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Trophy
11-12-2010, 11:59 AM
Are we projected to have a pretty big crowd tonight? Between it being Friday night and the fact that we had a historic game previously.

I think we're gonna win pretty big tonight.

Between the Rockets not having Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming probably unavailable for tonight's game. We definitly have the advantage.

Thoughts?

pacer4ever
11-12-2010, 12:03 PM
Scola has been a beast to start the season. Josh might pick up thoes 2 quick fouls hope not.

90'sNBARocked
11-12-2010, 12:04 PM
Are we projected to have a pretty big crowd tonight? Between it being Friday night and the fact that we had a historic game previously.

I think we're gonna win pretty big tonight.

Between the Rockets not having Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming probably unavailable for tonight's game. We definitly have the advantage.

Thoughts?

No to be a party pooper but I kind of think we will get blown out

It is easy for a big letdown after Tuesday's remarkable game
The Rockets lost last time out
Luis Scola will give McBob and Tyler lessons on how to score in the post
We have won the last four against the Rockets

Hope I am wrong of course, but wouldn't be suprised either way

wooolus
11-12-2010, 12:05 PM
I think we really need to contain Scola, the guys is having a big season. That being said, I think Roy can more than handle whoever they throw at us in the center position.

However, I think my biggest concern is how many times we are going to send Kevin Martin to the line, we do have a tendency to send the opposing team to the line a lot, and K-Mart is one of those players that lives on drawing fouls. I think starting BRush would be a good idea, so he can stay infront of Martin, and keeping our bigs from fouling.

Trophy
11-12-2010, 12:08 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing how Tyler's defense will do in the post. For the most part, he's been good defensively on players with ball inside the arc.

Houston might even use Scola at center through out the game so we might get a stop if Roy is playing.

I think it'll be the Roy and Darren show tonight for sure.

Danny is gonna need to overcome Battier's 1-on-1 D and guys like Brandon, Paul, and Mike can't leave Kevin Martin open.

Besides Houson only has 1 win, but that apparently doesn't matter to this team.

90'sNBARocked
11-12-2010, 12:17 PM
Do you think Paul George will get some burn?

Mackey_Rose
11-12-2010, 12:24 PM
Scola has been a beast to start the season. Josh might pick up thoes 2 quick fouls hope not.

Defending players in the post has not been Josh's issue when it comes to getting in foul trouble. The lone exception to this was the San Antonio game when Blair got the better of him early, but then Josh adjusted and proceeded to keep Blair totally silenced the rest of the game.

His problem has been he's been too aggressive with his help defense. He doesn't seem willing to give up a layup if he's in the vicinity. Our perimeter defenders seem unwilling to take a foul to prevent an easy bucket, but we have Josh and Tyler, and to a bit of a lesser extent, Roy, who are the complete opposite. Unfortunately, I don't think we have enough front court depth where these fouls are acceptable. In certain siutations, I'd rather they gave up the occasional 2 points and save themselves the foul trouble. I'm glad we have that physical presence in the paint finally, but they need to do what is best for the team.

We can really only afford to go three deep in the front court, so if it means we need to give up a couple points here and there to keep those three on the court, I think it makes sense.

Tonight's game will be interesting. It seems like a game we should win if Brooks and Yao are both out, but a let down following Tuesday's crazy game is definitely possible. If you had asked me on Monday to predict our results from this week, I would have said a loss on Tuesday and Friday, and a win on Saturday. Now I think it is more likely we win on Tuesday and Friday and lose in Cleveland tomorrow night.

Let's hope I'm wrong and we can pull out all three this week.

90'sNBARocked
11-12-2010, 12:28 PM
His problem has been he's been too aggressive with his help defense. He doesn't seem willing to give up a layup if he's in the vicinity.

I love that Josh wont allow lay ups. I was watching the Reggie 30/30 again last night and I loved the segment where Antonio and Dale were talking about the "no lay up rule"

Also I think part of the blame for Josh's foul trouble is poor perimeter defence from both Dunleaby and Collison. Same a slast year when the opposing team's guards would break our defence down off the dribble , forcing our PF to slide over and defend

OakMoses
11-12-2010, 12:28 PM
Here's a prediction that I think will frustrate us all in tonight's game:

Roy will have trouble scoring over Chuck Hayes in the low post. Even though Hayes is more than 6 inches shorter than Roy, he's an absolute beast defensively. He's going to consistently push Roy off his spots and make him work for every bucket. Roy is not strong enough to push Hayes around.

The upside is that Roy should be able to be really effective in the high post both passing and shooting. He should be able to face up and shoot over Hayes all day long. The other upside is that the Rockets have no one who can protect the rim, so our game plan needs to be to attack the rim mercilessly.

OakMoses
11-12-2010, 12:31 PM
One thing I really want to see tonight, though I think it's unlikely, is the Rush-George-Granger trio.

90'sNBARocked
11-12-2010, 12:34 PM
One thing I really want to see tonight, though I think it's unlikely, is the Rush-George-Granger trio.

I would love to see this lineup, if for just a few minutes on the floor

Collison
Rush
George
Granger
Hibbert

MagicRat
11-12-2010, 12:38 PM
No to be a party pooper but I kind of think we will get blown out

It is easy for a big letdown after Tuesday's remarkable game
The Rockets lost last time out
Luis Scola will give McBob and Tyler lessons on how to score in the post
We have won the last four against the Rockets

Hope I am wrong of course, but wouldn't be suprised either way

The Pacers will need to remember they were on the other end of a similar blowout against the Rockets in the preseason. Hopefully that helps ward off a letdown......

PaceBalls
11-12-2010, 12:48 PM
I want to see 30+ minutes of Tyler. I have more fun watching him play than any Pacer since Ron Artest.
I think the best lineup is DC Rush Granger Tyler Roy, with Josh as 6th.

Scola might have a big game, especially if we see Posey guarding him... Kevin Martin is freakin amazing too. I don't really know who we are going to have guarding him, Brandon might be too big and not fast enough. Kevin is so quick and has such a quick shot. He also draws fouls almost as well as the legendary Reggie, even with the modern rule changes.

It would've been fun to watch the Roy vs Yao matchup, but I doubt they play Yao.

I am stoked about this game, and though very pessimistic about the Pacers actually winning the game, it sure would be awesome to get some revenge for that ugly preseason game.

kester99
11-12-2010, 01:03 PM
Cool! A pregame discussion.

The perfect place for the game Media Notes:

http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/notes.pdf

This edition contains such nuggets as:

Thus far in 2010-11, the Pacers have held their opponents to an
average of 102.8 ppg, tied for 18th lowest in the NBA.
�� The Pacers opponents this season have shot 44.6 percent from
the floor and that is the 11th lowest defensive field goal
percentage in the league.


Also here are the Rockets notes:

http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/notes.pdf

Yao Ming not listed as probable starter!

Thank you, unnamed Pacers and Rockets organization people who produce the game notes!

kester99
11-12-2010, 01:18 PM
I think we're going to see how well or poorly the Pacers learned the lesson of the 2 or 3 day layoff, in combination with a very hungry opponent. We got blown out in Philly with that combination. How our youngsters respond will tell us something.

Pacers4Life
11-12-2010, 01:24 PM
I predicted a win in the guess the score... so obviously i think we will. I don't think a "letdown" is possible after they saw what they're offenSe COULD be... If we get beat it will bcuz the Rockets outplayed us and I just don't think they have the personnel to get that done tonight. G o Pacers!

Hicks
11-12-2010, 01:26 PM
Do you think Paul George will get some burn?

Maybe a little.

90'sNBARocked
11-12-2010, 01:36 PM
Maybe a little.

I hope so

I am fine with Jim decreasing his minutes, as long as he doesnt get DNP-CD's

TheDon
11-12-2010, 02:21 PM
I think tonight we're going to have to play a lot better defense than we played in the game against Denver (unless ya know we shoot near 100% again). I think we got enough bodies that if someone gets beat we have someone else there that'll be willing to slide over and make the stop. Really think it depends more on Collison than anybody else to pressure the ball and stay in front of his man. I think a combination of things like how we got blown out in Philly, the fact this team destroyed us in preseason, should be still relatively fresh in our teams mind to come out and stay focused or we're going to have another epic meltdown. I really think we can and should win this game. I'd really like for us to pull away late in the game by a wide margin so that we can rest people and keep people fresh for tomorrow's game as well.

Trophy
11-12-2010, 02:27 PM
There's no reason why we should lose tonight.

Houston is short key players and we're coming off of a big win.

At the same time, we can't take the Rockets' record for granted. They're hungry for a win like Philly was and we can't take it easy because they're a team that can take advantage.

Tyler and Josh are decent defenders and they need to step it up on Scola.

We also tend to beat Houston every season both at home and on the road.

90'sNBARocked
11-12-2010, 02:31 PM
There's no reason why we should lose tonight.

Houston is short key players and we're coming off of a big win.

At the same time, we can't take the Rockets' record for granted. They're hungry for a win like Philly was and we can't take it easy because they're a team that can take advantage.

Tyler and Josh are decent defenders and they need to step it up in the post.

We also tend to be Houston every season both at home and on the road.

Yeah I realy really want tio see DC domminate Kyle Lowry

Trophy
11-12-2010, 02:33 PM
Yeah I realy really want tio see DC domminate Kyle Lowry

I think he will.

For the most part, we have the advantage at every position.

pacers74
11-12-2010, 02:39 PM
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Well, this is getting depressing. 1-6. Yao hurt. Aaron Brooks (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/24216/aaron-brooks) hurt. Jordan Hill (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/71908/jordan-hill) getting no playing time.
As bad as all those are, remember that it could be worse. Kyle Lowry (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21730/kyle-lowry) could be taking 10 jump shots per game. Oh crap...
The Indiana Pacers (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/teams/indiana-pacers) are 3-3 and they have some hope in Indy for a team other than the Colts. They're young, they have good players at each starting position, and if they could just play defense they could be a real contender.
So by now you've heard that the Pacers scored 54 points in a <STRIKE>game</STRIKE> <STRIKE>half</STRIKE> quarter. Wait, quarter? As in 12 minutes??? That's 4.5 points per minute! Holy crap! Well, the Rockets (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/teams/houston-rockets) are losing tonight.
Psych! Classic letdown game coming from the Pacers. You know it, I know it, but do the Rockets know it?
Keys to the Game:
Defensive Stops, which ends on a rebound
Limit turnovers
Get up on shooters (as Tom stated yesterday (http://www.thedreamshake.com/2010/11/11/1809010/perhaps-rockets-are-determining-own-luck-after-all))
On to the matchups,,,
http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg
Matchups:
PG: Ish Smith vs. Darren Collison (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/71921/darren-collison):
At least I hope Ish Smith is the one starting. Look, you guys know how much I like Kyle Lowry, but I the dude is hurting. I appreciate him playing through it, but that doesn't give him license to jack up three pointers. Ever.
Ish actually played well against the Wizards (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/teams/washington-wizards) when he wasn't handing the ball to John Wall (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/112569/john-wall).
Darren Collison was part of the big 4-team swap that the Rockets were a part of this summer. He hasn't had a great start to the season, but 17/5/3/2 is nothing to sneeze at. He's quick and plays smart basketball. Plus, he learned from Chris Paul (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21662/chris-paul) for a year. Scary.
Advantage: Pacers
SG: Kevin Martin (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21618/kevin-martin) vs. Danny Granger (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21709/danny-granger):
Yes, Granger is really a small forward, but the Pacers start both him and Mike Dunleavy (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21522/mike-dunleavy). So I had to pick one so I picked Granger. He's averaging 21/5, which isn't that great for how much Clutchfans loves him. Seriously, half of the potential trades over there result in us getting Granger. Is there something I don't know about? I like him, and I know he's good, but he's getting hyped more than Inception, which had me thinking it was going to shoot solid gold at me. It didn't. Also, Granger isn't the second coming.
Cue the comments section blowing up with "AK, you're an idiot" posts.
Advantage: Even
SF: Shane Battier (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21792/shane-battier) vs. Mike Dunleavy:
Shane will guard Granger, so that will leave Dunleavy to wreak havok on our defense. He scored 24 of their 54 points in that big third quarter. He's a good shooter and always lights up the Rockets.
I usually don't have much to say in the small forward section, mainly because Shane doesn't do much other than play defense. Well, he's picked up his offense of late. Think he realizes it's a contract year for him?
Advantage: Pacers
PF: Luis Scola (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/24219/luis-scola) vs. Josh McRoberts (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/24276/josh-mcroberts)/Tyler Hansbrough (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/71913/tyler-hansbrough):
Both the Tar Heel and the Dukie average about the same amount of time on the court at the four.
Neither of them is better than Scola, Together they average 17/11, which isn't too bad. White guys usually kill the Rockets. This is why Utah and Indiana have our number. It's a race thing. I'm telling you.
Also, one of their PF backups is named Magnum Rolle. Is there a better name in the NBA? Because that one is awesome.
Advantage: Rockets
C: Who knows? vs. Roy Hibbert (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/35076/roy-hibbert):
Roy is really playing better this season. I never would have thought Roy Hibbert would be way better than Greg Oden (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/24277/greg-oden), but that's the reality of the situation.
I'm not going to try with the center position with the Rockets. I'm just going to give it to Hibbert.
Advantage: Pacers
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Bench:
Pacers: T.J. Ford (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21631/t-j-ford), Brandon Rush (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/35075/brandon-rush), James Posey (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21888/james-posey), Paul George (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/111927/paul-george), Tyler Hansbrough, Solomon Jones (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21572/solomon-jones)
Rockets: Lowry, Lee, Chase, Chuck, Brad Miller (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21625/brad-miller), Jordan Hill (one of the last two will start for Yao)
Advantage: I want to give this to the Rockets, but I have to at least call it even. I should give it to the Pacers, but I still have faith in our guys
Injuries:
Pacers: Jeff Foster (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21704/jeff-foster) out (ankle)
Rockets: Brooks out, Yao out, Lowry day-to-day
Prediction: Rockets lose again, Armin takes to the drink.

http://www.thedreamshake.com/2010/11/12/1809220/game-8-preview-houston-rockets-at-indiana-pacers


Pretty good article until I got to the part about Magnum, come on do your research. I like our chances tonight, but Brd Miller could come in and score 25 on us who knows. We should have an advantage at every postion except power forward and isn't not like Scola is an all-star. I feel a big game for Collison is coming tonight. Our bench looks way better than theirs too. They have Lee, Budinger, Hayes and Hill. I'll take Rush, Ford, Tyler, and George any day.

pacer4ever
11-12-2010, 02:40 PM
I think he will.

For the most part, we have the advantage at every position.

except PF(Scola ) and SG (it is debatable if Rush and Dunleavy play good but i would still take martin and Lee and even chase SG)

Future_NBA_Player
11-12-2010, 02:47 PM
except PF(Scola ) and SG (it is debatable if Rush and Dunleavy play good but i would still take martin and Lee and even chase SG)

The shooting guard position isn't even close...ADVANTAGE PACERS.....Brandon is a bettther shooter, and he actually plays defense....Kevin averages more points because he takes 25 shots a game. I would rather have Brandon take 10 good shots than just throwing it up like Kevin.

pacer4ever
11-12-2010, 02:49 PM
The shooting guard position isn't even close...ADVANTAGE PACERS.....Brandon is a bettther shooter, and he actually plays defense....Kevin averages more points because he takes 25 shots a game. I would rather have Brandon take 10 good shots than just throwing it up like Kevin.

but Brandon isnt starting it is Dunleavy i am judging off starters. I perfer Brandon to there bench but i take Kmart over Dunleavy.

Kmart stats compared to Dunleavy

Player G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
Kevin Martin 7 7 31.3 .480 .400 .891 .30 2.60 2.90 2.9 .43 .29 2.71 2.00 24.1

pacer4ever
11-12-2010, 02:54 PM
ya not even close lol 24 and 48% in 31 mins i would take that over dunleavy any day

Player G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
Mike Dunleavy 6 6 33.2 .415 .343 .762 .80 5.30 6.20 1.3 .17 .67 1.00 1.70 13.7

mike 13 in 33mins shooting 41% u still take mike????

MyFavMartin
11-12-2010, 02:55 PM
I watched some of the Rockets against the Wiz on Wednesday night.

Ish Smith - I liked him at Wake. Collison should be able to wreak havoc on him with his quickness. Wall was a monster against Houston. Collison isn't Wall, but he does have quickness.

Houston's got new pieces that they're still trying to assimilate. And they're missing Yao and Brooks, they're starting C and PG.

Brad Miller looks slow and unathletic in his older age. Roy should be able to eat him up. I agree that Hayes would give Roy problems, but I would think that Roy will be effective against him to and be able to create for others.

Tyler/McRoberts against Scola: Scola is a very crafty veteran PF who can shoot and pass. The Animal Crackers have their work cut out for them. Make Luis work on the defensive end.

Kevin Martin is very quick and able to get to the FT line. He isn't very committed on the defensive end, though. Dunleavy should be able to matchup well with him, with both playing similar roles for their teams (create offense by movement). Would love to see Rush on KMart late in the game, if it's close.

Granger vs. Battier: My two favorite players in the NBA... And I'm going to miss the game because I've got a hot wife who needs to be taken out. Should be a great battle. Granger should still get his against Shane, but he'll have to work for it.

Bench: Courtney Lee vs. Brandon Rush; Tyler vs. Chuck Hayes; Chase Budinger vs. Paul George; Lowry vs. TJ... A lot tougher than I thought.

Advantage: PACERS with Collison and Roy. Josh and Tyler should do some damage too.

Yes, I am a Pacers fan, but Houston is my 2nd favorite team. Trying not to be biased.

pacers74
11-12-2010, 02:56 PM
As a whole I think we ahve the advantage in wing play. Dunleavy, Granger, Rush, George compared to Martin, Battier, Budinger, and Lee. If we put Rush on Martin for most of the night that should nuetralize him.

pacer4ever
11-12-2010, 02:59 PM
As a whole I think we ahve the advantage in wing play. Dunleavy, Granger, Rush, George compared to Martin, Battier, Budinger, and Lee. If we put Rush on Martin for most of the night that should nuetralize him.

ya as a whole i was just comparing starters. lee and bulidger have dissapointments this yr. Part of why there record has been poor.

Trophy
11-12-2010, 03:07 PM
Roy is gonna kick *** at center tonight.

Chuck Hayes is a very undersized center. They'll probably start him or Brad Miller.

I'm expecting a big game from Danny too.

pacer4ever
11-12-2010, 03:10 PM
Roy is gonna kick *** at center tonight.

Chuck Hayes is a very undersized center. They'll probably start him or Brad Miller.

I heard Brad but that could change. I admire Chuck Hayes he was suppose to be out of the league already because of his size but he works so hard. Gotta love hard workers.

Sookie
11-12-2010, 03:19 PM
This game is truly a gift. Aaron Brooks would have torn us a part, and Yao is..well..Yao.

We don't have either, and we need to take advantage of it. This game was a "most likely a loss" a week ago, and now it's a "should win"

The best thing about young guys is that the energy tends to always be there. The worst part is that they don't have the experience to know that they HAVE to take advantage of situations like this. (Or at least, they might know they need to, but not know how)

So this game..although we should win..it's not going to suprise me either way.

Trophy
11-12-2010, 03:28 PM
I heard Brad but that could change. I admire Chuck Hayes he was suppose to be out of the league already because of his size but he works so hard. Gotta love hard workers.

Yeah, that's why Roy can't take advantage of his size and not play hard and that goes for everyone.

The Rockets work hard and if we step up defensively without fouling and play like we care, then we'll get the win.

We played hard the entire game against Denver. At least we really stepped it up in the 3rd quarter offensively and took care of the ball.

MTM
11-12-2010, 03:30 PM
SF: Shane Battier (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21792/shane-battier) vs. Mike Dunleavy:
Shane will guard Granger, so that will leave Dunleavy to wreak havok on our defense. He scored 24 of their 54 points in that big third quarter. He's a good shooter and always lights up the Rockets.
I usually don't have much to say in the small forward section, mainly because Shane doesn't do much other than play defense. Well, he's picked up his offense of late. Think he realizes it's a contract year for him?
Advantage: Pacers

:confused:

Trophy
11-12-2010, 03:30 PM
This game is truly a gift. Aaron Brooks would have torn us a part, and Yao is..well..Yao.

We don't have either, and we need to take advantage of it. This game was a "most likely a loss" a week ago, and now it's a "should win"

The best thing about young guys is that the energy tends to always be there. The worst part is that they don't have the experience to know that they HAVE to take advantage of situations like this. (Or at least, they might know they need to, but not know how)

So this game..although we should win..it's not going to suprise me either way.

I thought that the DC/Brooks matchup was going to be fun to see and same goes for the Roy/Yao matchup, but this game will come a little bit easier for us, but once again we can't slack and not play hard because the Rockets still have some decent pieces that can score.

We've swept the Rockets in the past few seasons.

Scot Pollard
11-12-2010, 03:52 PM
im going with a friend tonight girlfriend cant make it

going back to your first statement im predicting a pretty big crowd just because its friday and people want to see the pacers

if we lost tonight thats just sad and im going to punch the wall

BringJackBack
11-12-2010, 04:32 PM
Obviously I am hoping for the best. But, since this is how Pacers basketball goes, I'm preparing for the worst. I know we played great and all, but that is just how it goes.

I really really want to overflow with emotion and optimism and say we win by a lot and all that, but .500 teams are so dang inconsistent it's aggravating. We probably aren't going to have any "expected" to wins until we are a 50-55 win team. Which means we need to wait until our core gets older, and we bring more pieces in.

Even in that case, Orlando came in Conseco expecting a win and they didn't play 100% and Roy dropped 28 on them and they lost.

Hicks
11-12-2010, 04:58 PM
I'm expecting a win, but little surprises me anymore.

jhondog28
11-12-2010, 05:17 PM
SF: Shane Battier (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21792/shane-battier) vs. Mike Dunleavy:
Shane will guard Granger, so that will leave Dunleavy to wreak havok on our defense. He scored 24 of their 54 points in that big third quarter. He's a good shooter and always lights up the Rockets.
I usually don't have much to say in the small forward section, mainly because Shane doesn't do much other than play defense. Well, he's picked up his offense of late. Think he realizes it's a contract year for him?
Advantage: Pacers

:confused:

That will be fun. Dont remember the last time someone went up against one of their groomsmen at their wedding.

mekoxavier1
11-12-2010, 06:02 PM
I am going to the game tonight. Looking forward to the next Pacer win.

OakMoses
11-12-2010, 06:31 PM
OK, I appreciate the positional breakdowns, but the Rockets have a huge advantage at the SG position. No coach in the NBA would choose Dunleavy or Rush to play over Kevin Martin if they had to win a game tonight.

Also, the Rockets have an astronomical advantage at PF. Scola would be the 2nd best player on our team if he played for the Pacers. You could even make a case that he's a better player than Granger. When you consider the McRoberts is #5 in our starting 5, it becomes a huge advantage.

Also, as I said before, don't sleep on Chuck Hayes. Morey's a great GM and Adelman's a fantastic coach. He wouldn't be on this roster, much less getting significant minutes if he sucked. I actually hope they start Brad Miller. It will make Roy's life much easier.