You never know what will spark a turnaround. It could be a meeting between the starters and the coach. It could be a breakthrough in practice. Or it could be a late shot-clock reset that leads to a 35-foot shot from your struggling star that hits nothing but net.
Paul George not only hit that bomb, but did so in a one-point game with three minutes left in the game. The Pacers seemed to be in control much of the second half but putting away the win wasn't so easy. The ill-advised panic shot from along with the swish seemed to stun PG as much as everyone else watching. Something actually went right for a change.
"I think it's a step," Frank Vogel said. "You don't go from where we were struggling to being dominant overnight."
Other positive building blocks from the win were the 28-point first quarter and scoring over 100 points for the first time since mid-March. Buckets help. Plus, the Pistons are a strong rebounding team, and while Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond got theirs on the offensive glass, the teams were even in the rebounding column by the end of the game.
So the win wasn't an efficient, elite performance, but these signs of life and a positive night are something to build on and should put the Pacers in the right frame of mind for a real test on the road in Toronto on Friday. Then we might find out if this was part of the turnaround
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