Negative: Pacers get bad look on final shot
This one hurt the most. Despite some questionable officiating leading to the Raptors having a small lead in the final seconds, the Pacers managed to foul Gary Trent Jr. with eight seconds left.
Sure enough, the best possible outcome happened, as Trent Jr, a sub-60% free throw shooter, missed both his shots. Upon grabbing the rebound and having no timeouts left, Indiana had some time to take a good shot but ultimately couldn't get better than a deep prayer from Buddy Hield, which was not answered as the Pacers lost the game, much to the dismay of Quinn Buckner.
Listening to this call, one quote stands out from Quinn Buckner: "They got the shot they wanted."
I would have to disagree with this.
There was plenty of time to get a better shot up and get a better chance of winning this game, especially given that there were three seconds left when Hield took his three, during which he could have easily driven to the rim and found a better shot or gotten fouled.
Even with the Raptors' defense getting tighter, there was perhaps a better shot opportunity to be had than a 35-foot prayer when down by only one point.
There is no denying that Buddy Hield is a fantastic shooter who is capable of making that shot, but during that time, it would probably have been the wiser move to find a better shot instead of putting up a long ball. Either way, the outcome was the same: Pacers lose in a heartbreaker, 131-132.
Indiana will have a well-deserved rest day to look forward to as the players look to celebrate Thanksgiving away from the team. However, they will not be away for long, as they face the Detroit Pistons in another In-Season tournament matchup on Friday.
This will be an interesting matchup against Detroit, who have only won four out of their last 40 games. Due to this, it will be interesting to see if the Pacers play down to the level of the Pistons and make the game closer than it should be or play like the number one offense in the league and take Detroit down from the start. It will be sure to be an intriguing one.
For now, Happy Thanksgiving Pacers fans and we will see you on Friday!