IC Cold Links: Pacers Take Fight To Clippers In Big Win

Mar 20, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (right) reacts after running into Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (left) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats the Los Angeles Clippers 102-89. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers guard George Hill had a nice description when asked what was different in the Pacers big win over the Los Angeles Clipper compared to the two losses to the New York Games in the previous.

"We owned the airspace," said Hill.

That they did, especially the second unit Hill directed to take command of the game in the second quarter. The Pacers took the fight to the Clippers as the aggressors in the game which frustrated to Clippers who played more like "Flop City" instead of their "Lob City" moniker.

"We played a physical game." Hill explained. "We went back to the way we play and really not focusing on the offensive end but focusing on the defensive end. Any time we focus on the defensive end the offense will take care of itself. We have a lot of guys on this team that can score the ball, but we have to be willing defend at the defensive end."

The Clippers simply weren't up for a physical game, instead preferring to flop at first contact. The Pacers kept coming at them and were able to get under the visitor's skin, leading to a few skirmishes reminiscent of wins at Chicago, Minnesota and Dallas earlier in the season. In fact, I think the Pacers are undefeated in games when they provoke a little dust up from their opponent.

Blake Griffin led the flailing approach for the Clippers but that seemed to backfire since after awhile the refs can't tell what contact is legit because the guy is literally trying to sell a call whenever he's around the ball. The big fella certainly earned his share of fouls, but the Pacers did a good job of making it tough. George Hill even wrapped up Griffin just before he took flight on a late-game break opportunity, forcing Griffin to the free throw line. The Hack-A-Flopper approach worked pretty will since Griffin was 2-7 from the free throw line. As a team, the Clippers made just nine of 20 free throws. Griffin can dunk, though.

After the jump, check out the links along my initial thoughts after leaving the Fieldhouse last night.

Box score: Pacers 102, Clippers 89

PACERS: Rewind: Pacers vs. Clippers 120320

Bench comes through with solid effort | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers notebook: Hill tries out new role | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Clippers fall flat in 102-89 loss to Pacers - latimes.com

Clippers are giving it away at the free-throw line - latimes.com

Granger leads Pacers past Clippers, 102-89 - NBA - AP

A sign of things to come at point guard | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com

Barbosa bringing spark to Pacers bench

INDIANA 102, CLIPPERS 89: Clippers have nothing in reserve compared to Pacers - LA Daily News

Pacers 102 - Clippers 89 - It's Still About the Rotations - Clips Nation

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Wax the Clippers | Eight Points, Nine Seconds

ClipperBlog.com Blog for the Los Angeles NBA Clippers Fans " Blog Archive " Pacers 102, Clippers 89: Clippers Get Benched

No offense, Lob City just can't score - Los Angeles Clippers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles

NBA playoff races tighten in both conferences as Bucks, Knicks, Jazz and Rockets win.

A sign of things to come at point guard | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com


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