OKC show Pacers why superstars make a difference

Ouch. That's all I can say after the Oklahoma City Thunder pounded the Pacers 97-74 in Indiana. The game was kinda close for two-and-a-half quarters, though the Thunder seemed in charge all the way. In the end, despite Roy Hibbert's 22 and 8, it came down to the fact that OKC had superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, while the Pacers simple had three regular All-Stars.

What can you say? Those guys imposed their will and took over the game when it mattered. Not to say the Pacers can't beat a team with superstars, but when they have two, it becomes all the more difficult. Unfortunately, with Danny Granger sidelined for the remainder of the season, we were deprived the opportunity to find out if four stars (Granger, Hibbert, George West), a solid point guard (George Hill) and a young wild card (Lance Stephenson) would be enough to beat a team with two superstars.

The loss means the Pacers are falling behind in the race for the second seed with the streaking Knicks. Right now, however, all I care about is that they finish the season on a strong note. This is not the time of the year to be falling apart.

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