Indiana Falls Apart in the Fourth Quarter, Get Run Out of the Gym by Brooklyn

BK 4th

Above, we see thePacers’ shooting chart for the first three quarters of their 97-86 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. After these first 36 minutes, during which Indiana shot 52.5% (32-for-61) overall and 61.4% (27-for-44) inside the three-point line, the Pacers led 75-69.

Everything looked wonderful.

Then the fourth quarter happened, and it all fell apart.

They shot just 3-for-22 (13.6%) in the final period and allowed the momentum-fueled Nets to make 8-of-14 (57.1%). In all, they were out-scored 28-11, which was the fewest points any Brooklyn opponent has scored on in a fourth quarter this season.

“I thought we stepped up our defense intensity in the last quarter,” said Deron Williams after the game. “We knew we had to get stops for us to have a chance to win the game.”

Really, that was their only chance. And playing that badly in the fourth is just about the only way the Pacers could turn a game they controlled for three quarters into a blowout the other way.

“We stopped executing, and we lost our composure,” said David West.

According to West, the bleeding actually started a little earlier.

He didn’t like the way Indiana ended the third quarter, as they continually put Brooklyn on the free-throw line, where the Nets narrowed the gap and got the Pacers into foul trouble. Seven of Brooklyn’s final nine points of the third came from the charity stripe.

Seeing as how three of those fouls were on West, I’m going to speculate that he may not have agreed with all the calls. Meanwhile, Roy Hibbert and Paul George were both forced to the bench at different times after picking up their fifth fouls.

George certainly wasn’t thrilled. “I think when we get 12 free throws and they have around 31, it is hard to overcome,” said George. “We have to do a better job at playing without fouling.” He added that he thought “we could’ve won this game, but some things you can’t have control over.”

If you combine the foul trouble, Danny Granger’s continued presence on the bench in a suit and the fact that Lance Stephenson left this game early with a sore foot, there were some real personnel issues. Piling on, Paul George missed last night’s game with the flu and George Hill is only a few days recovered from his battle with the bug. It was also the second night of a back-to-back.

All those things combined do add a lot of adversity.

Still, there is no excuse for playing so poorly, on both ends of the floor, in the final period.

Throughout the course of tonight’s game, over the PA system, I must have heard “Where Brooklyn at? Where Brooklyn at? Where Brooklyn at?” 40 times. Well, Mr. Biggie Smalls, right now, Brooklyn is in exactly the same place that they were before the game started.

But as soon as Tuesday night, the answer to that question might be “third place in the Eastern Conference.”

Because by blowing this game, the Pacers are now just 0.5 a game ahead of the Nets for the three seed.

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  • NLP

    I think the Pacers flu came out my satellite dish and made me sick watching that 4th quarter.

    0-for-4 Hill
    0-for-3 Green with 2 FT
    0-for-1 Roy, Tyler, DJ and OJ
    1-for-4 West with 2 FT
    1-for-6 PG
    1-for-1 Ian

    Williams didn’t even make a bucket in the 4th and we got ran as the Nets took 2 less FT in the 4th than we did the whole game making the same amount. In the second half it was 21 attempts to 6 from the stripe. Frank may want to have Tyler stop shooting 17 footers and actually use him in the paint to bang again and also late in the 3rd when there is a chance for FT off all the loose ball fouls as the FT’s haven’t been coming as often since he’s been going with West the whole 3rd.

  • Jack Wright

    West: A
    George: B
    Hibbert: C+
    Hill: D+
    Stephenson: C

    Hansbrough: F-
    Green: C+
    Mahinmi: C-
    Augustin: C
    Johnson: D

    How’d I do

    • djmcba

      Really starting to get deeply concerned about Roy. Usually, he struggles with smaller more athletic centers and plays better against traditional 5s. He was absolutely demolished by Robin Lopez. Robin Lopez.

      I like your grades but would adjust Hibbert, Green and Johnson.

      Hibbert: D
      Green: B+ ( we really can’t ask for much more out of him, other than one of those wide open threes to fall through)
      Johnson: C (starting to like this youngster, while he didn’t exactly fill up the stat sheet he made some nice passes and was generally a stabilizing influence)

      • Derek U

        I think you mean “brook lopez, brook lopez, brook lopez” Get your bro’s right.

        • djmcba

          haha good call – I would prefer to have not have to worry about correctly referring to either Lopez in this manner again.

      • Jack Wright

        ya i was prolly too harsh on OJ and too easy on hibbert. im stickin’ with my C+ for green though. he’s gotta start taking better shots. hes not reggie. hell hes not even lance stephenson

      • Joe Betz

        Lopez did not have a big game (15 points, if I remember correctly), and Hibbert had six blocks. He gets a C- for me, because I would have liked him to shoot more–he was 3-5 (again, if I remember correctly)

        • djmcba

          Roy attempted so few shots as a result of foul trouble from being manhandled by Lopez on the defensive end.

          I’d like to see Roy make some moves on the baseline. Too often he makes his moves back into traffic in the middle of the paint where guards and help can knock through ball loose.

  • Rex

    Ugh those refs tonight were brutal