Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Pacers Dominate Warriors to Sweep Season Series

Pacers Dominate Warriors to Sweep Season Series

The standings indicated Golden State had nothing to play for yesterday.

In contrast to most games this season, the Pacers didn't fall behind early. Westbrook scored 17 points in the third, but the Warriors rallied and took an 84-81 lead into the fourth. But with three of their four all-stars in the lineup this time, surely things would go their way- right? No Curry, no Durant, no Thompson, no Green. Backed by a top-10 defense and strong support scoring from C.J. McCollum (26.7 points per game), Portland picked up two wins in those three outings and gained the confidence it can hang with the defending champs.

This game was different. So, um, we've got to be better.

The Warriors are playing without Stephen Curry, who will be out until the postseason with an MCL injury, and their offense has struggled.

"We're still shorthanded in different ways. Caring in general was the main problem", Kerr told reporters postgame (per The Athletic). "We have four All-Stars". While Kevin Durant played well for the visitors, they just weren't able to contain Bojan Bogdanovic, who finished with 28 points, three rebounds, and two assists. But it took him 23 shots. They came out with a better strategy, being more aggressive than us.

His scoring average against the Pacers is higher than any other active player in the National Basketball Association. Bogey led all scorers with 28 on an efficient 11-of-12 shooting.

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The sharpshooting Nets were 19 of 39 from 3-point range. "I thought our guys responded well to the challenge". "Our point guards did a great job of controlling the tempo of the game, and that allowed us shooters to have a couple of wide open shots".

Golden State's head coach made his feelings known about his player's performance after the game, as he said to Chris Haynes of ESPN that his team's effort against IN was pathetic.

Oklahoma City fell to sixth in the Western Conference standings.

Asked what he wanted to see, Kerr answered: "Just trying, cutting hard, driving, maybe boxing out once in a while".

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was not happy about his team's performance after the game (Herald Bulletin): "Yeah, I'm mad". "I know that this game doesn't mean anything in the seedings. It was an embarrassing effort, a pathetic effort".

The Pacers, meanwhile, are in a nice groove.

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