Indiana Pacers Need David West To Snap Out Of His Slump

By John Raffel
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers held back the Cleveland Cavaliers 82-78 Sunday night and have won seven of their last eight games for the NBA‘s best record at 27-6.

That means everything is going terrific for the Pacers, right?

Well, not completely.

The Pacers could use players like David West to contribute a lot more than he has. The win over the Cavaliers wasn’t overly impressive, considering the Pacers shot only 36.4 percent from the floor and the Cavs are missing their best player, Kyrie Irving, with a knee injury.

West is not having a good season although he did hit a key late-game free-throw against the Cavaliers. In 34 minutes of action, he was 4-of-13 from the floor, and 3-of-4 from the line for 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two turnovers.

But his numbers are down which indicates that West is not quite himself as he has been in the past, even though the team seems to be clicking on all cylinders.

On his first 32 games, West is averaging 30.0 minutes, 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game and is shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and 78.8 percent from the line. That compares with career figures of 32.1 minutes, 16.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 78.8 percent from the foul-line.

Coming into the Cleveland contest, West had averaged just 9.6 points and five rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor. He still contributes a lot outside of the statistical sheets and he’ll still post a double-double. But West is obviously off his stride a little bit and the Pacers fear it could last most of the season. They’ve got the talent to make a title run but they need West to get back on his game and be the reliable producer he’s been for a long time.


John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter @JohnCarlRaffel, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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