This was a heavy pressure situation for Indiana. They have the home court advantage but lost Game 1. Over 80% of all teams that lose both Game 1 and 2 lose the series, according to ESPN sources. Indiana responded with a purpose. The Magic are still not out of this series, but tonight was a great opportunity to head into Orlando with momentum, yet they came up short.
Stars of the Game:
ORL: Glen Davis, PF/C, 18 points on 8/10 from the field
IND: Paul George, SG, 17 points on 7/10 from the field (3/3 Free Throws)
ORL: Collective effort containing Danny Granger (7/21 from the field)
IND: Paul George, SG, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks and 8 rebounds, limited Jason Richardson
This was a must win game for Indiana, being down one game at home. They succeeded under the pressure. Their ability to space the floor and control their own pace led to their victory. Four of the five Pacers in double figures scored at least 17 points. Also, the Pacers thwarted Orlando’s perimeter offense, only allowing the Magic to shoot 32% from the 3 point line.
In addition, Indiana out-rebounded the Magic 46 to 38. With Glen Davis being the only player getting considerable amounts of rebounds, other players like Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu will have to increase their rebounding efforts. Anderson had eight to go along with Davis’ 10, but Indiana had four players with at least seven boards.
Top 3 Concerns:
- Low assist total (9 total for the entire team)
- Danny Granger’s shooting inconsistency (1-10 from 3 point range)
- Poor perimeter scoring (2/20 from 3 point range)
- Live by the 3, Die by the 3
- Must win the turnover battle (5 more TO than Indiana)
- Must trim the rebounding margin (Indiana 8+)
- Paul George may be the X Factor of this series. He brings energy and versatility on the wing.
- Glen “Big Baby” Davis cannot be the lone offensive threat. That’s not winning basketball.
3 Keys to Next Game:
- Must maintain perimeter pressure
- Exploit Orlando’s smaller guards
- Involve Hibbert in the offense
- Rebound. Rebound. Rebound.
- Spread the floor and have Nelson attack the paint
- Continue solid defensive efforts on Danny Granger
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
7:30 PM ET
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