The Pacers committed 29 fouls last night. The Lakers made 20 fouls.
But look here: The Lakers got 38 shots off of those 29 fouls, while the Pacers got to the line only 17 times thanks to the Lakers' 20 fouls.
Clearly, the Pacers didn't simply foul more than the Lakers, they also gave more bad, two-shot fouls.
Against the Knicks (Dec 17), the Pacers fouled 23 times and gave 36 shots. The Knicks fouled 15 times and gave 10 shots.
I looked at the season, and find that the Pacers consistently are giving not just more fouls, but more shots per foul. That is true in 27 out of 35 games.
This could be a good thing if most of the Pacers' free throws were coming after a score ("AND ONE, *&^%#&%^(^%#!!") But I don't think that is the case. More likely the Pacers get slap-happy when the other team is in the bonus. A year ago, we were talking about David Harrison's proclivity to foul. Now the whole team is doing it!!
In the Lakers game, free throws was the margin of victory. We don't know what would have happened if the Pacers hadn't fouled (would the Lakers have missed shots?), but we know the result was a 16-point loss.
Ordinarily, a few fouls is just the price of playing hard defense. But if that price begins to get too high and starts costing you games, you have to change. Does there come a point when you say, "Stop fouling and let 'em shoot it"? How do you coach a change like this?