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Pacers are the second team to flash a sign of disrespect toward the Warriors in their own building - and pay for it
The Nets rested Gerald Wallace against the Warriors so he could be fresh two nights later to face the Clippers at home and it cost them a 102-93 loss in which they were out-rebounded. The Pacers, exercising the right of the visiting team, elected to warm up at the Warriors' end of the floor, which meant they'd be shooting at the basket in front of their bench in the second half. Teams invariably like to defend in front of their bench at the end of games, making it easier to shout instructions, provide verbal help on where guys are and maybe even stomp or shout when an opposing player is shooting in front of their bench. Coach Frank Vogel had enough confidence that his No. 1 defense in FG percentage (and several other categories) could lock down the Warriors down the stretch at the far end of the floor. Actually, they were more efficient stopping Golden State in the second half, holding them to 44.4 pct shooting after letting them go off for 51.4 pct in the first two quarters, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 103-92 loss -- and you can't tell me the Warriors, noticing the switch by the Pacers, weren't a little extra motivated by it.