Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton stated the obvious after their 114-110 loss to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. He weighed in on their performance after the game, per SI.com's Tony East.
“We're just not playing well right now, if I'm being honest with you,” Tyrese Haliburton quipped.
The Pacers didn't play like the best offensive team in the NBA on Monday. Indy's 128.8 points-per-game average is a considerable difference over the second-place Atlanta Hawks' average of 123.6 points per game.
Regrettably, the Pacers' poor three-point shooting was one of the reasons why they lost to Portland. Indy converted on just eight of 33 attempts from behind the arc. Myles Turner and Buddy Hield – two reliable three-point shooters – were a combined one-of-nine from three-point range.
On the other hand, the Blazers drained nine of their 18 three-point tries. The Pacers couldn't stop Jerami Grant, who scored 34 points and doused cold water on the Pacers' rally in the fourth quarter.
Indiana's 20 turnovers also prevented the Pacers from making headway during the game.
The Pacers trimmed the deficit to two in the waning moments. However, former Indiana guard Malcolm Brogdon's seven-foot teardrop put the game out of reach with just six seconds left.
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As for Tyrese Haliburton, he stated his case as the NBA's best point guard yet again. He racked up 33 points and nine assists in a losing effort. Haliburton recently broke Ausar Thompson's ankles in Indy's blowout win on Friday.
The Pacers still have a respectable 9-7 win-loss record after losing to Portland. However, they have lost three of their past five games.
One of those losses was a 132-131 heartbreaker to the Toronto Raptors last week. Haliburton didn't like the way Indy played in crunch time.
The Pacers are a young team with great potential. Hopefully, they will become more consistent in the next few weeks.