The Indiana Pacers kept their win streak going, smashing the Los Angeles Clippers at home.
Wasn’t it nice to just enjoy a basketball game during this time where everything is focused on trades? I sure thought it was, and the Indiana Pacers sure seemed to enjoy playing tonight.
That’s two straight games where the Pacers just look unstoppable. They had 71 points at halftime and simply cruised through the rest of the game.
Bojan Bogdanovic continues to roll and give the Pacers what they need on offense. He poured in 29 points on 19 shots and knocked down half of his threes. He has risen out of the slump he had for some of the month of January and has turned into an effective lead option for this Pacers team.
On the defensive end, it was Myles Turner‘s night. He had 6 blocks and 4 steals, thwarting essentially everything that happened around him and around the basket. His stat line was so good that he made history.
Not bad company to be included in. Oh, and Turner shot 7/8 from the field and added 17 points. He has been unbelievable recently.
The value of Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph does more great stuff than most players in the NBA that doesn’t show up in the stat sheet. He hustles his butt off, he is an incredible defensive player (especially on the ball) he is unpredictable on offense, and he’s not really bad at any particular skill.
On nights where his impact does show up in the stat sheet, like tonight (13-9-6), it’s easy to see how good, and important he can be.
Myles Turner for DPOY
The case is easy to make. Being the league leader in blocks will help him get the votes from the people who don’t watch him, and being a dominant player on that end of the floor will help him get the votes from the people who do.
He is starting to look better switching onto guys out of the perimeter, too. Myles has become a beast on defense. He needs Defensive Player of the Year attention.
A BATsketball game
This was so hilarious to me. There was a bat at the game today, and it disrupted the game twice. Many people in the arena tried to catch it with towels and hats but to no avail.
Back to actual basketball for player and coaching grades:
DARREN COLLISONPG, Indiana Pacers
TYREKE EVANSSG, Indiana Pacers
BOJAN BOGDANOVICSF, Indiana Pacers
THADDEUS YOUNGPF, Indiana Pacers
MYLES TURNERC, Indiana Pacers
DOMANTAS SABONISC, Indiana Pacers
EDMOND SUMNERSG, Indiana Pacers
CORY JOSEPHPG, Indiana Pacers
TJ LEAFPF, Indiana Pacers
AARON HOLIDAYPG, Indiana Pacers
KYLE O'QUINNCenter, Indiana Pacers
NATE MCMILLANHead Coach, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. They should have no problem winning the game, unless Larry Nance is allowed to push over any player he wants like last time the two teams met.