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Timberwolves 131, Pacers 118: Breakdown

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Really hard to put words together for this 131-118 loss. First of all, I landed in Seattle this afternoon and didn't get a chance to see the game or stream the radio broadcast. Lucky me.

After seeing an early update with the Pacers up 33-14, I was extremely pumped. Surely, the T'Wolves would lay down after an early beat down. The Pacers appeared to be following the script I had envisioned by taking care of three weaker teams, while their competition in the Central struggled.

Those good feelings were quickly drained when I saw the half time score with the Pacers down 60-55. Cornrows, Jr. tried to ease my mind reminding me the Pacers were only down five. I figured he was right, plus, blowing big leads is common place this year. The Pacers would dig in and get back control of the game.

Apparently, the Pacers forgot to pack a shovel. The Pacers weren't able to get any closer than that five point deficit at the half. Once the T'Wolves extended the lead, it appears the Pacers were the team that curled up in the fetal position.

How did this happen? Nothing in the box score sticks out except the T'Wolves FG%. They made more shots, with Sebastian Telfair and Antoine Walker leading the way. SCREEEEEEECHHH!!!! Telfair triples his scoring output with 27 points and adds 11 assists? 'Toine's been hobbled and hasn't played much lately, but he gets free to make six 3-balls? That's all I need to know about the defensive breakdowns that soiled the Pacers' effort.

The T'Wolves pumped in 131 points. Inexcusable. This is a team averaging 93 points per game. They've only reached the 100 point mark once in December and in that game they hit 100 on the nose.

Okay, enough with this mess. Time to move on. The Pacers are probably quite excited to have a quick shot at redemption with the Washington Wizards coming to the Fieldhouse on Saturday night. They better tighten up the defense though, because even without Gilbert Arenas, the Wiz still have plenty of firepower to light up the scoreboard.

Three quick points:

  • Mike Dunleavy continued his consistent contributions, pitching in with 30 points.
  • Shooters Kareem Rush and Travis Diener both had a good stroke going. Diener didn't miss a shot, making both field goals, including one 3-ball and two free throws. I realize this was minimal garbage time, but you gotta start somewhere. Maybe the DNP-CD against Philly on a night when Jamaal Tinsley sat out, scared Diener's jump shot straight.
  • Is it just me, or does it seem like everytime the Pacers wear their new gold uniforms, they lose? Especially on the road. Forget all the analysis, defensive breakdowns, lack of fight and execution. Just change the uniforms.