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Kegboy
10-18-2004, 08:50 PM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/camp_offense_041018.html


Early Returns on New Offense Encouraging


By Conrad Brunner | Oct. 18, 2004
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The early returns for the tweaked offensive system have been positive. In their first preseason game with the full starting lineup, the Pacers racked up 108 points and shot .582 from the field while winning in Memphis on Saturday night.
Even including an 85-84 win over Washington in the preseason opener, a game played without the services of All-Star forwards Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest, the statistics reflect well on the progress of the offense. The Pacers are shooting .511 from the field and averaging 23.0 assists.

The next test comes Tuesday night when the Pacers play host to Minnesota in Conseco Fieldhouse (7:00 p.m., WIBC AM-1070).

"We're doing some things better and there are still some things we need to get better with," said Coach Rick Carlisle. "I like the way we're playing, for the most part. Having said that, we're two wins into an exhibition season that's really meaningless, in the grand scheme of the season. It's really about how well you do things that you know your team needs to do before you get ready to play in the regular season.

"We'll keep looking at guys and different possible rotations and stuff. I'm not going to get too excited about a couple of exhibition wins and I'm not going to get too down if we lose a couple, either. We just need to get ourselves ready to play come Nov. 3 (the regular-season opener in Cleveland)."

The Pacers averaged 91.4 points per game last season, 20th in the NBA and a franchise record-low. The goal isn't necessarily to become a high-scoring team, but to increase the efficiency but improving the quality of the shots. To do so, changes have been made to increase ball movement, player movement and spacing. There is also a push to take advantage of transition opportunities when they are presented.

"This offense wasn't put in to score 100 points a game. It was put in to get good shots and get everybody a shot," said O'Neal. "Hopefully, guys will work on their shots so that when they get the opportunity in the game they'll knock 'em down. If we knock 'em down, the way this offense should be run, we should score a lot of points. But that's not our goal, to go out and outscore people.

"We beat people last year without scoring that many points and we won 61 games. Obviously, if we get a little more of an up-tempo offense to go with our defense, we can be really good this year."

Of course, two preseason games hardly offer enough evidence to reach a conclusion about the new system. But the players have been encouraged by what they've seen to this point.

"The spacing is a lot better," O'Neal said. "There's a lot of moving everywhere. It looks good right now but we have to continue to build."

Minnesota certainly can offer a challenge to any offense. The Timberwolves are 2-1 on the preseason, allowing opponents averages of 85.0 points and .389 field-goal shooting. These teams will meet again in Bismarck, ND, on Saturday night. The Pacers also have another game with Memphis and two with Denver remaining, so the preseason schedule offers a strong measuring stick.

"This is a good opportunity for us in the preseason," said Carlisle. "We play Memphis twice, who's a playoff team. We play Minnesota twice, who is one of the top teams in the West. We play Denver twice, who's a playoff team and is considered a team that can contend in the West. You've got to take advantage of those types of opportunities in the exhibition season to get a gauge for where you are."

Fast Breaks
First-round pick David Harrison will miss Tuesday night's game, and likely Saturday night's rematch with the Timberwolves, pending the results of an MRI on his injured right shoulder. Forward Jonathan Bender will miss his third consecutive preseason game with lingering knee pain. Austin Croshere, who sat out Sunday's public intrasquad scrimmage with a sprained ankle, was back at practice Monday and is expected to play.

I was sorta encouraged, until I listened to the sound clip where Rick says he thinks 94 points is alot. :shakehead: :banghead:

We must have been some kind of super-team when we averaged over 100 under Bird. Perish the thought of the '80s, let alone the ABA days. :sarcasm:

Ragnar
10-18-2004, 10:02 PM
This is just the pre-season. If we can do that on a regular basis during the regular season I will be impressed.

Lord Helmet
10-19-2004, 12:00 AM
How many points did we average last season?90?I'll be happy as long as we win.I think we can average 95+ at least.Also I really liked the 23 assists that means we are passing the ball and finding the open man.Also Foster getting 16 pts is always nice.

TheSauceMaster
10-19-2004, 12:26 AM
Well we avg 91 ppg last season *I think*, I think if Sjax can contribute in like he has been pts wise in the short bit of time he plays in a game there is no Reason we shouldn't beable to boost it up to 96ppg this season ...I won't be surprised if were closer too 100ppg.

Lord Helmet
10-19-2004, 12:33 AM
Well we avg 91 ppg last season *I think*, I think if Sjax can contribute in like he has been pts wise in the short bit of time he plays in a game there is no Reason we shouldn't beable to boost it up to 96ppg this season ...I won't be surprised if were closer too 100ppg.
I think your right 91 ppg sounds right.And I agree if S.Jax can contribute (Why wouldn't he) we can at least have 95+ ppg.

Will Galen
10-19-2004, 01:17 AM
Geesh Guys! It says in the article what we averaged last year. A few people need to go to bed! :laugh:

TheSauceMaster
10-19-2004, 05:54 AM
Geesh Guys! It says in the article what we averaged last year. A few people need to go to bed! :laugh:

Nah , I just don't like long articles , I look and if it's more than a few paragraph's ..I skim or skip it :laugh: I didn't even see til you said something about it , but I was correct anyways ;)

SoupIsGood
10-19-2004, 06:42 AM
I'd say 95 points a game is our limit next year. Anything higher than that is a pretty lofty goal.

Fool
10-19-2004, 07:56 AM
How is your defense holding up with the opponent getting more touches due to the faster pace of the games?

Hicks
10-19-2004, 01:23 PM
How is your defense holding up with the opponent getting more touches due to the faster pace of the games?

So far so good; I mean it's only preseason, there are lapses; but for the most part they've played hard D. I think our D will be as good or better than last year (since Jackson gives us more D on the perimeter than Al), the tough part will be having to do it for a handful more posessions if we play a faster tempo; but the effort looks like it will be there again.

Kegboy
10-19-2004, 05:28 PM
since Jackson gives us more D on the perimeter than Al

I'd still say that Al's a better defender, but hopefully Sax is a more willing defender. That's the key.

Hicks
10-19-2004, 06:48 PM
since Jackson gives us more D on the perimeter than Al

I'd still say that Al's a better defender, but hopefully Sax is a more willing defender. That's the key.

That's also a key, but to me the key is "on the perimeter". Al gave us more of the same: Low post D like Ron and JO give. Jackson gives it to us where we didn't have it last year: At the guard spot. Yeah, we had Fred, but this is different than that.

Anthem
10-19-2004, 08:39 PM
Artest has D at the guard spot... I mean, he's versitle all, but I'd say he's a perimeter defender before a post one.