What They’re Saying – October 30
Here’s a look around the web at what people are saying about the Pacer’s season opening 97-87 win against the Orlando Magic.
EightPointsNineSeconds: While the first half of tonight’s 97-87 Indiana victory showed some of last year’s “bad” – anemic offense (88/100), poor ball control (13 turnovers), bench blahs (reserves outscored 27-5) – the second half brought last year’s good, along with some promise. Read More
CBS Sports: Indiana committed 20 turnovers and gave up 13 offensive rebounds against the worst team in the league last season… Despite the struggles, the Pacers still managed to get things done. Read More
Indy Star: However, as anyone who followed the Pacers last season will remember — Indiana did not get to Game 7 because of their revolutionary offensive game. The Pacers nearly made it to the promised land because of their defense and, Tuesday night, defense was the difference. Read More
The Pacers had 18 blocks last night, the most by any team in a team’s opening game in NBA history. @EliasSports
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2013
Indy Cornrows: Hibbert played at a Defensive Player of the Year level tonight. He not only had 16 rebounds, but had seven blocks to lead the Pacers in a category they dominated in. Read More
Reuters: Indiana led 69-64 at the end of the third quarter before dominating the fourth. Orlando made just two field goals in the first five minutes of the final quarter. By then, Indiana’s lead was 86-71. Indiana’s reserves scored all 17 points during that run, including six each from Luis Scola and Orlando Johnson. Read More
The Indiana Pacers look really good. Luis Scola and C.J. Watson make them much better. Orlando Johnson could be a difference maker as well. — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) October 30, 2013
Indy Cornrows: The Indiana Pacers stayed in their lane, leaned on what they do best both individually and collectively to put away the Orlando Magic on opening night. If trying to describe the Pacers play as that of contenders, pretenders or champs, I’d have to go with contenders for game one. Read More
Bleacher Report: Stephenson is a competent enough passer that he can dump it off to a big man or kick out for a jumper. And given the mid-range skills of his big men and the three-point looks that Paul George loves to take, that’s critical. The difference this year needs to be control. Read More
I’m all good people. Nothing to be nervous about. Can’t wait to get on the court tomorrow and compete. Appreciate the love and support!
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) October 30, 2013
Bleacher Report: The long road ahead will tell if Paul George is ready for the big time. There will be bigger challenges than knocking off the Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Still, if the forward’s season debut is any indication at all, he appears ready to move onward and upward. Read More