There were so many favorable numbers for the Pacers on Tuesday night, that it is hard to look at the stat sheet without assuming they won until you look at the ultimate stat -- Final score: Clippers 91, Pacers 89.
The Pacers outrebounded the Clips, outscored them in the paint 38-14 and in transition 9-5. Sure the Pacers missed 10 free throws, but the Clips missed 12. Paul George scored 31 points and the Pacers held the Clips to 91 points. All of those conditions would normally indicate a solid home win for the Pacers.
Instead, a flurry of three pointers by the Clippers and a fourth quarter fizzle on the offensive end keep the Pacers reeling and looking for answers. Frank Vogel continues to tinker with the playing rotation, mixing and matching players hoping something will work. Although through all of the five-man lineups, Vogel has tried pairing Ian Mahinmi and Myles Turner just once. The experiment didn't last a minute in Phoenix before Mahinim hurt his ankle.
Now Vogel says he wants to pair the two bigs up again at some point. I'd say we're past the point of giving it a look. Mahinmi returned to play 29 minuts on Tuesday despite getting banged up a bit, his ankle appeared to survive the return. Thursday the Pacers face the Hawks which gives Vogel another chance to find Turner 25-30 minutes and give that pairing with Mahinmi an honest look.
Might as well give it a shot. The only thing the Pacers have to lose is another game.
On a lighter note, Lance Stephenson DNP'd for the Clippers (no, that's not funny) and while he didn't speak with the media, he did drop a fantastic line on former Pacers beat writer Mike Wells who was helping ESPN cover the Blake Griffin story angle.
Caught up with ex-Pacer and current Clipper Lance Stephenson and FIRST thing he said was, "I bet you thought it was me at first. Not me!"— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) January 26, 2016
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