Vogel Named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

Jessica Hoffman

NEW YORK, April 27, 2012 – The Indiana Pacers’ Frank Vogel and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Lionel Hollins today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

Vogel led Indiana to an Eastern Conference- best 12-3 (.800) record including a league-leading 5-0 mark on the road, the Pacers longest winning streak away from home since 2003-04. The Pacers’ 12 victories were the team’s most wins in a month since November 2003 (13-2). During April, the Pacers averaged 102.7 points – nearly six points above its season average -- and ranked sixth overall in Plus-Minus Score Differential (+5.7).

Hollins guided the Grizzlies to a 13-3 record in April, tying the franchise mark for the most wins in a month (March, 2004). Among the Grizzlies’ 13 victories were wins at Oklahoma City, which snapped the Thunder’s six-game winning streak, and at Miami. Memphis’ season-ending home victory against Orlando was the team’s franchise-tying 11th straight win at FedExForum, and clinched homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Atlanta’s Larry Drew, Boston’s Doc Rivers, Denver’s George Karl, New York’s Mike Woodson, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, and Utah’s Tyrone Corbin.