Somehow the Pacers let a late four-point lead slip away before losing in overtime, which is quite remarkable upon closer inspection. How in the world did they amass a four-point lead with less than two minutes to go? Considering that three of the Pacers' top four scorers combined to shoot 8 for 39 in the clankfest, the fact the Pacers weren't run over by the Nets is impressive.
The matchup with the Nets highlighted just how important Granger can be to the Pacers upon his return. Paul George fouled out after a tough game, including his worst offensive night since the "Golden State Goose Egg" at the first of December. Of course, PG also had to chase Joe Johnson around on defense while then being chased on offense by Gerald Wallace. With Granger in the lineup, PG won't always have to guard the best wing player and then have the opponents best defender guard him.
But at this point, the Pacers appear to simply need to the All-Star break to hit the reset button and start fresh after the break. Part of that includes taking care of business on Wednesday when Charlotte visits the Fieldhouse. The Bobcats beat the Boston Celtics on Monday to stop the C's winning streak.
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