Last. Indiana did Milwaukee no favors last night by losing to the Bulls 120-110. They were down big early, came all the way back, and sort of repeated that in the second half before ultimately and inevitably falling. The Pacers are looking rather helpless, and I'm not sure where they are going with the group they have, though last place this season looks like their immediate future. They haven't finished in last place in a division since Reggie Miller's second year as a pro: 1988-89. To be fair, the Bucks have had quite a stranglehold on last place for a while now, until now.
Two Good. The Pacers are a miserable offensive lot (29th in efficiency), but they do average 99.3 points, so Milwaukee limiting them to exactly 81 in both contests is fairly impressive. Those games mark two of Indiana's three lowest scoring outputs of the season.
The games honestly have not been the most enjoyable to watch, but Andrew Bogut has certainly enjoyed playing the Pacers: He scored a career-high 31 points in the first matchup in Indy and added 21/8 on home turf in the second game. Hopefully that fourth quarter rest last night will help him on the second of this back-to-back...
'Drew Great, great stuff lately from Bogut the last couple games, and all season, really.
I noticed an interesting stat on HoopData: Bogut makes (2.5) and takes (6.0) more shots from within 10 feet of the basket (excluding shots directly at the basket) than any player in the NBA. And it's really not that close. All of those hooks, I guess. But his conversion rate (41.7 %) isn't that hot. He's also among the leaders making shots (3.8 per game) at the rim, where he converts at a very solid 65.5 %.