A quarter of the way through the season, the Indiana Pacers have revealed themselves to be a .500 team.
Their 11-11 records points out that obvious fact, but so does their inconsistent level of play. There has been some spectacular play at both ends of the court in those 11 wins, along with some gritty toughness to hang onto a couple of big W's.
There's also been some brow-furrowing play with wild turnovers and rim-clanking shooting performances in the 11 losses. The unsettled play overall has kept the playing rotations a moving target for Jim O'Brien. Just when things seem to be falling into place, a crack in the 8-9 man rotation arises and changes the minutes distribution.
Darren Collison has felt the impact of this more than any other starter with his inconsistent play keeping him on the bench at crunch time in several games. T.J. Ford had been finishing games if DC didn't, but in Atlanta JOB turned to A.J. Price who has been inactive for much of the year. Price showed up pretty well and today Mike Wells captured Collison's frustrations.
"I don't know why I didn't play," said Collison, who has started all 19 games he's appeared in.
"I'm not going to lie, it's been tough. Right now, I'm not used to it. It is what it is."
Later Collison goes on to say he can only control things when he's in the game, when he's not he'll be supportive of whoever is in the game. That's kind of the point isn't it? Play better on the court and your team will rely on you at crunch time. DC's play at both ends of the court has been far from consistent enough to seize the majority of minutes at point guard. Hopefully that will change.
The Pacers have to come together starting tonight for a tough pair of games starting with Chicago Bulls and then the L.A. Lakers at home on Wednesday. Danny Granger tweaked his ankle in Atlanta and is day-to-day which may activate Paul George tonight.
After the jump, a few more links of interest.
Pacers Darren Collison still confused by point guard rotation
Mike Wells reports on the Pacers point guard situation which is far from settled.
Hard work has Rose off to three-mendous start - Chicago Tribune
Teddy Greenstein reports on how Derrick Rosehas elevated his game this season. Fabulous.
Players might look overseas if lockout occurs | IndyStar.com
Mike Wells reports on players considering other sources of revenue should the league lock them out this summer.
Foster: I Want To Retire A Pacer
Jeff Fosterhas witnessed the Pacers go from title contenders to playoff absentees. He talks with HOOPSWORLD on the teams current play and his desire to retire as a Pacer.
Rivalry revived? Louisville hopes to snare NBA team | IndyStar.com
Mike Wells reports on a group in Louisville looking for an NBA team.
How Roy Hibbert Learned to Pass
Jared Wade looks at where the big fella developed his passing ability from the post.
Indiana Pacers Training Camp Diary: Day 3 and 4 - Yardbarker
Rod Benson recounts his hoop journey which included a stint in training camp with the Pacers.