2013 NBA Playoffs: David West Needs to Rescue Indiana Pacers From Shooting Slump

By John Raffel
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David West showed up, to some extent, for the Indiana Pacers in game 3 at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Paul George also showed up to some extent.

That was about it.

The Pacers, a good road team for most of the regular NBA season, were awful against the Hawks, who are now back in the series, trailing Indiana 2-1.

The Pacers had 22 turnovers and allowed the Hawks to have 11 steals.  But those weren’t the worst statistics of the game for Indiana. Shooting was horrible for the Pacers: 22-of-81 from the floor and 4-of-25 from the 3-point arc. West and George were the only Pacers to do anything, and it wasn’t much.

West is going to have to lead the way for the Pacer offense and pick up the pieces for game 4.

West played almost 34 minutes and was 7-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free-throw stripe for 18 points. He also had nine rebounds. But it was hardly a perfect game for him with three turnovers. George had 16 points but five turnovers.

This looked more like the Pacer team in the last week of the regular season rather than the one that dominated Atlanta in the first two games. What a difference home court makes in the NBA playoffs.

West just has to hope his team’s shooting ills are over for the playoffs. They won’t win another game with a shooting night like that. They need to take smart shots and be a lot more patient than they were on Saturday. If they’re not, it’s going to be tied 2-2.

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