The Pacers won a game tonight over the Milwaukee Bucks that can be described in a lot of ways. Maybe it was a sign of significant structural issues rearing their head with the Pacers. Maybe it demonstrated that every team in the NBA has talent and records don’t matter. Maybe it showed attention span problems for the Pacers. Maybe it was just a testament to the value of shooting and converting a high number of threes – the Bucks were 12 of 24.
But, whatever…the further away the end of the game gets, the less significant any of it seems. But there was something very odd about tonight’s game.
What you see above is a high level look at the peaks and valleys of the game. It shows a game where the Pacer defense spent 44 minutes being excellent-to-dominant, and four minutes being an unmitigated disaster. Or…it shows a game where Milwaukee’s offense spent 44 minutes being an abject failure and four minutes being sublime. I guess it depends on perspective.
Pacer coach Frank Vogel thinks it’s a mix of both. “I think it wasn’t terrible defense,” Vogel said. “Guys like O.J. Mayo and [Brandon] Knight and [Khris] Middleton, they’re looking you in the eyes, and pulling shots in your face. You could argue some of them are bad shots, but they’re making them.”
It seems to me that there’s a lot to that line of thought. The Pacer Defense allowed 102.3 points per hundred tonight – a number that’s slightly better than league average, but disappointing for this Indiana team. However, that’s really 44 minutes of allowing a stifling 87 per 100 attached to four minutes of giving up 201 per 100 to a Milwaukee team shooting out of their minds (10-for-14, including hitting all four three point attempts.)
But mostly, it’s just weird.