Rick Carlisle still seething over Pacers’ Game 5 letdown

Two days later, Rick Carlisle was still excited and furious about his team’s Game 5 performance.

The Pacers coach challenged his players to be better in Friday’s Game 6.

“King plays hard,” Carlisle said before Indiana’s elimination game. “That’s what we need to do. That’s what New York did in Game 5.”

Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle and assistant coach Jenny Boucek react during the second half of Game 5. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

After defeating the Knicks by 32 points in Game 4 to tie the series, Tom Thibodeau’s team returned the favor by defeating the Pacers by 30 points.

They outrebounded the Pacers by 24 points, outscored them by 26 points in the paint, and forced 18 turnovers.

Isaiah Hartenstein had twice as many offensive rebounds (12) as the entire Indiana team (5), and the Knicks took 29 more shot attempts than the Pacers.

“The statistical numbers like possessions and turnovers tell the story of the wipeout,” Carlisle said. “We have a lot of things to improve on. [play] It is more difficult and involves a higher level of execution and detail.

“Words accomplish nothing. It is action. [Friday] is the key. We know we’re going to have a great crowd and a great building. We’re going to have to do more and better. ”

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton
Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It would certainly help if star guard Tyrese Haliburton found his way.

He sat out Game 5, scoring just 13 points and making nine field goals.

The Knicks forced the ball out of his hands, and he acknowledged Thursday that he has to make more of an impact no matter what his opponents do.

During the Pacers’ two series wins, Haliburton is averaging 27.5 points and 21.5 shot attempts.

In the three losses, he has recorded just 17.6 points and 11.3 shot attempts.

“If we can be more aggressive and set the tone early in the game, we’ll be better,” he said. “I feel like it’s felt during the game. But I’ve got to do a better job of adjusting and understanding that as needed. Aggressive means like taking 30 shots or something like that. , I don’t mean that. It’s kind of the old mentality of getting two feet in the paint, being more aggressive. That kind of mentality is better for us.”

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He added: “At the end of the day, I had to get better at winning the ball.”

Asked if Halliburton needed to be more involved, Carlisle returned to the issue of effort. This situation will need to improve if his team is to decide Game 7.

“The sweet spot is to rebound the ball without taking it out of the net, and that’s going to make a big difference,” the Pacers coach said.