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Pacersfan.
12-15-2005, 09:18 PM
PACERS HOST JAZZ FRIDAY
Tinsley, Croshere Return To Lineup



By Conrad Brunner | Dec. 15, 2005 <HR>What the Pacers need, Jamaal Tinsley (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jamaal_tinsley/index.html) and Austin Croshere (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/austin_croshere/index.html) can provide.
That's why the return of both veterans to the starting lineup Friday night will be welcome good news for a team suddenly struggling for offense. Tinsley's ability to create shots for teammates, not to mention himself, and Croshere's defense-stretching shooting and overall hustle will provide a major boost.

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"It'd be a great lift to get those two guys back," said Coach Rick Carlisle.

Tinsley missed the last six games with a strained thigh and groin. The Pacers went 3-3 in that span. With Ron Artest (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/ron_artest/index.html) on the inactive list, the offense has struggled mightily in the last two, averaging 75.5 points on 37.6 shooting overall, 23.8 percent from the 3-point line (10-of-42).

"It's going to help a lot because Jamaal's our best creator with the ball," said Carlisle. "He's one of the best creators in the game, so that's always going to give you a lift. The challenge is going to be getting him re-integrated, getting him back on the court and making sure we're not playing him too many minutes where he's getting exhausted. A player like him, for us, really helps."

Tinsley demonstrated his ability to score last season, posting a career-high average of 15.4 points for the depleted team. In his first 27 games after the post-Nov. 19 suspensions, he averaged 19.1 points before a foot injury spoiled the rest of his season.

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Until Artest is traded, the Pacers will need all the scoring options they can muster, including Tinsley.

"Jamaal is a great point guard," said Croshere. "He's a guy that has the ability to get you 10 assists on any given night. And he's the one guy in Rick's system, where it's a lot of play-calling, that Rick gives Jamaal the freedom to call plays and run the offense a little more free-flowing. Without Ron in there, we need to get some easy baskets somehow and we can do that in transition and Jamaal's the guy to get us going in that direction.

"He needs to continue to play as he has been but look to take advantage of opportunities more when they're there."

Tinsley understands the need but doesn't want to focus too much importance on any individual's scoring output.

"We're not run by offense," he said. "Some nights we're going to be off but we've just got to stop guys from scoring, get loose balls and not turn the ball over. It's not all about scoring, it's about stopping people."

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Croshere has missed 3&#189; of the last five games with a variety of problems, including a bruised back, the birth of his son and getting trapped on the highway in a snowstorm. The veteran has meshed well with the first unit because of his perimeter threat and hustle. The Pacers are 8-3 when he starts, and 0-3 in games he's missed. He has averaged 9.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 50.7 percent shooting as a starter.

"He's been a real consistent player for us, obviously," Carlisle said. "Our record with him as a starter is very good and the three games we've been without him, we've lost. So there's no doubt he's an important player."
The Pacers already have employed 10 different lineup combinations so Croshere hopes the stability provided by the team's return to health can help smooth out the rough spots that have been in evidence recently.
"Any time you lose a player with the abilities that we did, if you can have some continuity, some consistency with the lineups, those types of things are definitely going to help," he said. "Obviously, we've gone through a lot of different starting lineups this year. Hopefully we can get back, get healthy and be able to start with the same team for awhile."

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NOTES: The Pacers will be going for their third consecutive season sweep of the Jazz, having already won in Utah 84-60 on Nov. 29. … Stephen Jackson (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/stephen_jackson/index.html) has made at least half of his field-goal attempts just twice in the last 10 games and is shooting 39.7 percent overall and 25 percent from the arc in that span. … Sarunas Jasikevicius (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/sarunas_jasikevicius/index.html) has gone 10-of-31 from the field (.323) and 5-of-20 from the arc (.250) in the last four. … Anthony Johnson (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/anthony_johnson/index.html) has averaged 12.3 points on 52 percent shooting in the last three. … O'Neal has four consecutive double-doubles and 10 in the last 13 games but is coming off a season-low 14 points in Boston. He also failed to block a shot for the first time this season. … In their last five losses, the Pacers have shot 25 percent from the arc. … The defense has limited the last four opponents to averages of 80.5 points and 39.5 percent shooting. … In their last seven losses, the Pacers have been outrebounded by an average margin of 8.6. … In their eight losses this season, the Pacers have been outscored 153-84 in points off turnovers.



http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/update_051215.html

Jermaniac
12-15-2005, 09:21 PM
MEL MEL is BACK

317Kim
12-15-2005, 09:22 PM
:yes: Sounds like Cro is really key : The Pacers are 8-3 when he starts, and 0-3 in games he's missed. Glad to have him and JT back!

GO!!!!!
12-15-2005, 09:26 PM
Winning is back in style

Hoop
12-15-2005, 09:46 PM
I'm sure glad Carlisle and the players think a lot more of Tinsley than people on here do.

MagicRat
12-15-2005, 10:00 PM
:woohoo:

Pacers#1Fan
12-15-2005, 10:04 PM
Just in time for Cro to get another big contract :rollout:

ssmall
12-15-2005, 10:31 PM
I smell wins























and AJ starting

Ragnar
12-15-2005, 10:39 PM
I smell wins























and AJ starting

Its either or not both.

Kegboy
12-15-2005, 11:41 PM
"Jamaal is a great point guard," said Croshere. "He's a guy that has the ability to get you 10 assists on any given night. And he's the one guy in Rick's system, where it's a lot of play-calling, that Rick gives Jamaal the freedom to call plays and run the offense a little more free-flowing. Without Ron in there, we need to get some easy baskets somehow and we can do that in transition and Jamaal's the guy to get us going in that direction.

Just wanted to make sure everyone saw that. ;)

Bball
12-16-2005, 12:08 AM
"Jamaal is a great point guard," said Croshere. "He's a guy that has the ability to get you 10 assists on any given night. And he's the one guy in Rick's system, where it's a lot of play-calling, that Rick gives Jamaal the freedom to call plays and run the offense a little more free-flowing. Without Ron in there, we need to get some easy baskets somehow and we can do that in transition and Jamaal's the guy to get us going in that direction.

Just wanted to make sure everyone saw that. ;)

Smokescreen for the upcoming trade.

-Bball

Isaac
12-16-2005, 12:10 AM
This makes me feel better. I definitley don't want to see Tins go, and it was starting to seem like he was on his way out.

Unclebuck
12-16-2005, 12:12 AM
Smokescreen for the upcoming trade.

-Bball



You never stop do you.

Without Artest, Jamaal becomes more important, it will be good to get Jamaal back. I question for how long though

Anthem
12-16-2005, 12:12 AM
"Jamaal is a great point guard," said Croshere. "He's a guy that has the ability to get you 10 assists on any given night. And he's the one guy in Rick's system, where it's a lot of play-calling, that Rick gives Jamaal the freedom to call plays and run the offense a little more free-flowing. Without Ron in there, we need to get some easy baskets somehow and we can do that in transition and Jamaal's the guy to get us going in that direction.

Just wanted to make sure everyone saw that. ;)
Agreed. Who was it that claimed Carlisle didn't trust Tinsley?

I've been wondering if Carlisle's been training Saras at the two so he can play Jamaal and Saras in the backcourt. That would rock.

Shade
12-16-2005, 12:13 AM
"Jamaal is a great point guard," said Croshere. "He's a guy that has the ability to get you 10 assists on any given night. And he's the one guy in Rick's system, where it's a lot of play-calling, that Rick gives Jamaal the freedom to call plays and run the offense a little more free-flowing. Without Ron in there, we need to get some easy baskets somehow and we can do that in transition and Jamaal's the guy to get us going in that direction.

Just wanted to make sure everyone saw that. ;)

I told y'all so. :tongue:

HIDE YOUR DUSTPANS! THE TINS MAN IS BACK!

http://www.coldmilk.org/tinsley_dustpan.gif

tadscout
12-16-2005, 12:16 AM
As long as Jamaal stays healthy, I'm thrilled to have him...

Bball
12-16-2005, 12:17 AM
You never stop do you.

Without Artest, Jamaal becomes more important, it will be good to get Jamaal back. I question for how long though

Just joking with Kegboy...
I wasn't serious. But now that you mention it ;)

-BBall

Unclebuck
12-16-2005, 12:18 AM
Just joking with Kegboy...
I wasn't serious. But now that you mention it ;)

-BBall



I was just joking also

Jermaniac
12-16-2005, 12:25 AM
Who ever made that GIF is a God, I have been looking for that for so long.

ChicagoJ
12-16-2005, 01:41 AM
Jamaal's been our second most important player for a while now. Too bad he can't stay healthy or even play enough minutes when healthy.

I'm looking forward to a starting backcourt of Tinsley and Saras.

FreshPrince22
12-16-2005, 04:44 AM
This makes me feel better. I definitley don't want to see Tins go, and it was starting to seem like he was on his way out.

He was just talking him up to up his trade value. This will be a showcase game ;)

Peck
12-16-2005, 04:49 AM
just for the record, this entire past week has been filled with positive news, at least as far as I'm concerned.