Hollinger's Insider Gems: Dec. 24, 2008

John Hollinger gives us five observations for Wednesday.

Updated: December 24, 2008, 12:52 PM ET
By John Hollinger |

1. We had two rare sights at the thrilling end of Tuesday's Nets-Pacers game. First, there was Indy coach Jim O'Brien realizing he had a matchup advantage and eschewing the de rigueur timeout when his team got the ball down a point with 24 seconds left. Instead he caught the Nets with Jarvis Hayes -- rather than defensive ace Trenton Hassell -- guarding Danny Granger, and Granger made a back cut for a jumper to give Indy the lead.