Indiana Pacers: 1 stud, 1 dud from disappointing loss to the Knicks

Indiana Pacers, Domantas Sabonis - Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner
Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner – Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Myles Turner was hardly felt by the Indiana Pacers against the Knicks

Rather surprisingly, Myles Turner was a statistical no-show for the Indiana Pacers against the Knicks, turning in his lowest scoring output of the season with just three points in 31 minutes, with his lone basket coming from downtown, albeit in four tries.

While Turner, who has been splendid this season, remained a big factor on the defensive end, still managing to block two shots, he was completely bothered by New York’s defense, failing to even establish himself in position to spot up from the perimeter or dive to the rim.

On multiple occasions, Turner misread the offense, clogging the lane instead of spacing out in pick-and-rolls simultaneously as the team’s other slashers penetrate to get open.

With opponents becoming more aware of Myles’ increasing proficiency as a three-point shooter, he may find it tougher to get open looks as the season runs its course. The Knicks did this to a great degree, cleverly letting their wings switch over to him to prevent the big man from hoisting shots from downtown.

Still, no one should overreact on this aberration of a game from Myles Turner. If anything, this should give the coaching staff and the center himself a lot of morsels to make adjustments from, which Rick Carlisle himself acknowledged after the game.

(Dis)honorable Mentions: Caris LeVert, TJ McConnell

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