What was bad? And who was the player of the game for the Pacers?
Guarding Pascal Siakam is not an easy assignment. Even with the rim protector, Myles Turner, Siakam had a great night – 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. He also got the crowd going in the fourth quarter with plays like this one:
Fred Van Fleet had 28 points and 11 assists tonight as well. The floor general had a great game and does a great job getting others involved in the game, which might explain Siakam’s great second half stat line.
Van Fleet is a player that I always dread playing against. When I watch him play, sometimes I forget how much of an impact he makes on the basketball court. He is a great leader for the Raptors. The dynamic duo almost did enough to win the game tonight.
Boom Baby! Player of the Game
The player of the game has to be Andrew Nembhard. Stepping in for Haliburton, who was questionable for tonight’s game, the former Gonzaga Bulldog and Canadian had a career game. Look at this stat line!
Oh boy… Did you see that last shot that essentially iced the game for the Pacers? That was an amazing performance in Toronto by Nembhard. He was the closer tonight, the closer that the Pacers have been missing with Haliburton out.
Next up… a visit to Boston. Will the Pacers close the gap on the play-in tournament or fold down the stretch? The last 9 games will tell.