Indiana Pacers Need David West At His Best

By John Raffel
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

David West has had some relatively quiet games in recent days for the Indiana Pacers as he comes back from an injury

With the regular season coming to a close, the Pacers want West to continue making as much noise as possible. West has had a rewarding season for his team but needs to pick up the pace for Indiana to have a chance to be NBA champions. He’s averaging 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game in his 10th NBA season. With the loss of Danny Granger, the Pacers need West back at 100 percent capacity.

Since taking six games off to recover from a back injury, West hasn’t quite hit his typical totals and has been relatively quiet compared to what he’s done in the past. His most recent game on Friday seemed to indicate West was at his usual self. He played 35 minutes, which was critical for him to get back into the groove. West was also 6-of-11 against the Phoenix Suns for 14 points and brought down seven rebounds.

However, he had one of his worst ballhandling nights of the season with five turnovers. That’s not a good stat for one of the best players on a team wanting to win the NBA crown. West has been averaging two turnovers per game and has been focusing on being a better ball handler.

With a few more games under his belt, West is expected to be his old self for the Pacers and it couldn’t come at a better time.

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