Considering Love and Pekovic played a combined 24 minutes, I wouldn't read too much into the loss as a whole. But dissecting the individual parts, here's what we get:
- Love played just 12 minutes and still hauled in 9 rebounds. Just another day at the office
- Chase Budinger again looked like the smoothest, most comfortable player on the floor. He's going to pay dividends for this team, especially when Rubio gets back
- I'm still at a loss as to why the Pacers essentially swapped Darren Collison for DJ Augustine
- Greg Stiemsma was not-so-good tonight. 10 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover, -19 +/-. Indiana played really small tonight, and that seemed to throw him. He might end up being a situational guy
- Shved is really good at getting free of defenders. He's not so good at always knowing what to do next. Hopefully this is just a culture shock thing that will even out as he gets used to the NBA, because he was a very good distributor/finisher off the dribble in Europe last year
- I want Tolliver back. 24 minutes of Lou Amundson hasn't changed that
- It will be interesting to see how Indiana moves forward with Paul George. He's already a very good defender, and his offense is progressing solidly (particularly his ballhandling) Last year he already halfway made Danny Granger expendable. This year, it's not hard to see him simply being outright better. I wouldn't be surprised if Indiana decides to try and move Granger this season for a wing with more dimensions and fewer injuries.
- And yes, there were certain people in our front office who lobbied for George over Wes Johnson. Who has turned out to be everything Wes was billed as but isn't. Improved ballhandling included. Oi
- And remember when Gerald Green didn't get it? Yeah....he gets it now. And with his physical gifts, that could be a really really big deal
- Dante Cunningham will earn his keep. 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 6 blocks, and a take-no-prisoners attitude on the floor. He's a classic example of the "do $&%@" type of players you want to fill the lower half of your roster out with
- Derrick Williams....was.....yeah.....he started at the 3, and at one point stood at 12 points on 5-15 shooting thereafter. He managed to pile up the points at the last second after he led the third string late in the game (which I don't think was any sort of intentional statement by Adelman, no) but yeah....I don't see how this can work out
Finally, let's all enjoy S-n-P's glorious tweet from earlier tonight:
@canishoopus the Wolves are whiter than an Indiana team with the Hansbrough brothers and a Plumlee put together by Larry Bird.