How did you spend your Saturday night? Danny Granger, Tyler Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert, Darren Collison, Paul George and a few other guys spent theirs losing by double-digits to Detroit, largely due to a terrible third quarter in which they turned the ball over 8 times and allowed the Pistons to go on a 20-3 run at one point.
The starters whose first name isn’t Tyler shot a combined 34.3% on 12-for-13 shooting. The starters whose first name is Paul played a combined 4 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble and only saw 12 minutes of action in total. No matter there really, however, as Brandon Rush came through with some hot shooting off the bench, sticking 4 of the 6 treys he took on his way to 19 points on 10 shots. It was Rush’s best scoring night since January 12. Nice evening for him. McRoberts played pretty good, t0o, flushing two alley-opps for 4 of his 8 points. He added 8 boards and was generally active in a good way in his 21 minutes.
Ultimately, you would think two good bench performances on the road would be enough to win in the Palace of Auburn Hills, the home of the NBA’s 7th worst team by record. Nope. Not a on a night when the starters barely made a dent on the score sheet.
This was Indiana’s 26th double-digit loss of the year, and it comes on the heels of a 17-point loss to a Sacramento team that currently has 19 wins and a poor showing (albeit in a win) against a New Jersey with 23 wins.
That’s all I’ll say on this one as you should just go read Tim’s recent and completely excellent breakdown of what’s increasingly looks like a broken team. All the same issues he raised were once again on display. And reading that will tell you a lot more about this team than me attempting to understand the reasons that these guys couldn’t stop Charlie Villanueva in the 4th quarter, anyone in the 3rd quarter or Rip Hamilton at any point in the game.
The Pacers play the Celtics on Monday.
Should be a barrel of fun.