It seemed as though this was going to be a quick little recap with across-the-board praise for everyone involved. Then the 4th quarter happened. And the Kings were in the zone. No … they weren’t unconsciously shooting the lights out on their way to an MJ shrug. I mean, they started playing a defense that most high school JV teams can bust with proper spacing, ball movement and two above-average shooters. Rather than employ that method to exploit a simple zone that wouldn’t impress Jim Boeheim, the Pacers tried something else: curling up into a ball and crawling into a hole to die.
This proved less effective as Indiana was outscored 26-8 in the fourth quarter during this 92-88 loss to Sacramento. They shot 3-for-16 and had 9 turnovers against the zone. The best part? They were up by 14 going into the final period and led by as much as 16 during a third quarter that was essentially the exact opposite what was to come. If there is any silver lining (there isn’t) I guess it might be this: every team will have a worst loss of the season and the Pacers may have just gotten theirs out of the way.
Not that it much matters in a devastating, embarrassing, amateur loss like this, but here is how each guy played individually tonight.
|David West - 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5 REB | 3 TO | 13 PTS |
Played well in the 1st half but was a non-factor in the 2nd. As in, I can’t remember one thing he did. Didn’t stand out during the 3rd quarter domination nor the 4th quarter humiliation. That’s probably a positive.
|Danny Granger - 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 16 PTS |
Started off 2-for-7 but was missing in the paint. Couldn’t hit an outside shot when the team needed him to.
|Roy Hibbert - 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 8 REB | 4 AST | 4 BLK | 13 PTS |
Looked absolutely marvelous … until the 4th. He turned from being the Pacers biggest weapon into a place the ball went to die. He was swarmed on the catch and couldn’t do anything useful. Played good D.
|Darren Collison - 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 TO | 16 PTS |
Played the whole 3rd, scoring 13 pts (on 5-for-6 FG), taking a charge and throwing a bunch of offense-producing passes while keeping the offense flowing. He was on the bench when things went south but couldn’t revive a patient on life support.
|Paul George – 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 TO | 10 PTS |
Nobody was more at fault for the collapse than this kid, who had three unforgivable, careless turnovers in the 4th. This could be a confidence-rattler. Hopefully he’ll shake it off.
|Dahntay Jones - 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2 REB | 2 PTS |
Dahntay being Dahntay. (Probably the only comment you’ll see again this season about this guy.)
|Lou Amundson - 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 PTS |
Played pretty well and added energy in limited minutes.
|George Hill - 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 TO | 8 PTS |
Have to put a lot of this on Hill, who is the leader of the second unit that sparked the collapse. A Hill/George/Dahntay/Tyler/Lou lineup is tough to lead, but they let a 14-point lead dwindle to 6.
|Tyler Hansbrough - 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 TO | 7 PTS |
Brought some physicality with a hard foul when Indy needed in the 2nd quarter but didn’t produce and didn’t look good during the collapse when he should have been scoring.
|Lance Stephenson - 6 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS |
Too few minutes for a real grade but made a Wade-to-LeBron-level full-court outlet pass. Missed all his shots though.