However, this also is bad Indiana defense — from a couple usually good pick-and-roll defenders. Ian Mahinmi should not have shown out and extended that far from the basket (this isn’t Stephen Curry with the ball) and by doing so he created a lane for Walker to drive. To his credit, after the game Mahinmi owned up to his mistake. But I’m not letting George Hill completely off the hook, he got hung up on Cody Zeller‘s screen and could never recover.
Walker and the Hornets are now tied with Chicago for the final two playoff spots in the East, just half a game behind Indiana.