Thursday, December 18, 2008

POSTGAME: PACERS - 12/17/08

Crawford's mid-range pull-up jumper was deadly

MVW: Jamaal Crawford

The Good
Jamaal Crawford: 38 min, 11-26 fg, 9 reb, 4 ast, 29 pts
Marco Belinelli: 39 min, 8-16 fg, 5-8 3pt, 4 arb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 21 pts
Stephen Jackson: 39 min, 8-14 ft, 3-3 ft, 6 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl, 20 pts
Andris Biedrins: 23 min, 6-13 fg, 10 reb, 2 blk, 16 pts
Kelenna Azubuike: 37 min, 6-12 fg, 2-3 3pt, 9 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk, 18 pts
Ronny Turiaf: 24 min, 4-4 ft, 4 ast, 6 blk
DeMarcus Nelson: 20 min, 7 reb

The Bad
Stephen Jackson: 39 min, 4 to
Andris Biedrins: 23 min, 4 to
Marco Belinelli: 39 min, 4 to
DeMarcus Nelson: 20 min, 1-6 fg

The Ugly
Ronny Turiaf: 25 min, 2 reb

Team Statistics
Warriors : Pacers
pts - 120 : 127
fg - 45-100 (.450) : 47-106 (.443)
ft - 18-23 (.783) : 27-29 (.931)
3pt - 12-28 (.429) : 6-17 (.353)
reb - 49 : 57
oreb - 13 : 20
ast - 20 : 19
to - 16 : 12
stl - 6 : 12
bs - 11 : 6
fastbreaks - 19 : 34
points in the paint - 42 : 62

Boxscore
Highlights
Popcorn Machine's GameFlow

Biedrins gets his 16th double-double of the season


Notes
  1. starting 5: Crawford/Belinelli/Azubuike/Jackson/Biedrins
  2. Murphy, Dunleavy, and Ford out for Pacers
  3. Jackson with a nice assist from 3 pt line to Belinelli
  4. Jackson hits a 3pt; let's hope his slump is over
  5. Biedrins looking very active; rebounding and scoring; defense collapsing on him fast, causing near turnovers and forcing perimeter scoring
  6. Azubuike with step-back jumper
  7. Belinelli misses first 3pt attempt
  8. Crawford's mid-range game is almost as good as Ellis'
  9. Turiaf in for Biedrins (foul trouble); misses jumper badly
  10. Morrow in for Crawford 3:55 left in 1Q
  11. Morrow hits open baseline jumper
  12. Azubuike shooting great from 3pt range after a bad start to the season
  13. Brandan Wright in for Azubuike near end of 1Q
  14. GSW 29 IND 40 end of 1Q
  15. Wright with oreb and flip in
  16. Azubuike turning the ball over; gets wide open 3
  17. Crawford continues to hit midrange jumper
  18. Morrow steals the ball, dribble clumsily on the break, passes up the wide open 3pt shot; still not playing with confidence
  19. Belinelli makes another nice finish on a drive
  20. DeMarcus Nelson called up; gets 2 off of Belinelli ast; retooled jump shot
  21. Biedrins sits with 3 fouls, 5:20 left in 2Q
  22. Belinelli continues to shoot well, hits 3pter to start the 2nd half
  23. Crawford draws a foul on a 3 pt shot, misses ft
  24. nice hustle on the offensive glass by Azubuike and Biedrins
  25. Biedrins picks up his 4th foul at 7:39 3Q
  26. Belinelli ties game at 81 on fade away; Belinelli looks like he's an NBA quality starter
  27. Warriors' inability to defensive rebound is why Pacers are leading
  28. Belinelli with another flashy dish for Biedrins dunk
  29. Belinelli drains yet another 3, tying game at 99
  30. good ball movement and unselfish play
  31. Granger hot and carrying the Pacers; unstoppable
  32. athletic buckets by Steven Graham; Warriors can't get a stop
  33. Jarret Jack hits big 3, Crawford misses his 3; Pacers up by 6
  34. Belinelli w/ career high 21 pts; a keeper or a trade asset to facilitate salary dump or upgrade in draft position
  35. Warriors lose 120-127 improving lottery odds
  36. always good to see a competitive game that ends in a loss where one of the young guys has a great game; chemistry seems to be developing as well
  37. disappointed that Nelson continues to sit Randolph and Wright all or most of the game in favor of a rebounding and defensive challenged small-ball unit

Belinelli looks like he truly belongs in the NBA


Postgame Quotes

Don Nelson
On Tonight's Game:
“I thought we competed the best we could. I thought it was anyone’s game for a while. We didn’t expect to play with such a small lineup. But with Murphy (Troy) out, they went small and then we had to. Their small team played better than ours. We expected them to run the floor and it was a pretty good battle.”


Jamal Crawford
On Tonight's Game:
"I thought offensively we gave ourselves a chance. But we were down one a couple different times and we didn’t capitalize or get the big stop or the big score. We just didn’t close it out."


On Trying To Turn Things Around:
"We just don’t want the young guys to get down. When you get results with winning, the hard work is paying off. Since we haven’t been winning we have to keep going forward and hopefully they’ll keep their heads up."
On Danny Granger:
"It’s confidence. I’ve always thought in the past he was a really good player. But now he’s being more vocal with his teammates and you can see he’s the leader of this ball club.”


Stephen Jackson
On Tonight's Game:
"They made shots. Danny (Granger) had a terrific game. We had a difficult job guarding the pick and roll tonight. That definitely hurt us. They set a lot of screens where they got open and they knocked them down."


On The Warriors:
"We have a young team. We’re going through a lot with injuries. Young guys are trying to find their roles and how the NBA goes. There’s a lot we’re going through right now and just trying to find a niche. We just need to get some momentum going for ourselves. This was a bad way to start a road trip but we have to get ready for the next one."


On His Place On The Team:
"I’m just trying to stay positive and be aggressive. I have to play well and shoot well for the team to win. I’ve been struggling a little bit. Everybody struggles sometimes, somewhere. It’s just about me continuing to be humble about the game and continuing to work on my shot and hopefully I can get out of it.”


Jackson gets his stroke back and shoots 8 of 14 from the field, 3-3 from the line


Related Articles
Thoughts on Game No. 26: Pacers 127, Warriors 120 - Geoff Lepper
Granger scores 41 to lead Pacers in victory over Golden State - Evansville Courier & Press
Fans want Warriors to struggle with Randolph and Wright playing - Matt Steinmetz
Jackson's role with Warriors evolves as they grow younger - Indystar.com
Granger, Pacers top Warriors in high-scoring affair - The Sports Network
Even if they win in Indy tonight, Warriors are looking at a 26-56 final record - Tim Kawakami
Game No. 26, live: Warriors (7-18) at Pacers (8-16) - Geoff Lepper
Jackson feeling better, but Warriors lose - John Shea, SF Chronicle


Warriors-Pacers 120-127 I Crawford 29pts,9reb vs Granger 41pts,11reb
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