See that guy over there? That's the medic from Star Craft II. And the Pacers desperately need to hire him.* They've now lost five straight, and it's not too hard to see why.
*Or her, more likely. The medic is voice by a woman in the game.
The Cavs pretty well handled the Pacers last night, who are now a decent 17-12, but that's way below where they should be. Watching the game was pretty hard to do. No offense flow, the defense looked lost. It seems to me that a whole lot of that can be chalked up to missing Danny Granger and George Hill, two very key pieces to this team. Roy Hibbert is starting to look a little run down, too, but I think he'll bounce back after the all-star break.
In related news, I really don't understand why AJ Price hasn't got more of the missing minutes. It seems those have all fallen on Lance Stephenson, who couldn't find it his way off the bench under Jim O'Brien. Even when Vogel first took the reins last year, Price got those minutes and was Darren Collison's backup. True, there was a definite downgrade from Collison to Price against Derrick Rose, but that's to be expected. I have a feeling his increased minutes is coming from Larry Bird, who I think everybody tremendously respects, but I think he's misjudged his talent here. Taking 19 tries over two years to finally hit his first NBA three speaks to that. Along with his complete indifference to defense. AJ Price is probably a career backup, but I still like him over Stephenson.
Oh well. So it goes. Maybe things will go better with the Nets tonight. In happier news, Purdue was able to hold off Illinois in Champaign. That was very nice to see, and very nice to see Robbie Hummel look like the Hummel of our memories. Still, I'm hesitant to write too much about that yet. I want to see if he can do that for a few games in a row. He'll get a very good chance on Sunday when they take on Michigan State.
If you don't remember, Purdue got curb stomped in East Lansing. While I'm not absolutely convinced Purdue was going to win that game under great circumstances, any chance they had pretty much went up in smoke after the travel woes. The team didn't blame that, but it was pretty clear to anybody watching that nobody was themselves in that game. If they play like they did last nig