Pacers try teamwork in Granger’s absence
The Indiana Pacers knew they couldn’t have one player try to make up for the absence of Danny Granger. So instead, they used a team effort to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 to end a four-game losing streak Tuesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
“Danny is our leading scorer and our go-to guy, and definitely we look at him to do some scoring,” swingman Dahntay Jones said. “But it wasn’t on one person’s shoulders. It was a team effort, and the ball didn’t stop (moving), and we didn’t look for one guy to make plays for us. We made plays for everybody. That’s a team effort.”
Granger missed the game while serving a league-mandated one-game suspension for an altercation in Phoenix on Saturday.
Pacers’ Wins A Little Strange These Days
Having made peace with this season as a precursor to the NBA draft lottery, a win like the Pacers had last night against Philadelphia creates a strange, uneasy feeling.
I love seeing young players play well, like Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert did last night, and obviously the Pacers are going to win a few games over the remainder of the season. If you looked at the remaining schedule, penciling in about six more wins would include Philly last night.
The Sixers were a mess and I thought the Pacers played well for big stretches of the game, yet it was still pretty close. Bob Cooney stated it well by saying the game had a “lottery pick” atmosphere instead of a “playoff-type” atmosphere.
Forget All About That Macho Tish, and Learn How to Play Guitar
Earl, buddy, you guys donâ€™t have the reputation of being soft. You guys are soft. You canâ€™t spend 62 games demonstrating your willingness to give in and let anybody do what they want, then puff out your chest and deny it. Besides, the team youâ€™re going to prove your toughness against is the Phoenix Suns? And, you think squaring off against Channing Frye is going to re-establish your sense of manhood? Really? Look out, Earl, thereâ€™s a wad of wet toilet paper in the locker room thatâ€™s looking menacing.
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