Pacers Links: Pacers make winning tough which is still better than losing

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers remain off their game a bit, but were still able to overcome a load of turnovers to hold on and beat the Nets at the Fieldhouse.

The Pacers seemed relieved to just win a game they were expected to win but didn't deserve to win after not playing their best. The reserve unit continues to struggle, making a collective 4 of 18 shots but at this point nothing matters other than the Ws.

What the past couple of weeks has confirmed is that despite the gaudy record, the Pacers can't show up without playing well and expect to roll any team. If there is one area of their game out of sync, a loss remains in play.

Always something with the Pacers when they struggle to put away teams or lose games. Lately free throw shooting has been a problem, but the effort at the line helped seal the win on Saturday night. The Pacers made 32 of 37 free throws to enjoy an 11-point advantage on freebies over the Nets.

Of course, turnovers (24) and the points they turned into (36) for the Nets was the bugaboo area that forced the Pacers to sweat out the W for the full 48. Eventually, Luis Scola ended the game with 0.4 second remaining on what could've been a turnover had there been more time.

Fitting end for the Pacers to just take the W and move on to Monday night when they host Orlando.

Distractions from the Andrew Bynum signing didn't seem to bother the Pacers, although I wouldn't say they are excited about their new teammate. David West felt, trying to do too much, as he put it, "swinging for home runs" with passes led to the rash of turnovers and the need to grind out a win. The Pacers made winning difficult on themselves against the Nets, but they'll take the tough win over a bad loss any day.

Check out the links:

Nets at Pacers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 97, Nets 96 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

West Delivers in Words and Deed | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Sloppy Pacers hang on to sweep Nets - 1070 The Fan

Bird says Bynum provides depth for Pacers frontcourt - Indy Star

Sloppy Pacers manage to nip Brooklyn 97-96 - Indy Star

Kravitz: Signing Bynum a bold, low-risk move by Pacers - Indy Star

Nets’ Williams Gets Start, but Pacers Hold On at End - NYTimes.com

Nets play tough but Pacers complete the season sweep, 97-96 - NetsDaily

Magic practice notebook: Orlando gears up for physical Celtics, Pacers - Orlando Pinstriped Post

Nets edged by Pacers as Deron Williams struggles in return to starting lineup  - NY Daily News

Deron Williams ‘starts’ on wrong foot | New York Post

Nets hang tough, but fall to Pacers | New York Post

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Somehow Find a Way to Beat Shaun Livingston | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

TheJayGravesReport.com: Big Worm (How Larry Bird fell for banana in the tailpipe by signing Bynum)

Mr. Pacer: An ugly win and the Bynum factor - Mr. Pacer

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