Pacers improving on D…give up 135 to Magic

January 28, 2009 in Basketball, Indiana Pacers by pacejmiller

Pacers lose again

The looks say it all

Okay, so I expected to see a loss against the Orlando Magic today.  But to give up 135 points after all the recent chatter (courtesy of the ultimate spin website pacers.com) of how a significantly improved defense has led to the Pacers’ recent “run” of 4 wins in 6 games…it has just left me speechless.

The final score was 135-111.  Mickael Pietrus top-scored with 27 points in his first game back from injury.  I knew the Pacers were in for a tough time because Howard’s a monster and the Pacers are admittedly thin in the middle – “stick skinny” Jeff Foster, “super slow-mo” Nesterovic, “human foul machine” Roy Hibbert and “the guy who’s slightly better than Luke Ridnour (the guy who can’t guard a chair)” Troy Murphy.  But Dwight only had a semi-decent game with 22 points, 10 boards and 6 turnovers, and they only needed his services for 29 minutes.  No excuses.

The majority of games coming up are against weak teams, but this blowout loss does not infuse me with confidence that they’ll roll through their opponents.  He’s lucky the voting has closed, but Danny Granger dealt a serious blow to his All-Star credibility by scoring only 10 points on 4 of 14 shooting (I’ve lost count how many bad shooting nights he’s had in a row now), just a day or so before the All-Star reserves are announced.  The saving grace is that it seems TJ Ford (who returned to the starting line-up and led the way with 23 points) and Marquis Daniels (who added 16 off the bench) are finally healthy again.

Next up in this back-to-back is injury-depleted Milwaukee, who just lost Michael Redd for the rest of the season.  Let’s see if the Pacers can bounce back and not only win, but hold their opponents down below 100 points.