The Indiana Pacers continue looking for a way to play a complete game. Last night, the third quarter let down hurt them. The night before it was the first quarter. Some nights the offense generates nothing but perimeter shots that don't go in. Other nights the defense can't get a stop when the game is on the line.
Usually, all of the above contribute to losses in at least a little way and the team's thin margin for error can withstand the pressure. This current stretch of games against quality opponents really shines a light on the talent deficit the Pacers are playing with which forces them to play at a high level to even think about winning.
Milwaukee left last night very unhappy with their play, yet they carefully packed the W to take along with them anyway. Their fifth straight win without firing on all cylinders. That's when you know things are looking up. Things aren't looking up for the Pacers.
After the jump, more links of interest.
Reggie Miller Winning Time
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Nothing is surprising anymore
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A new perspective on history for Buckner
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A Very Special Episode of The Larry Bird Show
Jared Wade Extranormalizes for a frank talk about the Pacers with, well, himself.
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Joakim Noah continues to struggle with his foot injury and appears to be doubtful for the Bullswhen they visit the Fieldhouse tomorrow. As we know with Granger, Noah should probably take the pain and fix his foot. That might make him a factor for the playoffs.
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Andrew Sharp digs through the latest topics of note around the NBA.
Pistons trainer banishes Nike Hyperize sneakers
BDL comments on the Pistons banning a certain shoe for a serious lack of ankle support.