|Paul George had 15 points, seven rebounds, five|
assists and four steals in Sunday's loss.
The Big Plays
The Pacers were down just 35-34 after a Chris Copeland 3-pointer and Donald Sloan layup midway through the second quarter. But the Cavs ended the half on a 14-2 run. The Pacers did go on a 7-0 run to cut the gap to six on three occasions midway through the third quarter. But when Spencer Hawes hit a 3-pointer to put the Cavs up 59-49 with 5:03 left in the third, sadly, the Cavs lead was never under double digits for the rest of the game.
1) The Pacers are still one game ahead of the Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. So, there's that.
1) There could be a lot of things to put in this category, but one here really sticks out. The Pacers were 5 of 10 from the line in the first quarter (forget the poor percentage there just for a second). Then, they only went to the line one time in the next two quarters. The lack of free throw attempts is not a commentary on the officials. It says the Pacers were just settling for whatever shots that came their way instead of working through some kind of offense or at the very least being aggressive and taking the ball at the defense to draw the fouls. It was just another sign of how the Pacers are a very passive team right now.
The Pacers play host to the San Antonio Spurs Monday night. It was back on Dec. 7 that the Pacers went to San Antonio and beat the Spurs 111-100 in a game that was only that close because of spirited Spurs late rally. It was probably the best game the Pacers have played this season. Well, now the Spurs come into the game with the best record in the league at 57-16 and are on a league season-high 17 game winning streak. So, no time to waste here if the Pacers want to get things back on track. The Spurs are led by
point guard Tony Parker at 17 points and six assists, Tim Duncan at 15 points almost 10 rebounds, Manu Ginobili and Kahwi Leonard each at 12.4 points, Marco Bellinelli at 11.7 points, Patty Mills at 9.9 points and Boris Diaw at 9.3 points.