Facing the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, the Indiana Pacers came into the game with only three losses on the 2013-14 NBA season. Moreover, the Pacers hadn’t lost a single game on their home floor, which is just one of many reasons that they have established themselves as one of the best teams in the league thus far.
However, Indiana’s streak of being undefeated at home this season came to a halt as the Pistons came out and delivered a solid effort. The Pacers’ defense limited Detroit’s offense in terms of efficiency, but the Pistons were able to beat Indiana on the glass as they out-rebounded them 55-40 on the night and added 20 offensive rebounds to their effort.
More than the Pistons’ solid effort, though, the Pacers’ offense delivered a bit of a stinker. Lance Stephenson continued to be rock-steady and Luis Scola was great off of the bench, but the rest of the Pacers’ starters shot just a combined 14-45 from the floor on the night. Paul George even struggled offensively as he put up only 17 points on 4-14 shooting while also committing four turnovers on the night.
Seeing the Pacers have an off night and look vulnerable at home isn’t a big deal, though. The Pacers are a basketball team in the NBA and even the best lose on occasion. That seems like a simple statement, but there is often too much overreaction to trivial matters concerning the NBA these days, so it feels like it needs to be said. This Pacers team is still going to be fantastic this season and could very well end up as the one-seed in the Eastern Conference. A loss to the Pistons, even if it was ugly and their first at home, is going to have very little effect on that.