A two-point game? I'm starting to forget what a close game feels like. I kid, of course, but the Pacers did make history with their 114-82 win over the Pistons by becoming the first NBA team to win their first two games immediately following the All-Star game by at least thirty points, according to Elias.
The Pacers are simply playing at a SMH level, with a stingy defense that refuses to give up anything easy. Even up thirty against Detroit, game over, the Pacers would rather take a foul than give up a layup. They can't be fun to play and opponents are starting to get that look in their eye that they don't have it in them to match the Pacers effort at both ends of the floor.
That defense is starting to fuel far better results on the offensive end as the Pacers are pushing the ball with more urgency (and confidence) in transition while making the extra pass or two in the half court. Oh, and the bench has hopped this wave of confidence and joined the fun to turn great starts into blowouts in the last two games.
It's always a chore to beat the same team two times in a row, let alone on the road for the second game. Still, the Pistons will have to show a monumental amount of pride and grit to rebound overnight from that loss. I imagine it was tough getting out of be this morning thinking what lies ahead.
Detroit can latch hope based on the Pacers lack of dominance on the road, though which remains the next step. Make teams feel defeated before they show up, even in their own building.
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