Jason Whitlock thinks the Pacers blew their chance to knock Cleveland out of the playoffs

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Jim Jackson and Eddie House join Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock to discuss the Indiana Pacers dropping Game 4 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

- There are moments when you can take the baton from a team. And I thought there was a moment, 2-1 at home, with the ball, with the lead 4 and 1/2 left. And from that point forward, the Pacers looked nervous. It looked like they were playing at the Y. They had no structure, offensively. And LeBron was on the ropes. He was tired. He was on the ropes. It was your moment, and they didn't seize it. And I really felt like they not only blew the moment, they blew the series.

JASON WHITLOCK: I agree with you. I think the Pacers blew this. I think it was an assisted suicide, though. There was a couple of refs on the court there, when Lance Stephenson creates a jump ball, and somehow the refs come in, oh no, no, no, no. That's a foul. When that's a clear jump ball. Let the players on the court settle the game. Do I think that solved the game? Because they were up three. Jump ball Jeff Green was probably going to get. But damn it, as a Pacer fan it irritated me. It irritated me more than even Oladipo's refusal to realize what was going on with him and look for some easy buckets.

- By the way--

JASON WHITLOCK: The guy took every hard shot he could last night, and it drove me crazy.

- By the way, I'm not a guy that bangs on coaches. But why isn't Sabonis in the game late? Why aren't you actually, leading, four minutes to go? Why is Darren Collison taking two huge shots? Nate's been in this league too long. He's been in too many big playoff series. Nate McMillan has to ask himself, why wasn't Sabonis on the floor? There were times yesterday he was the most reliable player footing around.

- But go back to your point about seizing the moment. Here's the issue. The Indiana team hasn't been in that situation to understand what that means. When Detroit had to finally break through Boston, they had to lose first. When Chicago got through Detroit, they had to lose first, in order to figure out, in those situations, how to come through it. This Indiana team is still learning on the fly. Plus you're playing against one of the greatest players to ever play the game, and the best player in the league right now that understands how to close out game.

So even though Indiana had an opportunity, the lack of knowledge of how to finish a game-- and that's when the coaching comes in, of course. But at the same time-- Eddie, you know this-- on the court, players have to make plays. And at the end of the game, if you're not experiencing that situation, you don't know what you don't know. And Indiana fell subject to that.

- Yeah, well on the flip side of that, I think the Cavs are just as bad as Indiana with that experience. You look at Kevin Love, he's shrinking in these moments right now. There's nobody else on their team. They only have three guys averaging double figures. And that's one guy, JR Smith. You can't trust him.

Everybody else that came over, they're not real-- they're hit and miss. The one thing about the Cavs is they've been consistently inconsistent. So has their lineups. And I think that's part of it.

You know this, Jimmy. When you have minutes you know that you're coming in at this time. You know you're going to get taken out. And you could extend those minutes if you playing well. But when you don't know if you playing, how many minutes you're going to play, your play is going to be inconsistent. I think that's what's going on with the Cavs right now.

Do I still think they'll win the series? Yes, because they have the best player on the team. But this could go seven games. Because, again, you don't know what team is going to show up. One game they're really good offensively, but bad defensively. One quarter they're really good defensively but bad offensively. You know, it's just, you don't know what you're going to get with them.

JASON WHITLOCK: That was the Pacers' worst quarter of the series. And it was the most important quarter of the series. To me, that speaks to a anxiety.

JASON WHITLOCK: Oladipo wet the bed. I mean, it was infuriating.

- And both losses.

JASON WHITLOCK: And I blame Nate McMillan again. You have to call a timeout and get him an easy bucket.

- Yes!

JASON WHITLOCK: Draw up something. Instead of this guy coming down, trying to take transition threes, or go one on one to the hoop. They never got him an easy bucket to get him to relax. As a Pacer fan, I've seen them melt to LeBron before, when he was down in Miami. And that's what this looked like to me. And so I want to be-- I disagree. If this goes to seven, I think the Pacers have a chance. I don't think it's going to seven, though. I really--

- I think down the stretch of the game, this is what they wanted to do. Correct me if I'm wrong. They knew that the double team was coming to Victor Oladipo early. The thing with me is, if he makes a quick decision, now you've got a two on one on the weak side.

- Exactly.

- And that's what they were really trying to do to exploit that weak side. But what happened was Victor, when he got a shot, especially at the free throw line or the three-point line, he wasn't in rhythm. Collison wasn't in rhythm. But the object was they knew the pick-- they knew the double team was coming out top. If Victor makes a quick play, either to the center or to the side, the Cavs are cooked on the opposite side.

- Right, that one extra dribble just holds the defense. The defense gets the opportunity to go over there and make the decision. If he gets off it real quick, they have to rotate fast. And they're rotating to guys that could make plays off the dribble.