The Indiana Pacers closed out their pre-break stretch with a loss at home to Milwaukee.
So, that Giannis Antetokounmpo guy is pretty good, huh? He had an absurd stat line and led the Bucks to a victory over the Indiana Pacers in a game that saw the lead oscillate back and forth.
The MVP candidate looked incredible. He finished with 33 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 assists. A lot of players for both teams didn’t play up to their highest levels, but Giannis sure did, and that was the difference tonight.
On the Pacers side, Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 20. Indiana needs him to keep up this scoring output if they are going to continue to win games. So far, he has been up to the challenge.
The Pacers mixed and matched everything tonight, altering their rotation in an attempt to have Thaddeus Young guard the Greek Freak at every turn. Thad didn’t do as nearly as well as he did the last time, and the squads slightly altered rotation saw Young play 38 minutes. He was gassed on
Also, Myles got Giannis with a block. It was awesome.
It’s simple, but you have to make shots.
Only one Pacer shot better than 50 percent from the floor (Mr. efficiency Sabonis). The Pacers shot 4/17 over the last 9:30 of the game, and 1/8 over the last 4:30.
That is how you lose a basketball game, folks.
Rotations, rotations, rotations…
According to my Twitter feed, the story of the game was Nate McMillan’s fourth-quarter rotations. The Bucks went back to their starters early in the 4th, while Coach McMillan waited a bit longer. The broadcast guys attempted to explain why (at least why they thought) he did it that way:
Whatever, the reason, it didn’t work, and Nate McMillan deserves some criticism for that.
Setting your guys up to succeed is his job, and I don’t think he did good or bad at that in this instance. As you can see from the point above, they just missed a lot of shots down the stretch. Going to the starters earlier might have been better, but you gotta blame everyone here. If the shots fall, I’m not even writing this paragraph.
Time for a break
38-20 at the All-Star break, the 5th best record in the NBA. Good stuff this year, Pacers.
Player and coaching grades:
DARREN COLLISONPG, Indiana Pacers
WESLEY MATTHEWSSG, Indiana Pacers
BOJAN BOGDANOVICSF, Indiana Pacers
THADDEUS YOUNGPF, Indiana Pacers
MYLES TURNERC, Indiana Pacers
DOMANTAS SABONISC, Indiana Pacers
TYREKE EVANSSG, Indiana Pacers
Bad: Tyreke missed all of his 2s.
Overall Tyreke was fine, offering a good change of pace and some good passes tonight. Just not his night (or season) finishing inside.
CORY JOSEPHPG, Indiana Pacers
DOUG MCDERMOTTSF, Indiana Pacers
TJ LEAFPF, Indiana Pacers
NATE MCMILLANHead Coach, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers host the New Orleans Pelicans in… 9 days! The Pacers don’t play again until the 22nd of this month. They should come back rejuvenated after the break.