After the Pacers won the opening tip in Minnesota, it didn't take long for things to start going wrong. Within ten seconds, Paul George tried to feed Roy Hibbert as three Minnesota players collapsed on him and the Big Dawg couldn't get a grip on the ball leading to the first of 21 turnovers on the game for the Pacers.
All of those turnovers helped fuel a transition game for the Timberwolves that allowed them to run past the Pacers for the win. Minnesota is one of the top transition teams in the league, which was easy to see last night with Kevin Love's full-court outlet pass ability and Corey Brewer's sprint out game. Talk about turnovers for touchdowns, they were like Manning and Harrison, or I guess, Culpepper and Moss.
In the Pacers win over Minnesota at the Fieldhouse in November, they held the Wolves to just six transition buckets. Last night, Minnesota cashed in 18 points on the run which included Brewer making four of his five baskets by getting behind the defense for a layup or dunk. When you add that to the monster games from Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, the Pacers did well to hang around as long as they did.
It was nice to see Frank Vogel shake up his playing rotation in the second half to give Chris Copeland, Luis Scola's minutes. Scola was doing more harm than good in the first half, so there was nothing to lose and Cope offered a brief spark but unfortunately, the Pacers didn't have anything resembling a win in them last night.
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