The Beginning of the End in the Loss to New York

The Pacers lost an intense game against the Knicks last night, largely on the strength of their inability to score in the 4th quarter. Throughout the period, they turned the ball over, took rushed shots outside the paint (see this fourth quarter shot chart), got whistled for technicals, and continually committed what Knicks legend/announcer Clyde Frazier called “asinine fouls now by the Pacers.”

There were other reasons for the loss, of course: the whole second quarter, 15 missed 3-pointers, David West only taking 4 shots despite spending 21 of his 26 minutes matched up against the defensively challenged Amar’e Stoudemire, the fact that Pacers without the last name “Hibbert” shot 24-for-63 (38.1%) in the game.

But it was a shame that weak execution and seeming frustration down the stretch ruined what was otherwise a fun game to watch between two teams that have probably seen as much of each other as they care to this season. As the third quarter was coming to an end, it felt like this one was going to have an excellent finish with a playoff-level atmosphere.

Instead, after starting off the quarter by cutting the Knicks lead to just one, they had the offensive sequence shown in the video above and then continued to squander possession after possession while watching New York’s margin of victory continue to balloon.

Tags: Clyde Frazier

  • NoLookPass

    I felt going to small ball there played a major part in losing, The Knicks missed several wide open easy shots and we couldn’t do anything to cut into their lead and that sloppy possession only highlights the anemic offense. Tyler, Hill,. Roy, DC and PG actually cut into the lead and played competitively for several min then we never seen that group again and went right into small ball.

    Lou brings nothing offensively when actually defended and he’s a TO waiting to happen and if by chance he does get a bailout foul he can’t shoot FT. AJ can’t shoot a lick unless its a 20 point game in the second half of the 4th so if he isn’t passing he brings nothing, Danny has been off all year but still shoots just as much as ever and Hill was off last night and it made no sense to keep firing away with him when he was clearly ice cold.

    We made a whopping 4 hoops in the 4th and one was on our very first possession and another was on the very last one! So we made 2 buckets from 11:35 left to 20.8 left. West shot zero shots in the 4th and Big Roy had just 2 making one. It blows my mind how we have 3 big men who want the ball and have the ability to go off in spurts but yet we love getting away from them for long jumpers.

  • Sam

    Its interesting that Mike Woodson is now 11-1 in his last 12 games against the Pacers as head coach……He must know something that even Indiana doesn’t about themselves

  • NoLookPass

    I see a lot of people pressing for us to go after Ronny Turiaf for rebounding. That guy actually has a lower PER36 rebounding total that Tyler has 7.6 to 8.5 despite being the larger man and playing for more uptempo teams who miss a lot.

  • Ced

    Turiaf has a broken hand I think and I don’t know when he will be able to play again.
    But he is a smash mouth type bball player, when he played at GS he finished somerhing like 3rd in blocks, I see him like Amundson but with a bigger body, intensity, great passion he’ll be a fan favorite after 2 games.