The Indiana Pacers did use last night as a game off for three of their major players, George Hill, Roy Hibbert, and Danny Granger, so Paul George took advantage of that to put together a good game for himself. Putting up 27 points with 12 points in the fourth quarter to help propel the Pacers to a win. This might as well have been the B-team of the Pacers as AJ Price, Jeff Pendergraph, and Dahntay Jones got to start. This is only the fourth different lineup, the Pacers have used, which is towards the bottom of the league. What a change that is from years past, when it felt like you didn’t know who was going to start.
The Pacers even shot worse than the Pistons and still won this game by 6 points with a score of 103-97. They built a lead of 9 points during the game, and looked to be in control most of the way even with this different lineup. Everyone scored who played, and this was truly a team effort.
One downside to this game was Darren Collison, who looks to be adjusting to his role on the second unit. He had 6 turnovers and shot 1-8 from the field. He’s going to have to make sure his game is on for the playoffs as he’s going to be the key part to that second unit. He’ll get another game to put it together on Wednesday night against the Bulls.
It should be interesting to see if Coach Frank Vogel goes back to the original starting lineup, so those guys don’t have a whole week off before the game on Saturday or Sunday. David West played last night to keep in rhythm, and I think the starters need some playing time on Wednesday night to keep their legs fresh for the weekend games.