Everything clicked at once
Speaking of rarities, it’s very rare that I have nothing negative to say about a game. Even in the games Indiana has won, I have usually criticized a thing or two about certain aspects, whether that be the rotations, the energy, taking their foot off the gas, or even some off-court issues. Tonight was the rare example of the contrary, as Indiana played almost perfect basketball from start to finish.
A night like this is rare for any basketball team, let alone a team as inconsistent as the Indiana Pacers, who will have 150 points scored on them one night and the next night score 150 points on another team, giving them the title of the most confusing team in the NBA in my book.
While we can talk about shortcomings all day, it is nice to finally have a game where the positives heavily outweigh the negatives for one and for there to be no negatives at all for another.
From the opening tip (which Myles Turner won over the 7-foot-4 Wembanyama) to the time the final buzzer sounded, the Indiana Pacers played a perfect game of basketball that was well worthy of the title of Rick Carlisle’s 900th win as an NBA coach.