View Full Version : Bruno: Who were those guys that got blown out in Philly?

11-04-2010, 01:42 PM

Conrad Brunner

Sometimes, a coach wants to punch the blackboard, kick the trash can, scream at the top of his lungs.
This was not one of those times.

In fact, if you watched the postgame interview last night on Fox Sports Indiana, you saw a bit of a sardonic smirk on Jim O'Brien's face.

He knew the 26-point loss in Philadelphia was an aberration.

That wasn't Danny Granger, shooting 2-of-14. That wasn't Roy Hibbert, looking confused and hesitant in the post. That wasn't Mike Dunleavy, banging shots off the back iron. That certainly wasn't Darren Collison, missing point-blank shots at the rim.

"Sometimes you’re the pounder, sometimes you’re the poundee," O'Brien said. "We were the poundee tonight. They outplayed us in every category. … It was just one of those nights."

Doug Collins was dizzy. The Pacers were disoriented.

And things spun out of control last night in Philadelphia. Though they had three days off and the Sixers were coming off a wrenching one-point overtime road loss the night before, the Pacers fell behind by 15 in the first quarter, 26 at halftime, 32 in the fourth period and wound up losing 101-75 in their worst performance of the young season.

The Sixers' coach spent the second half in the locker room dealing with symptoms of vertigo that have cropped up from time to time since he suffered a concussion during the summer. Tyler Hansbrough can relate.

The Pacers' coach seemed like a guy who couldn't believe what he just saw. Young teams are prone to inconsistency, but this was extreme.

All of the things that had gone right in the previous two wins – nice inside-outside offensive balance, occasional bursts of strong defense fueling important runs, impressive energy and aggression – went wrong Wednesday.

The Pacers' four leading scorers – the aforementioned Granger, Hibbert, Collison and Dunleavy – combined to shoot 12-of-53. That's 22.6 percent.

Just one of those nights? Consider: the Pacers shot 38.6 percent in the paint. Which is to say they missed more than 60 percent of their easiest shots. Chris Denari joked during the broadcast that he had to take off his shoes to count the number of missed layups.

So yes, the offense was awful, the defense was absent and this was one of those mind-numbing, hand-wringing games. But one bad night does not a trend make. So keep your hand away from the panic button and see what happens Friday night when the Pacers host the Bucks.

We don't know who the real Pacers truly are just yet – and might not for awhile. But we can be reasonably sure they aren't the team you saw in Philly.

11-04-2010, 01:51 PM
I have no idea who they were last night? They played like Pacers teams of the past few years. I wish we could figure out exactly what caused last nights let down?! Outside of a collective lack of focus and teamwork. The Sixers were ready to play, you have to give them that. It seemed like we could not get it together once they jumped on us. The game plan went out the window, and they reverting to chucking threes and contested jumpers.
What a let down, this team is most definitely still a work in progress.

11-04-2010, 02:02 PM
They were apparently a team on the 2nd game of a back-to-back... oh wait, no? They must have been a team with its star player injured.... oh wait, no? They must have been a team that just doesn't have any talent.... oh wait, no? They must have been tired from traveling the night before... oh wait, no? The other team must have just been better... oh wait, no?

The reason this game bothers us so much is that the Pacers had several days off to prepare for THIS game, were well rested, playing an inferior team on that team's 2nd night of a back-to-back, and they didn't show up. At all. As a result, we are all looking for someone to blame. Peck rightfully has defended JOB, because all the blame cannot be placed there. However, this type of thing should not ever happen again this season... that said.. the TRUE test of whether a team is going to be any good, is how they RESPOND to the stinker game.

11-04-2010, 02:47 PM
I wish our record the last 3 years was an aberration...

11-04-2010, 05:28 PM
Pacers Kool-Aid winning streak cut short.

I do not see another three plus game winning streak on the horizon. That was our best chance of getting the hype machine behind us. The pitcher has been kicked over and now is just a stain.

Now every team has atleast five nights a year when they can't find the hole. Every team has atleast five nights a year when the opponent can't seem to miss. Even the 72 win Bulls lost 10 games.

What get me mad more than the game is the lack of Danny Granger quotes. Only Roy Hibbert has the balls to call out the team. If Slick wasn't sick we could've given him a hockey stick to chase the players around at half-time like he use to do with the ABA Pacers back at the old Pepsi Coliseum. That's better than JOB's quote of "sometimes you're the pounder and sometimes you're the poundee".

Jim O'Brien is tring to downplay the loss but he must be pissed. He gave the team Sunday off and worked them out hard Monday & Tuesday. He must have worked them too hard. He wants the team well conditioned but it backfired.

What happens when you run wind sprints for two strait days before a game? It seems like the Pacers legs were tired. As a whole the team couldn't shoot, move around on offence, follow their shot, run in transision or defend. Let's hope this was physical and not mental. Let's hope the players are not trying to send JOB a message.

After the Bucks game on Friday we will have another three days of inactivity. It will be interesting to see how they handle it. That will be their last chance to rest before the all-star break unless they take another game off like they did in Philly.

Haywoode Workman
11-04-2010, 06:03 PM
I read the title of this thread a little differently I guess.

11-04-2010, 09:19 PM
Bruno, in 29 NBA cities, it's just basketball, but this is Indiana, and those guys that got blown out in Philly were YOUR Indiana Pacers, Igniting the Passion, Restoring the Pride, and Protecting the Promise by playing hard, leaving it all out on the floor.

Yep, Jim, we were the poundee.

But Jim, how about that EFG% defense, eh? At least that was a positive, right (?), despite even Bruno indicating that no defense was played, in that game the EFG% defense was .494 which is only .004 above the league average of .490, and would rank about 17th for the season so far.