March 13, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Louis Amundson (17) runs up the court against the Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Portland 92-75. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
The Indiana Pacers buried the struggling Portland Trail Blazers with a full team effort on Tuesday night. Lou Amundson took over the spotlight, and deservedly so, but George Hill made sure that the second unit was rolling along with David West.
West played the whole second quarter including over nine minutes with the second unit and really backed up his words following the Orlando game with an effort to lead on the floor. Area 55 was on top of their game as well with the M-V-P chants for Lou along with singing the old Kingsmen classic, "Louie, Louie" as the Pacers put the W to bed in the fourth quarter.
Fun night at the Fieldhouse.
Not so much for the Blazers though. The Pacers held Portland to 31.3% shooting from the floor as they managed to make just 20 field goals and only had five assists on those makes. Worse, there barely seemed to be a pulse on Portland's bench throughout the game.
The Pacers gave up a ton of free throws, some on questionable calls Frank Vogel refused to address following the game so as to save some cash, but regardless it showed that the Pacers defensive effort did error on the side of aggression. Not many open looks for the Blazers even if it meant drawing a foul.
That type of aggression will be needed against the Sixers tonight when the Pacers play a rare game on national TV with ESPN in town. Get down to the Fieldhouse and get crazy.
Check out the links after the jump along with my thoughts before I left the Fieldhouse last night.