Originally written on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 11/17/14
I felt much more confident about the Pacers going into their showdown with the Lakers at the Staple Center after their solid loss (if there is such a thing) against the Spurs several days ago. The offense was still rocky but it showed signs on improving, as did players such as Roy Hibbert and DJ Augustin (who both sucked tonight, unfortunately). I was less optimistic when I found out that Kobe would be playing despite battling the flu. Kobe always has good games when he is sick because he is dying to have a monumental "flu game" like Michael Jordan, and I was afraid the Pacers -- who always tend to give up huge numbers to superstars -- would be a victim. In the end, the Pacers' offense was still fugly and Kobe took off for 40 points (he had a triple-double, actually, with 10 rebounds and 10 turnovers!), but it didn't matter because George Hill hit a running right-handed scoop shot high off the glass over the outstretched hands of Dwight Howard, with the ball sinking through ...
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