Negative: Lack of defense costs another game
Starting to sense a pattern yet? With Wednesday's loss to the Hawks, the Pacers have accomplished a unique feat. They are now both owners of the league's best offense and worst defense.
While this is impressive, as Indiana's offense is clearly good enough to win them games on its own, it is also extremely concerning when their inability to guard anyone costs them multiple games like the one on Wednesday.
While the Pacers were ridiculously efficient all game, the Raptors were right on their heels, shooting 53% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc, led by 36 points from Pascal Siakalm, 26 from Dennis Schroder, and 20 from Scottie Barnes.
Siakam was particularly dangerous on the night, as the man that many have put in Pacers trade talks gave them a full offensive showcase through the entire game, putting up 17 points in the second half to help the Raptors come away with the win.
With the way Indiana was playing in the first and third quarters, it should have been impossible for them to lose, but they somehow found a way to do it. While no specific Raptor went off in the fourth quarter, Indiana's final minutes saw them commit avoidable fouls and give up key points on free throws, which would ultimately cost the game.
While it is true that Indiana was coming off an exhausting game the night before, and they were missing their top bench defenders, Aaron Nesmith and Andrew Nembhard, there is no excuse for how bad their defense was, especially in crunch time.
Something has to change soon, or we will end up coming back to this exact topic during the playoffs, that is if Indiana's defense even allows them to make it that far.