The Indiana Pacers dumped a home overtime loss to the visiting Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night, 115-108.
I'm spending my last night in Seattle and was unable to watch this one or even listen. I was able to sneak a few peeks at updates but I'm still left with many questions I'm hoping someone can help me answer.
First of all, how come I never hear about Raymond Felton except when he's nuking the Pacers at the Fieldhouse? Last year when the Bobcats finished off the Pacers' playoff hopes in game 80, Felton played a critical role. Not only did he pitch in 18 points and 12 assists, he broke down the perimeter defense at crunch time to make plays at the hoop.
Tonight Felton put up his best game of the season with 31 points and 7 assists. Can't blame Flip Murray and a hobbled Travis Diener for this one. What happened?
The Pacers eight turnovers and eight FGs at the 8:33 mark in the second quarter. That's simply not giving your team a chance to compete, let alone win. Fortunately, there were no more turnovers before the break and the Pacers worked their way back into the game. Funny how that works.
Quisy and Danny appeared to have great games. T.J. Ford also has a nice line, once again flirting with a triple-double. Shouldn't that be enough? Was it simply too many turnovers early and late to overcome?
The only thing left to deduce is a complete defensive letdown. The Pacers battled their way back into the game, even appeared to have control late. But they couldn't get a stop. Late in the game and in overtime with the game in the balance, the Bobcats kept scoring whenever they needed to. Would one or two stops late in the fourth quarter have earned the W? Was the break down in defensive rotations or on the ball?
Final question: How in the world will the Pacers bounce back to win at Orlando on Saturday night?
Let me know if you have any answers to help me out.