Happy New Year to you and yours as we digest yet another disheartening loss by the Pacers, a team that's moved past needing a critical win and is now desperate to end the losing and beat the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night.
Looking back at yesterday's loss, I have a couple of questions.
How did Mike Dunleavy only get on shot off in the second half after scoring 18 first half points? Yes, he had foul trouble, but he played enough second-half minutes to get some shots.
Why has Jeff Foster's role been reduced? O'B answered that question by praising Troy Murphy's play.
What happens the next time the Pacers are up ten in the fourth quarter? The Pacers realize there's a problem with finishing games, but haven't done anything about it.
Granger: "I don't know what it is," Pacers guard Danny Granger said. "We get up, have a chance to put the game away and we start turning the ball over, we take some contested shots and we lose the game."
Dunleavy: "We should have won this game going away," Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy said. "I think if there are any adjustments that need to be made it needs to be the ability to close out games."