The Indiana Pacers are learning to win without great three-point shooting

The Indiana Pacers were able to win on Saturday night without the use of the three-point shot as a weapon.

Mar 16, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;  Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard (26) celebrates with
Mar 16, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Ben Sheppard (26) celebrates with / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Indiana Pacers are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the NBA. They are in the top-ten in three-point percentage. Earlier in the year, they were using it as a weapon in tandem with their pace. They would run-and-gun and just outscore teams to get wins.

Things have changed now that we are in March. The threes aren't falling as frequently as they once were. A large part of that has been the inefficiency of Tyrese Haliburton. His shooting has been horrendous from outside for the last couple of months and it was again against Brooklyn. He was just 1-9 from three.

Still, the Pacers won by 21 points and scored 121 total points. They did that despite making just six threes and shooting 20% from beyond the arc. The three-point line is no longer the lethal weapon it once was for this team, especially with the starters.

The Indiana Pacers no longer need the threes to fall to win games.

Indiana still runs but they don't need to gun to win. Pascal Siakam is proof of that. He had 28 points against the Nets and was 0-1 from three. He utilized the paint and midrange to get most of his points. With him being able to create any shot he wants, the Pacers have a new weapon they didn't have earlier in the year.

Improved defense has helped in the month of March as well. While their defense hasn't been great in every game, you can tell their effort has ratcheted up on that side of the ball. Getting Aaron Nemsith back from injury has helped that too. He's by far the best perimeter defender the Pacers have.

It's good to know that the Pacers don't have to drain a barrage of threes in order to stack up wins. Obviously, they are a much more dangerous team when they do. But they can also grind out wins by getting buckets in the paint in a variety of ways.

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They still need Haliburton to be better with his shot. Wins are all that matter and Indiana can get them in a few different ways