Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said he thought one of the reasons Indiana was so successful was that it contained Patrick Patterson and held him to 15 points. He though the post players did a good job doubling him but that the real key was that his guards were able to shift to where they needed to be.
That was really the essential question of the game: which team’s depleted group of guards would play better? Clearly, Indiana won that. Ramel Bradley got into early foul trouble and never was effective. Joe Crawford’s shots were off all night.
Jordan Crawford, meanwhile, had 20 points. Jamarcus Ellis had 12 points, five assists and five rebounds.
“I thought that we played tough,” Sampson said. “I donâ€™t know that we played great, but we played tough. That was something we knew we had to do today: grow up and be men.”