Indiana Pacers: The Bench Must Step Up
By Matt Tonkinson: Hoopstuff Writer….
For a team hailed as a potential David to the Goliath of the NBA, the Indiana Pacers certainly seem to be lacking in a critical part of their game plan to take down the Miami Heat and proceed to the NBA Finals this season. The Pacers, fresh off a season that saw the Heat best them in 7 games during the Eastern Conference finals, claimed to add the needed missing pieces to their bench during the offseason, signing C.J. Watson, trading for Luis Scola and drafting Solomon Hill. Through only 3 games of the 2013 season, Indiana’s bench has somewhat curiously, hardly been performing at the level at which it was expected to be.
The Pacers opened the 2013-2014 campaign at home against the Orlando Magic and won in fairly decisive fashion, with high-powered performances by their starters as always. The 97-87 victory saw Paul George post 24 points and Lance Stephenson score 19 points, while Roy Hibbert notched 8 point...