The Indiana Pacers' "Big Three" of Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison looked more like a "Smedium Three" in the end last night when compared to the San Antonio Spurs' veteran trio responsible for closing out the win.
Still, the Pacers' trio did come up big in their first real game together which bodes well for the rest of the season. How consistently they can provide last night's type of production will have a major impact on the number of wins and losses the Pacers compile. As the team moves into a portion of the schedule where they play more comparable teams, Granger, Hibbert and Collison will have to find ways to finish strong and close out wins ala Timmy and the boys last night.
After the jump, a few links of interest from the loss last night.
- Box score and highlights
PACERS: Rewind: Spurs 122, Pacers 109
Pacers.com breakdown with all of the notes, quotes and numbers from the game. -19 in points off turnovers remains glaring.
Pacers start season with loss to Spurs, 122-109
Mike Wells reports that hot shooting can't save Indiana from turnovers, poor defense as they open season with loss on the road.
Pacers notebook: O'Brien has a couple of issues with Rush's suspension
Mike Wells empties his notebook including some comments from JOB on his playing rotation and decision to make A.J. Price inactive for the game.
- AP: Duncan, Ginobili push Spurs past Pacers in opener
Spurs Nation » Just like old times, Spurs’ Big Three beats Indiana
Jeff McDonald reports on the Spurs leaning on their veteran stars to earn a win over the Pacers.
Hoopdata Advanced Box Score - Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs
With 103 possessions and a the numbers revealed by Four Factors, the Spurs won playing the Pacers' type of game.
Bird's three-year plan to fix Pacers nearing its deadline | NBA.com
Steve Aschburner gets Larry Bird's thoughts on the Pacers.