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10-18-2006, 11:49 AM

Should Fans Be Concerned With Preseason Results?

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Q. Aside from the fourth quarter against the Nets, the Pacers have not played well at all in the first three exhibition games. The new up-tempo offense hasn't gotten in gear and the defense also has struggled. I know it's very early, it's only the preseason, key players have been injured and the coaches are experimenting with lineups and combinations, so wins and losses don't matter right now. At what point, however, should the fans begin to take the outcomes of these exhibitions more seriously as indicators of what the Pacers can do? (From Ruby in Indianapolis)

A. Though the preseason games are all we have to go on in terms of evidence upon which to draw conclusions about this new Pacers team, it's always risky to get too optimistic or pessimistic based on October performance. That's especially true this year, because the projected starting lineup hasn't been together yet for a variety of reasons. Depending on the status of Jermaine O'Neal's sore Achilles tendon, it may not be together tonight in Cincinnati against Denver, either.

Generally speaking, the first half of any preseason is more about the individuals than the team, when it comes to evaluation. Coaches and front office staff need to get as long a look as possible at the players fighting for roster and/or rotation spots to see if or how they might fit. That's why Rawle Marshall has started twice and leads the team in minutes, and rookies Shawne Williams and James White have both played more than 20 minutes per game. It's very important for young players to be measured against NBA competition to determine their readiness.

After the first round of cuts is made, which could come as early as tomorrow before the game against Charlotte, the focus will shift more toward team preparation. The lineup should take on a more familiar look and the rotations should begin to stabilize, although it's likely there will be some experimentation with combinations into the first few weeks of the regular season. Getting Marquis Daniels back from his hamstring strain would help immensely because he figures prominently in the rotation at two or three positions.

While the Pacers haven't looked good thus far in the preseason, there's not a lot of reason to believe they would. They have 12 new players and an entirely new offensive system, so the learning curve is particularly steep. Assuming good health, the team should really begin to take shape for the final three or four preseason games. Keep in mind, though, the beginning of the regular season won't offer a finished product. This team is going to need some time to settle in and sort out, so judgment time should be postponed for at least a few weeks.

10-18-2006, 11:56 AM
It's pre-season. Why get too high or low on it? It is what it is, and the games don't count...it's a time for the coaches to prepare the team for the games that do count...la

10-18-2006, 12:09 PM
JO's sore Achilles?


10-18-2006, 12:36 PM
JO's sore Achilles?


Tinsleys jaw?


10-18-2006, 12:46 PM
JO's sore Achilles?




10-18-2006, 04:07 PM
is it just me or is this time when john edwards should be trying to play through a "sore back" to help him earn a roster spot? I really hope that he's not been guarenteed that because the guy didn't even get PT on a terrible hawks team