The Pacers ran over the Clippers on Saturday night for their 10th straight win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to close out a four-game homestand in impressive fashion. Add the Clippers to the list of teams, including the Wizards, Kings and Knicks, that arrived at BLF feeling real good about their offense, only to leave shaking their head with a loss and far fewer points than expected.
The win pushed the Pacers home record to 21-1 to lock up a winning home record for the season (yes, it is mid January!) for the 25th consecutive year. Not bad.
Before hitting the links, here are a few notes from the Fieldhouse last night:
- Frank Vogel was happy about slowing down the Clippers at what they do best by holding them to just six fast break points and only 20 three-point attempts. Those key points also helped the Pacers hold the Clips' FG percentage below 40 percent. The Pacers are now 18-0 when they hold opponents below that mark.
- Prior to the game, Doc Rivers admitted the obvious, that his team needed to push the pace and score in transition. He remarked that the Pacers are so big defensively, that they don't want to get stuck in the half court where the Pacers D "can get their hands on you." Suffice it to say, the Pacers got their hands on the Clips all night.
- David West made a rare blunder, getting hung up with Blake Griffin after the second quarter buzzer sounded and drawing an ejection on a flagrant two foul. With a 16-point lead and a visiting opponent ready to crumble, it was poor timing for West, but his teammates had his back and delivered the knock out in the second half without him.
- West dismissed the flagrant foul as part of some baggage between he and Griffin. Simply said, if any player locks his arm up like that, he's throwing the arm to free it. He also thinks he won't be further suspended. West liked what he saw while watching the second half from the weight room where he let off a little steam while getting in an early workout.
- Danny Granger's 12 points marked the ninth time DG has scored in double-figures since his return. The Pacers are 12-2 since Granger rejoined the playing rotation and the offensive boost he's given off the bench has turned the reserve rotations lethal. David West called Granger a "Blowout Machine" because after the starters establish a lead, Granger makes plays that have led to the recent blowouts with the reserves knocking out opponents for good.
- According to Michael Grady, Doc Rivers had a couple of words of encouragement for Frank Vogel during their post-game handshake. "Beat Miami."
- Lance Stephenson enjoyed talking to the media about his game and chippy play with various Clippers, but turned serious and stone-faced when asked if he or any teammates joked around with David West after rolling past the Clippers without him. "No," Stephenson said, shaking his head as he actually looked toward West's locker as if to make sure the locker room regulator wasn't hearing him speak. "I don't mess with West," Stephenson concluded.
- Paul George started the homestand in a bit of a shooting slump, but finished last night on fire. In the last three games, PG made 13 of 21 three-point attempts including five of six against the Clippers to fuel a 36-point effort. Oh, and he did this.
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