Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert leaned against the scorer's table, patiently waiting for a stop in play.
As the two players began walking onto the court, Hibbert clapped his hands hard looked Granger in the eye and said,"Let's go!" Granger returned a confident nod.
It was winning time which meant it was time for the two leaders to carry their team down the stretch and close out a victory. The scene gave me a little chill. I absolutely loved it! Hibbert maintaining his vocal leadership, firing up the team's best player, both appearing ready to save the day and secure the win.
Unfortunately the good intentions of Granger and Hibbert weren't enough to overcome their poor execution. Granger's first shot missed. The Bucks took the lead at the other end and then Hibbert missed on the following possession. The score was going the wrong way and Granger and Hibbert seemed helpless to stop it.
Granger finished the final 10 minutes shooting 1 for 6 from the floor along with one of his seven turnovers. Hibbert would go 0 for 3 with a couple of turnovers. Hibbert apeared to be pressing in the post all night as he struggled to strike a balance between being patient and holding the ball too long, making an assertive move and rushing his shot. Hibbert's rough night was especially frustrating since he was covered down the stretch by Luc Mbah a Moute or Ersan Ilyasova, not two imposing post defenders.
A frustrating night at the Fieldhouse ended with a frustrating finish for the Pacers' leaders. Now we'll see how both can apply the lessons learned from a sloppy night when they take on Denver on Tuesday.
After the jump, a few links of interest from last night's loss.
- Box score and highlights
PACERS: Inside the Game: Bucks 94, Pacers 90
Bruno has all of the numbers, notes, quotes and highlights.
Pacers miss their chances
Mike Wells reports on the Pacers letting a win slip through their hands in the second half.
Turnovers doom second-half scoring |
Mike Wells taps into the crux of the problem last night at crunch time.
AP: Salmons scores 22 to help Bucks beat Pacers 94-90
Cliff Brunt reports on the Bucks win.
Hoopdata Advanced Box Score - Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers 11/5/2010
The Four Factors show the Bucks win was no fluke.
Mbah a Moute takes on tall order for Bucks - JSOnline
Charles F. Gardner reports on the Bucks making things work without Andrew Bogut in the middle.
Bucks 94, Pacers 90: Salmons steps up while Bogut sits - Brew Hoop
Frank Madden tells the other side of the story on the Bucks win.
- Boomer Recaps the Pacers Loss to Bucks in Pictures