The Pacers betrayed by their clumsiness in the final moments • Basket USA

The Pacers betrayed by their clumsiness in the final moments • Basket USA
The Pacers betrayed by their clumsiness in the final moments • Basket USA

He only had to move up the field to gain precious seconds on the clock. Jayson Tatum had just missed the equalizing shot, his Pacers led by three points (114-117) with around thirty seconds to play.

There, without any apparent pressure, except that Jrue Holiday was getting closer to him, Tyrese Haliburton…dribbled over the knee. Aaron Nesmith tried to make up for his teammate’s blunder by diving to the ground. In vain, lost ball from the Pacers, gift to the Celtics.

I don’t know what happened. It’s frustrating because it’s not something that normally happens to me. But no one forced me, I just dribbled on my foot », the leader of the Pacers can’t believe it.

No time-out taken

His error had no direct consequences, as the locals were unable to score near the circle on the next possession. With 10 seconds to play, the score had not changed and Jayson Tatum had to commit an intentional foul on the same Haliburton. Not being in the bonus, the Pacers had to put it back into play.

Except that Rick Carlisle blames himself for not having taken a time-out at that moment. “ This defeat is totally for me. We should have taken the timeout, moved the ball forward, found a way to get one or two free throws in and end the game. But that didn’t happen, and we made other mistakes “.

Carried away in his momentum and under pressure from Jaylen Brown, Pascal Siakam was not able to receive the ball on the throw-in in question. New lost ball from the Pacers. New gift for the locals who will find, from the end line, Jaylen Brown in the corner for the equalizer.

No fault on Jaylen Brown

Again, this was not in the Pacers’ plans. Rick Carlisle confirms it: the idea was to commit a voluntary foul to avoid this type of 3-point trigger.

But (Brown) caught the ball and came face to face with him, so Pascal decided to move out of the way, which was… I understand. It’s probably the right decision, you don’t want to concede a four-point action. Look, a lot of things had to go wrong for us and go right for them. That’s what happened. We must realize this », Continues the technician from Indianapolis.

It was just a matter of judgment. I had the impression that he was moving, that he had made his feint shot. I didn’t want to make a mistake at that moment. It was a difficult shot, I was in front of him. Maybe I could have challenged it better, but it was a complicated action », recognizes the Cameroonian.

21 balloons lost in total

The Pacers’ woes continued in overtime. With a minute left in the extra period, Tyrese Haliburton lost another ball, this time under pressure from Jrue Holiday. It was only his third turnover of the evening, but it still came at a critical moment.

Over the entire game, the visitors lost 21 balls, seven more than their opponents, in a match where both teams lacked control. “ I felt like there were more mistakes on our part than them pushing us to make mistakes. “, judges the leader, where his pivot Myles Turner considers that the Pacers have shown their “ age: being a young team in a match with such high stakes, we made mistakes, a lot of turnovers which are not characteristic. »

Tyrese Haliburton, however, does not want their coach to take responsibility for these errors: “ It’s not his fault. As players, we must do better. I lost two balls which cost us the match. I understand that he protects us, that he protects me too, but I take more responsibility for it than he does. »

Shots Rebounds
Players MJ Min Shots 3pts L.F. Off Def Early Pd Bp Int Ct Party Pts
Pascal Siakam 41 31.8 54.9 38.6 69.9 2.1 5.7 7.8 3.7 1.4 0.8 0.4 2.6 21.3
Tyrese Haliburton 69 32.2 47.7 36.4 85.5 0.5 3.4 3.9 10.9 2.3 1.2 0.7 1.1 20.1
Myles Turner 77 27.0 52.4 35.8 77.3 1.5 5.5 6.9 1.3 1.4 0.5 1.9 3.0 17.1
Bennedict Mathurin 59 26.1 44.6 37.4 82.1 1.0 2.9 4.0 2.0 1.6 0.6 0.2 2.0 14.5
Aaron Nesmith 72 27.7 49.6 41.9 78.1 0.9 2.9 3.8 1.5 0.9 0.9 0.7 3.3 12.2
Bruce Brown, Jr. 33 29.7 47.5 32.7 81.7 0.8 3.9 4.7 3.0 1.2 1.1 0.2 2.5 12.1
Buddy Hield 52 25.7 44.3 38.4 84.8 0.7 2.6 3.2 2.7 1.2 0.8 0.6 2.0 12.0
Obi Toppin 82 21.1 57.3 40.3 77.0 1.0 2.9 3.9 1.6 0.8 0.6 0.5 1.7 10.3
Tj Mcconnell 71 18.2 55.6 40.9 79.0 0.5 2.2 2.7 5.5 1.5 1.0 0.1 1.1 10.2
Jalen Smith 61 17.2 59.2 42.4 69.2 1.8 3.7 5.5 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.6 2.0 9.9
Andrew Nembhard 68 25.0 49.8 35.7 80.4 0.5 1.5 2.1 4.1 1.5 0.9 0.1 2.1 9.2
Isaiah Jackson 60 12.8 66.5 0.0 71.6 1.6 2.4 4.0 0.8 0.7 0.6 1.0 2.3 6.4
Jordan Nwora 18 10.1 45.1 30.6 81.8 0.4 1.4 1.8 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.1 1.1 5.2
Ben Sheppard 57 14.3 39.3 31.4 88.5 0.3 1.3 1.6 0.9 0.3 0.6 0.0 1.5 4.4
Doug McDermott 18 11.4 40.6 32.1 50.0 0.1 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.9 4.2
Jarace Walker 33 10.3 40.9 40.0 88.9 0.4 1.5 1.9 1.2 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.9 3.6
Oscar Tshiebwe 8 5.2 50.0 0.0 75.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.4 3.3
Isaiah Wong 1 4.3 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Daniel Theis 1 8.4 25.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0
Kendall Brown 15 4.2 53.3 0.0 62.5 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.6 1.4
James Johnson 9 5.2 30.0 0.0 100.0 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.9 0.6 0.6 0.1 1.0 0.9
Quenton Jackson 3 3.5 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 1.3 1.3 0.7 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.7
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