Pacers play all the right notes, take down Jazz


Just seven days after blowing out the Utah Jazz, the Indiana Pacers… blew out the Utah Jazz.

Last Monday, we saw the Indiana Pacers crush the Jazz in Indianapolis in a game that featured a solid team performance. They won 121-94.

One week later, we saw the exact same thing. Apparently, 121 is the magic number:

100. Final. 88. 118. 121

The Jazz were without their best shot creator in Donovan Mitchell, so it comes with a slight taint this time even though the Pacers were without Victor Oladipo again. But even with Mitchell, I doubt the Jazz would have found a way to win. The Pacers were outstanding and getting contributions from…

literally everybody. 13 guys were able to touch the floor for the Pacers, including a few who rarely get to play. It’s always exciting to see those dudes get minutes.

And what would a dominant Pacers win be without some highlights:

Let’s get to it:

Well, Myles Turner looks healthy

If seeing LaMarcus Aldridge go off without Myles Turner there to stop him last week against the Spurs didn’t make you realize how helpful Turner is, today hopefully did.

Turner was 7/8 from the field, played sensational defense around the basket, kept the ball moving on the perimeter, and was second on the team in scoring. He was impacting the game in a meaningful way in just about every area he is able to. The Jazz were passing out of drives and taking bad shots because of Myles all night. He was great.

Darren Collison was noticeably better than he has been recently

Darren Collison has had some troubles this season, especially compared to last year. But tonight he looked very good.

He was incredibly active on defense, something that has been missing for him for much of the season. Additionally, he had 11 assists and 0 turnovers. He looked like himself from last season taking care of the ball and finding his open teammates.

4/6 from the field for 8 points was just the icing on the cake. That is about what you can expect from him these days. When it is added on top of his great passing, it’s an added bonus. To quote Terrell Owens “That’s my quarterback”.

All Doug McDermott needed to get going was some Thanksgiving turkey

Doug McDermott spent his Thanksgiving with Victor Oladipo and some other Pacers:

Two games later, McDermott finally got going. He had his best game of the season tonight, pouring in a team-high 21 points on just 13 shots. When he’s involved in the offense, the team can reach another level.

Now let’s do some grades!

Indiana Pacers. DARREN COLLISON. A. Finally, good DC. As previously discussed, his passing, scoring, and defense were all good in this game. It was great to see it finally happen.. PG

;). The Pacers are 2-2 without Vic. Maybe they don’t need him!!!<p>(this is sarcasm, hence the winky face. I can’t wait until he’s back)</p>. SG. Indiana Pacers. VICTOR OLADIPO

BOJAN BOGDANOVIC. A -. That’s 11 straight games in double figures scoring for Bojan, who had 15 points on 9 shots tonight. Bogey has been excellent on offense this season. He was great again and had an awesome save of the ball to prevent a backcourt violation.. SF. Indiana Pacers

C -. Not Thad’s best game, as he wasn’t necessarily astute on either end of the floor. But he was a +15, so he was still useful.. PF. Indiana Pacers. THADDEUS YOUNG

A -. Myles was awesome. I really enjoy watching him when he plays like this. He was scoring well, his defense was amazing as usual, and he was moving the ball better than normal. When he plays like this, it’s enchanting.. C. Indiana Pacers. MYLES TURNER

B +. Domantas Sabonis ONLY shot 50 percent, which for him is somehow bad. He had a double-double of course, and he had 6 assists, which is great. But 4 turnovers and 4 fouls are not great. Overall solid game though.. C. Indiana Pacers. DOMANTAS SABONIS

Indiana Pacers. TYREKE EVANS. C +. Tyreke was scoring well, which is what the Pacers need from him with Victor Oladipo out. He wasn’t great in other areas, but 14 points is solid from a guy who was signed to score 14 points.. SG

PG. Indiana Pacers. CORY JOSEPH. B. 5/8 shooting, 3/5 from deep, and his usually great defense. CoJo is so, so great when his shot is falling, even when he isn’t distributing (0 assists tonight).

A. This was so pleasant to see. McDermott finally went off, getting over 20 points for the first time in a Pacers uniform. It’s crazy, the team got him involved and he did well (that is not actually crazy). 13 shots were a season-high too, but McD shot 61.5 percent. He was awesome.. SF. Indiana Pacers. DOUG MCDERMOTT

B. 4 and a half minutes of Kyle O’Quinn, and he got 2 assists. He is a wonderful passer for a big man, and he was solid in his small amount of minutes.. C. Indiana Pacers. KYLE O'QUINN

B. What is even left to say about this guy? A rookie going off night in and night out? It’s a crazy story. Holiday was 6/8 in this one and had 12 points. That is about all he offered, but it’s great to see him scoring so well in his first season.. PG. Indiana Pacers. AARON HOLIDAY

Indiana Pacers. TJ LEAF. C -. Leaf had a three-point attempt miss the rim, which was sad to see. I want him to succeed. He missed all 3 of his shots, but had two rebounds in 4:32 of playing time and was a +4, so it wasn’t all bad.. PF

:). Ike played, which is very exciting. He snared a rebound in 2:04 of playing time, but didn’t do much else. It is just awesome to see the youngsters play who rarely get a chance.. C. Indiana Pacers. IKE ANIGBOGU

B. SUMNER HYPE TRAIN, ALL ABOARD! (This is not my bit)<p>Sumner played! Which was awesome. And he hit a corner 3 and had some smooth dribble moves. I really believe in the future of this kid, and I’m excited to watch him develop.</p><div class=. SG. Indiana Pacers. EDMOND SUMNER

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SUMNER HYPE TRAIN, ALL ABOARD! (This is not my bit)

Sumner played! Which was awesome. And he hit a corner 3 and had some smooth dribble moves. I really believe in the future of this kid, and I’m excited to watch him develop.