At halftime, my player of the game would have been T.J. McConnell. He had a great first half and ended up with 18 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds, but his game felt much like the Bucks game earlier in the year when he scored 29 points against the Bucks. Much of his damage was done in the first half.
So instead, I’m going with Buddy Hield. Hield has been a bit of a yo-yo recently in terms of performance, but he was on point tonight.
The Pacers needed Hield’s offense tonight especially with Haliburton only having 11 points against Miami. As I watched the game, you could see Hield heating up, and sometimes when you’re having a good night, anything has a chance to go in!
Despite Hield’s effort, the Pacers still ended up in the loss column. The Pacers will look to close out the game on Friday against the Suns in a way that they could manage tonight in South Beach.