The Pacers win 93-74. Stuckey scores 15 points, Miles scores 12 points. Henderson scores 12 points and seven rebounds and Williams scores 12 points for the Hornets. Miles:
It was just a big sense of urgency. They’re a tough team, but we wanted to come out with a sense of urgency and get a good start.
We didn’t put up a good effort at all. We are in a tough playoff push right now and that’s not really the type of effort you can give if you want to make the playoffs.
We had a confidence against this group playing at home, understanding the ramifications of the game. We’re just trying to stay in the fight and we executed the plan pretty well.
The Celtics wins 100-87 against the Pacers. Olynyk scores 19 points, Turner scores a triple-double (13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds). Hill scores 21 points and Stuckey scores 16 points for the Pacers. Coach Stevens on Olynyk injuries:
He felt OK. It was more of a vision thing; how well could he see? He was saying he could see pretty well and the doctors felt pretty good about him playing. They stitched him up. I think it looked a little worse than it felt. I think that’s an obvious statement.
Olynyk on eye injuries:
When I first did it, I went in there and they told me I won’t be playing. Then when I went in to see the doctor, they wanted to dilate my eye, but your vision would be blurry. I told them not to, because I wanted to play. They sewed it up. I came back and wanted to give it a try.
It’s very frustrating, Everything is on the line and we’re just blowing it away and giving it away.