124 points. 111 points. 109 points. Those are the points given up by the Indiana Pacers over the past three games. For a team that allows 90 points a game, those are high totals. Where is this defense that we all brag about?
Even more, in that Kings game, you allow Marcus Thornton to go for 42 points and Isaiah Thomas to go for 38 points. Granted, that’s about all the Kings had to go with offensively, but once again, I think that’s way too many points to give up to two players.
The Pacers have shown that tendency to make guys bigger than what they seem when they get a good number of points. Even last night’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Wilson Chandler, a guy I’ve never heard of, got a season high 25 points. I’ll take that point total if you’re going to win the game, but last night, the Pacers couldn’t win the game.
I don’t know if the Pacers just don’t bring that same effort to these road games or just aren’t prepared for the teams out there. I think it’s more towards that latter point. Just like that Phoenix Suns game, I didn’t expect that team to explode for 124 points.
Plus, the Suns shot for almost 55% and if any team is shooting that high, you’re going to have a tough time fighting it off. Just like that Oklahoma City game, where the Thunder put up 118 points on 61% shooting. Too high of a percentage to give your team the chance to get into a game.
Maybe this is just a small blip in the schedule and once the Pacers make it home, they’ll be right back to slowing teams down and allowing that 90 point total again. I said in my forecast for the second half of the season, I want the Pacers allowing 88 points or less. They are going to have to work a bit harder on the defensive end to get back into that mode. I know the defense is strong, and I expect it back where it should be.