Among the positive storylines emerging from the big W was the brief stint from newly acquired point guard, Ty Lawson. It didn't take long for Lawson to show what he can bring to the Pacers which was a good thing since it also didn't take him long to turn his ankle and leave the game for good with a sprained foot.
While Lawson was only able to give a whiff of what he can do for the Pacers, the fragrance was fresh and sweet for Pacers fans as he set up two quality buckets -- a three for Rodney Stuckey and a dunk for Jordan Hill -- before limping off the floor.
Reports since have minimized the severity of the injury and Lawson expects to be ready to resume playing in Dallas. That's a good thing as the Pacers integrate the speedy Lawson into the mix. Before hitting the links, here are a few more thoughts from the win over the Spurs:
- Rodney Stuckey should enjoy running in the reserve unit next to Lawson. Seeing the two together on the floor looked like two bulldogs looking to attack the yard in the paint. They are both stout and strong with the ball, considering Lawson's speed with the ball, that middle should soften up more for Stuckey to attack.
- The Pacers beat the Spurs at home for the first time since Apr. 1, 2007. Of course, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in that game at the Fieldhouse, as well. Fortunately, Jamaal TInsley was around to close things out, scoring seven points in a 10-2 run by the Pacers to close out the game and pull out the 100-99 win. The Tin Man was one of three 20-point scorers and also had eight assists. Ike Diogu also came up huge off the bench with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
- Among the little things the Pacers took care of against the Spurs was making free throws. Not only did they earn 30 trips to the line but they made 28 freebies. How many maddening games have we watched a plague of missed free throws rip through the Pacers lineup? All of a sudden, free throws have become a strength. In the last three games combined the Pacers are 65-71, including 47-50 in the two wins.
This week on The Phil Naessens Show we discussed the Pacers' hopes for adding Ty Lawson to the mix and how the Pacers can get rolling in the right direction for the remainder of the season. Check it out!
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