As much as the first three games indicated that maybe this Indiana Pacers team was different from last year, it only took two pathetic quarters last night to reveal they are still a work in progress and prone to fatal lapses in execution.
The stagnant first half brought back memories of the absolute no-show last season in Miami. In fact, if the Pacers were playing in Miami last night instead of Philly, a fifty-point deficit wouldn't have been out of the question.
The only tinge of a silver lining from last night's cloudy performance, was Roy Hibbert standing up after the game and demanding more from his team. He didn't push off blame or throw anyone under the bus, he just voiced his displeasure with the whole outing to the media. Then he went straight to the fans and tweeted his frustration, apologizing for the clunker on behalf of his teammates.
You know it was a bad night when a post-game rant highlights the evening, but it could be worse. We could've heard the normal, droopy collection of "we have to do better" responses. Gvie Hibbert credit for taking on some vocal leadership in the locker room. Hopefully that's the start of straightening things out for the game against Milwaukee on Friday.
After the jump, a few links of interest including Hibbert chatting about the team with JMV prior to the disaster in Philly.
- Box score
Hoopdata Advanced Box Score - Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers 11/3/2010
Not for the squeemish. Lose all of the Four Factors, lose the game. Pacers missed more shots than they made at the rim (12-25). Struggling to remember all 12 makes...
PACERS: Game Rewind: Sixers 101, Pacers 75
Video highlights, analysis, notes, quotes and stats from the Pacers' 101-75 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Mike Wells reports on the Pacers poor performance and Roy Hibbert demanding better after the game.
- AP: Brand leads 76ers past Pacers, 101-75
76ers gain first win; Collins misses second half but says he's "good" | Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/04/2010
Mario Aguirre reports on the Sixers earning their first win along with an update on Doug Collins.
- Roy Hibbert chats with JMV prior to last night's game.
Jones' playing time off bench disappears | IndyStar.com
Mike Wells reports on Dahntay Jones being stuck in no man's land on the Pacers bench while the team tries to trade him. Also, Jeff Foster suffered a severe sprained ankle prior to the game yesterday.
A Win! Sixers Pounce on Pacers, Collins Leaves After First Half - Liberty Ballers
Tanner Steidel basks in the glow of the Sixers' first win.
Rookie Ladder | NBA.com
Paul Georgechecks in at number eight on NBA.com's rooking rankings.
- Troy Murphy makes New Jersey Nets debut vs. Charlotte Bobcats
The Good Point - Ron Artest and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
While you're in a fould mood, might as well check out another look back at the brawl even if it glosses over a lot of other major factors impacting the Pacers between now and the incident.