Finally, it's Super Bowl Sunday and the Colts vs. Saints will kickoff in mere hours, which isn't a bad antidote for the relapse we witnessed by the Pacers last night.
The Pacers are 2-8 when they have at least 20 turnovers, like they did last night. Now, I don't have the numbers to back up my claim, but I'm pretty sure they've never won a game when they combined the turnovers with a stagnant offensive flow with little to no ball and man movement.
See, when you run a motion offense you need some, umm...MOTION! We've seen it before and I imagine we'll see it again. And no, I don't blame it on T.J. Ford's return to the court. While he's not the best point guard for this particular offense, he was at least trying to make something happen last night.
Mike Dunleavy has become the quote machine during the Pacers' struggles, refusing to sugar coat the problems. According to Mike Wells, Dunleavy laid out the facts from last night succinctly and accurately.
"It's mind-boggling that guys just stand around," said Pacers swingman Mike Dunleavy, who was the only player not to commit a turnover. "Over the last couple of years when we move and create space, we've been so effective. I don't know if we're too lazy, but we just don't want to do it (anymore).
"Teams get up and pressure us and make us turn the ball over. It's just terrible to watch. We should know better because we've had success doing it before."
Well, that pretty much sums up the season right there.
After the jump, a few more links of interest from the game. But, real quick I need to send out an extra special THANK YOU to goodlucksaturday and Sean for helping me out the last two nights. I was hit hard by some form of evil flu on Friday night which then rendered me useless yesterday and these guys kept things flowing around here without a hitch.
Also, Stampede Blue is your one stop for all of the Colts-related coverage of the Super Bowl today.
- NBA.com (recap, box score, highlihgts)
- AP game report
- PACERS: Inside the Game: Bucks 93, Pacers 81
Bucks feast on Pacers' turnovers
Mike Wells reports on the Pacers loss in Milwaukee.
Whole package - JSOnline
Charles F. Gardner reports on the Bucks win and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's defensive effort to help shut down Danny Granger.
Pacers Notebook: Pacers' Price leaves with concussion
Mike Wells offers up more on the strange concussion A.J. Price suffered after being poked in the eye by Andre Bogut. Plus, a few takes on the Colts from inside the locker room.
Recap: Bucks 93, Pacers 81 - Brew Hoop
The Bucks raced past the Pacers and won for the seventh straight time at the Bradley Center thanks largely to Luc Mbah a Moute and Andrew Bogut.
Game #50 Recap – The Object Lesson
8.9 recaps the Pacers win on Friday night over the Detroit Pistons.
- Once again, Stampede Blue for all of the Colts related Super Bowl coverage.