It’s sad, but not unexpected. The San Antonio Spurs came to Indy with the NBA’s best record and a 17-game win streak. The Indiana Pacers have been complete and utter crap, having lost their last two games in double-digits against the Wizards and Cavs and having eclipsed 80 points only once in their last 6 games, being an 84-83 win over the Miami Heat, their lone victory over this stretch.
Still I had hope that the Pacers could turn things around. They were still a league-leading 33-4 at home heading into the game, and they were about as desperate as desperate could be. I clung on to the possibility of a miracle.
What an idiot I am. The Pacers fell behind early, stuck around, made a few runs, never threatened, then fell apart in the fourth quarter. Final score, 103-77. Ouch.
I want to channel my inner Jennifer Lawrence and reach for that silver linings playbook, but there’s not much to like here.
– The Pacers still failed to break 80 points
– The Pacers shot 37.7%, but it’s the best they’ve shot from the field since a win over the Bulls on March 21 (where they shot 43%)
– They gave up 103 points, the most since an OT win in Detroit on March 15; the last time they gave up 100 in a non-OT game was in a win over Milwaukee on Feb 22
– They had 14 assists against 15 turnovers
– Paul George had 16 but had 5 turnovers and shot 5-13 from the field. PG’s FG% in March? A woeful 37.2%
– Evan Turner played just 7 minutes and did not score again. When Rasual Butler plays by far the most minutes of anyone off the bench (22) you know it’s not good
– The fans booed them. A lot
– It was their third consecutive loss; fifth loss in six games; sixth loss in eight games. They finish March with a brutal 8-10 record
– The team falls to 52-23, and with Miami about to wrap up a win against Toronto, it will allow the Heat to take over the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time this season
– The only positives to take from this game are: (a) it’s over; (b) March is over; (c) there are only 6 games left in the season; (d) the Pacers play tanking Detroit next
I am going to go stab a fork in my face now.