Well, where to begin? I completely expected us to lose today, and we did. Funny thing is, I'm not really all that upset about it. But there were some observations I made today:
- We mostly lost due to our inability to hit shots, and inability to get back on the fast break. Too many missed jumpers leading to too many fast breaks on the other end. The Pistons shot better, and deserved the win today. They were clearly more aggressive than we were.
- Kstat isn't going to like this, but the officating was ATROCIOUS today. EVERY TIME the Pacers started to mount a comeback, a missed call or poor call that benefitted the Pistons drove the lead back up. There was no rhyme or reason to the calls made, other than that they seemed to favor the Pistons much more. I know Detroit is the defending champs, but they were getting these calls last season too. It's infuriating when a call on one end is not called the same on the other, especially when the plays are mere seconds apart. Why don't we get homecourt advantage against anyone?
- JO needs to start backing up his talk, or keep his mouth shut. JO had the worst double-double I've ever seen from him. He was non-existant on offense AGAIN. Give Sheed some credit, too -- JO is generally afraid to take it inside. It probably doesn't help that he usually gets hammered with no call in there, either.
- Why so little floor time for Jeff, Rick?
- Pistons fans are obnoxious. All you can do is remind them that their team is from Fort Wayne. They don't ever seem to have a comeback for that.
- Jack almost gave me flashbacks to the Prince-Reggie block from last season.
- Some Pistons fan got ejected by security in the 4th quarter, in section 205 I believe. Did anyone see what happened there?
With all that said, the better team won today. I expect this series to go 7 games, with the Pistons eventually prevailing.
Let's go back to Detroit and take Game 5.