Lawrence Frank said he was “embarrassed” the way his team played Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.
He was right. It was embarrassing. And Frank has to hold himself accountable.
The Pacers defeated the Detroit Pistons 114-82 and the game was as lopsided as the score would indicate.
All one had to do was look at the scoresheet to determine the reason.
On field goal shooting, Detroit was 29-of-82 for 35.4 percent while Indiana was 41-of-73 for 56.2 percent. From threes, Indiana was 10-of-14 for 71.4 percent and Detroit was 3-of-19 for 15.8 percent. In free-throw shooting, the Pacers weren’t very good, 22-of-33 for 66.7 percent. But the Pistons were worse with 21-of-37 for 56.8 percent.
In other words, the Pacers dominated in every category.
It’s two teams going in two different directions. The Pacers are gearing up for the No. 2 seed in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs and the Pistons are headed for an NBA lottery pick.
“I mean it was a total embarrassment,” Frank said. “We talked about it before the game. You know with Indiana it’s all about blitzkrieg. They blitzkrieged New York, who blitzkrieged us. There is no surprise about what they did. It’s about what they put into the game, the purpose they played with, the effort, the physicality and the passion.”
Frank pointed out and correctly so, that the Pacers don’t usually thrive on the fast break. But they saw how slow the Pistons were getting back to cover it that they decided to take advantage of that situation. Its clear why Indiana is 34-21 and Detroit is 22-35.