I'm never happy, as I'm never satisfied when the Pacers lose. I hate when they lose, I'm not a good loser at all.
But this is the Pacers first loss this whole season where I can just say well the other team was just better tonight and the loss doesn't really concern me. Every other Pacers loss this season, was very disturbing. Tonight I thought the Sonics played a great game, and I don't think any team would have beaten the Sonics tonight. Even the Pistons or the Spurs would have had to play one of their better games to beat the Sonics.
I'm not suggesting the Pacers played great, but they weren't bad and certainly they weren't horrible, - nothing tonight will cause any great chemistry debate to take place. Yes free throw shooting and rebounding were problems, but the Sonics shot very well, and were very physical. I'm not sure any team in the league has as many good shooters as the Sonics. This is not the same Sonics team that struggled earlier this season, this is the team that won 52 games last season.
I'm sure some of you will complain that Harrison didn't play, but I'm not surprised. Other will complain about AJ playing too much. Some might even want Saras to play more, who knows.
Overall 3-2 on this road trip is a good trip. There is something to build on even in defeat and that is the first time I could honestly say that after a loss this season.
Saras did almost have a triple double