What is also the reason why Indy continues to struggle is this: turnovers. Many game infractions change the outcome of the game for the Pacers. The Pacers are the leaders in something and that category is game infractions.
First, let’s start with the turnovers. The Pacers are third in the league in turnovers, having 15.81 per game. Along with that, the Pacers lead the league in fouls per game, too, with 24.20 per game. And the Pacers are fifth in disqualifications per game, with 0.22. It does not look good. There’s things to improve.
With these game infractions, the Pacers have more than their opponent each game when it’s from fouls or to turnovers. But I’m not done yet. The last ten games don’t look much better.
Turnovers: No. 5, Committed fouls: No. 1, Disqualifications: No. 11. Pretty much the disqualifications are the only real positive in the last ten games outcome. But the last five? Shall we dig deeper (a Pacer fan, like me: “JUST STOP NOW!”).
Turnovers: No. 1, Fouls: No. 12, No. 26. Now there’s some things that are about these stats:
1) Okay, seriously, that Pistons game really helped out, okay?
2) But still, it’s weird that the game infractions of the last five games have been somewhat positive though Indiana has been 1-4 in their last five.
3) The turnovers really don’t surprise me. Remember: 1-4.
Now let’s wrap this is up with some points. Why do these game infractions tell us? How do they effect Indiana this season?
1) Now the 15-29 record can also be explained because of that month of when Danny Granger was injured. But with even with Granger, the defense was effected. Now to the real points…
2) The Pacers allow more than 104 PPG. Now what does this mean? Well, some of the points their opponents score come from the turnovers. Plus, with the large amount of free throws the opponent takes with Indy giving away fouls. Start blushing Hibbert.
3) The free throw percentage for Indiana’s opponents are ranked eleventh in the league!
4) Plus, the Pacers allow the most free throw attempts per game as of right now!
5) Along with the turnovers, the opponents steal the ball on the Pacers 8.6 times per game, second in the league.
6) The Pacers are in the Top 15 with their shots blocked per game.
Now you probably have an idea of why the Pacers are stuck at 15-29. More statistical analysis coming soon.
Stats provided by Yahoo! Sports, ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com, HoopData.com, and NBA.com.