After a crushing one-point defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, the Indiana Pacers bounced back with a post-Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
The Pistons have been reeling, with their loss to the Pacers marking their 13th in a row, so Indiana really just had to come in, take care of business, and pick up a victory. They pounced on the down-in-the-dumps Pistons.
For what seems like the first time in forever, Tyrese Haliburton is not a stud nor a dud on this list, but it felt wrong to write an article about this game without mentioning his crossover on Ausar Thompson. (WOW.)
All that being said, let’s dive into the game and dole out the two studs and one dud from the Pacers’ 136-113 win over the Pistons.
Stud - Andrew Nembhard
We’re going to start off with a bit of an odd pick, as Andrew Nembhard only ended up playing 19:55 in this game - the third-fewest minutes on the team.
However, while he didn’t get a ton of playing time relative to the rest of the team, he was extremely impactful in his minutes. And considering Haliburton was questionable with a right wrist sprain heading into this game, the Pacers needed Nembhard.
Nembhard ended the night with 13 points, three rebounds, four assists, and one steal while shooting 6-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-3 from behind the three-point line.
His impact was felt at all times, as not only did he put up solid counting stats, but Nembhard also finished the game with a whopping +25 +/-, which ranked third on the team.