This was not a game for the Pacers. It was, well, just as if they weren’t trying. When all else never worked, Indiana bounced towards one other option: jacking up three-pointers. As it shows, shooting from behind-the-arc wasn’t a very smart idea, as they only made ten of them. That’s pretty good, right? Yeah, I guess so. But when they attempted 27, it’s a whole different story. Shooting .370 from downtown makes it only worse.
Two guys stepped up for the Sixers in this game, and both them acted as if they were the newborn superstars of the NBA’s new millennium: Elton Brand, and yes, Allen Iverson. Those two guys acted is they were those superstars in 2003 or so. But they came up big and nobody could stop them. Iverson brought back joy to the city of Brotherly Love and Elton Brand showed he is still capable of coming up in big games like he did when he was young. The Answer had 17 points and five assists in this 107-97 victory.
Says Sixers coach Eddie Jordan:
“His spirit gives us momentum, his spirit gives us confidence, it gives us a sounding board, it gives us a calming effect. He means a lot.He’s special to us. He’s not the Allen we used to know back in 2001, but he adds leadership, toughness and some experience.”
Elton Brand put up 23 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in this game. But besides the Sixers, the Pacers played hard. Danny Granger put up 22 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. A.J. Price added to the margin, with 17, and Troy Murphy had eleven points and twelve boards. Another story in this game was Samuel Dalembert. Please, people, donate to Haiti. If you donate even just ten dollars, trust me, you’re making a difference. Dalembert had twelve rebounds in this game, by the way.
The Pacers have a tough schedule coming up in the next few days. On Monday, they play the Sixers again, this time in Philly. And you know how hard it is for Indiana to win on the road. If they can play like they did against Detroit, they can do it. But I doubt it. Then they have two home games, which will be very easy challenging. The face the Lakers, and then, the Cleveland Cavaliers. They face two playoff contenders, one of the best players in the game, and yes, two guys that were on Nike MVPuppets commercials.
I have a sense this weekend will not look so good.
After the jump, here are some links of interest after the game.
Free Darko shows what type of literature the Lakers’ athletes would most probably read.
Check out this awesome Derrick Rose dunk.
A confused article from my other site, Hardcourt Mayhem.
My man JR talks to Ron Artest and Lamar Odom of who wins the Super Bowl. He also meets Bill Clinton!
Check out New York Vinnie’s article about Amare Stoudemire.
Gino’s Jungle recaps the Celtics’ win over the Blazers.
Jeff Sack analyzes the Cavs’ win over the Thunder.
Check out Bryan Toporek’s article about the Sixers and the trade deadline.
Check out this video provided by BDL.
Check out The Daily Poll from Hardwood Houdini.
What’s the KG face of the day?
Trey Kerby makes fun of Pau Gasol and Anderson Varejao, somehow.
Ty Will talks about the latest with the Bucks.
Those are the links for today. Be sure to check out all the other blogs from Fansided NBA Network to the right sidebar. Thanks!
Topics: A.J. Price, Allen Iverson, Cleveland Cavaliers, DAnny Grnager, Detroit Pistons, Eddie Jordan, Elton Brand, Indiana Pacers, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Sameul Dalembert, Troy Murphy