While I understand they were playing from behind, it seemed they got away from the kind of grind that has been responsible for their wins so far this season: smash-mouth basketball. The kind of basket Coach Vogel is so outspoken about. The kind of basketball that starts closer to rim by pairing guys like Tyler, Roy and David together in the front-court.
In the 4th quarter the Pacers played a lineup of Hansbrough Granger George Hill and Collison for an extended stretch. During the broadcast, Quinn Buckner kept mentioning this was because it was the team's most active lineup and had the best chance at disrupting the other team. While this was true at times defensively our offense seemed to sacrifice greatly as the players never seemed to have their feet under them. Too many settled jumpers and slow rotations during stretches where tired players got caught in a pattern of weak offensive possessions, which in turn led to winded backpedaling and easy buckets against a tired undersized D.
With so much attention being given to the importance of depth given this crazy condensed season, wearing guys out and not looking for a spark from the fresh legs of Lance or the hustle of Lou for more than a few spot minutes - especially given long night the team had on a back-to-back - seems questionable. But seeing two of the team's most consistent players so far this season riding the pine in the 4th: the resilient vet that is David West and a very Hungry Hungry Hibbert... after they had been so important down the stretch the previous night... well... it reminded me of JOB.
...but its just one game right? :)
Cheers to a good night's sleep and double-double's in threes!