For the second time in three nights, the Indiana Pacers had a game on the line, with the chance to win with a last-second shot. Unlike Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors, Friday night’s last-second shot against the Charlotte Bobcats did not go over well for Indiana. The Pacers went for one win and one loss in their first two games of the season, both of which were on the road.
The Pacers had 17 turnovers in their loss at Charlotte, and had 19 turnovers in the win at Toronto. These sloppy statistics cannot remain if this team has any chance of making noise in the Eastern Conference. Even without team captain Danny Granger, this team has to find a way to gel and hold together as a unified unit on the court.
The top two scorers for Indiana on Friday were both bench players. The Pacers found themselves falling victim to the breaking of a 23-game regular season losing streak for the Charlotte Bobcats, something that dates back to last season. Indiana has no time to sit and lick their wounds, as they come right back to play on Saturday for their home opener against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings have won six of their last nine games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers play five of their first six games, and 12 of their first 18 games on the road this season, which is the most early road games in the league. If this team doesn’t decide to come together, they could fall behind very early.