It’s that simple.
The bench showed signs of weakness in the playoffs especially in the Miami Heat series for the NBA East crown. In the 99-76 loss to the Heat for the series victory, the Pacer bench scored only eight points.
A strong case in point was D.J. Augustin, who had enjoyed some excellent playoff games, but not against the Heat. Miami’s defense did the job.
For his career, Augustin averages 24.5 minutes. 9. 6 points and 1.8 rebounds a game. For the season in 76 games, he averaged 4.7 points and 1.2 rebounds a game.
His playoff performance was better than this regular season with 5.2 points per game. He had an excellent semifinal series against the New York Knicks with 8.2 points and 9.7 boards per game. But when the Pacers needed Augustin and his teammates from the bench to come through against the Heat, it didn’t happen. Augustin played 81 minutes in Game 5, a Pacer loss, and didn’t score. His playing minutes went down to 10 and nine the next two games and he only scored two points in each contest. Augustin was 1-of-3 from the floor in the last three games of the series. In his defense, no one else from the bench was able to do much for the Pacers, who faced a tenacious defensive effort from Miami.
The Pacers will need more effort from the bench in future playoff seasons if they’re to have a shot at that elusive NBA title.