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"People with intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"

"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

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"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

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Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

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  • Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

    Yes I said it, and no I'm serious. Only exception is when the Pacers play Shaq, I would be in favor of starting Pollard.

    The question of Foster vs Croshere comes down to this. Foster plays equally well whether he starts or comes off the bench. Croshere plays a lot better as a starter. That is a flaw in Croshere's game and perhaps he should not be rewarded for it, but I think the team would be better with Croshere starting. Not because the team is really better with Cro in there, but because Cro will fall back almost out of the rotation if he doesn't start, and there are times we need Croshere's offense at the power forward position.

    As far as who finishes, it depends on the matchups and depends on the score in the last 5 minutes. If the Pacers are behind by more than 5 points, and the matchups are not terrible, then I would be in favor of Croshere finishing, if Pacers trail by less than 5 or lead then Foster should finish

    Of course this end of game scenerio does not take into account the very end when the other team is fouling, in that case Cro should finish, but teams generally don't start fouling until the last 40 seconds.

    Croshere it is up to you to keep up your excellent play.

    I think the more difficult question is whose minutes get cut when Foster does come back. Certainly Cro's will be cut even if he starts, but that is only about 10-15 minutes and we know Jeff will play more than that.

    The additional 10-15 minutes that Jeff will take away from someone other than Croshere has to either come from Harrison or Granger (or I suppose it could come from Fred as Ron could play more backup shooting guard, but I think this is highly unlikely knowing Carlisle) Whose minutes should be cut, DG and DH or maybe both. I suppose J.O could play a few less minutes but that is not likely.

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    Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

    Where did Unclebuck go and why are you using his name?
    The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.

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    • #3
      Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

      Originally posted by ABADays
      Where did Unclebuck go and why are you using his name?
      I'll be looking for a "Granger should start at small forward" thread from him next.......
      PSN: MRat731 XBL: MRat0731

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      • #4
        Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

        Originally posted by MagicRat
        I'll be looking for a "Granger should start at small forward" thread from him next.......

        I can foresee the day when Granger plays small forward and Ron plays shooting guard for stretches of games.

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        • #5
          Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

          Something to think about, UB, but I like putting the best defensive team on the floor at the start of the game. I'd imagine that in any event Jeff will not start immediately when he comes back anyway. So, as you say, Cro will have a shot at keeping his starting position.

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          • #6
            Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

            Don't tell Peck, but I actually agree with this to a degree.

            One thing I've always said is that Foster is the ideal big man off the bench. I just haven't believed that the team could make it through a season with Croshere in the starting lineup. If he keeps playing like this (the hustle, not the stats), then I'm absolutely fine with it.

            That said, if we see recurrances of Austin2001-Austin2004, then he shouldn't be a starter.
            This space for rent.

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            • #7
              Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

              I've still got a hard time believing Jeff is going to be the same player.

              Two surgeries on the same hip...

              He's already not very physical, if he's not very mobile either then he's not going to be very valuable.
              Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
              Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
              Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
              Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
              And life itself, rushing over me
              Life itself, the wind in black elms,
              Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you

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              • #8
                Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                Unless he proves to be physically unable to play like he used to, Foster should start. Have we all forgotten what tenacious rebounding will do for a team? Especially in dog-day December/January games? Artest and Foster in the starting lineup gives us an edge in hustle versus every team in the league - which proves to be huge over the course of a year.
                I'm loving Croshere's game this year, and he'll continue to get his minutes, but Feisty has earned his spot in the starting lineup. With the caveat that he has to be 100% healthy, I see no way Carlisle will bring Foster off the bench.
                Has everyone forgotten how well we played with Foster in the playoff lineup last year? He should have been starting that entire time - and we suffered because of the reluctance to play him early off his injury.

                I'm a feisty-fluffer you could say.

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                • #9
                  Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                  Croshere usually doesn't get hurt. Foster may start now, but before the hip problem he was solid as well.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                    Originally posted by btowncolt
                    .

                    Of course, who on our team doesn't seem to have nagging injuries every year?
                    I don't remember any injuries for Carlisle. I'd say the whole coaching staff has been fairly healthy.

                    I'm all for leaving Croshere in as starter altho I could see reducing his minutes somewhat as Foster returns. Even with Croshere not looking to score the other team still has to account for him on defense (because he is a threat to score). With Foster they can play us 5 on 4 when we have the ball. Foster ain't scorin'...

                    -Bball
                    Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

                    ------

                    "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."

                    -John Wooden

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                    • #11
                      Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                      I totally agree with this post Buck. I like Croshere in the start line-up a lot, I just wish he could play SF and we bump Sjack out of the lineup.

                      This would be an insanely potent offensive/defensive lineup.

                      Tins/Ron/Cro/JO/Foster.

                      Everyone in that lineup is a solid rebounder, for a PG Tinsley is really good. Everyone can create offense besides Foster, but we don't need him for that.

                      But I know Cro seemingly can't play SF for whatever reasons, but damn that'd be nice.
                      *removed* Just keep politics and religion completely out of it, please.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                        Originally posted by Jay@Section204
                        I've still got a hard time believing Jeff is going to be the same player.

                        Two surgeries on the same hip...
                        I thought it was different hips?
                        This space for rent.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                          It was follow-up surgery on the same hip.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                            I would now like to thank:
                            Jay
                            Anthem
                            and Hicks

                            for getting this song stuck in my head-

                            Hip hip
                            Hip hip
                            Hip hip
                            Hip hip

                            When you’re on a holiday
                            You can’t find the words to say
                            All the things that come to you
                            And I wanna feel it too

                            On an island in the sun
                            We’ll be playing and having fun
                            And it makes me feel so fine
                            I can’t control my brain

                            Hip hip
                            Hip hip

                            When you’re on a golden sea
                            You don’t need no memory
                            Just a place to call your own
                            As we drift into the zone

                            On an island in the sun
                            We’ll be playing and having fun
                            And it makes me feel so fine
                            I can’t control my brain

                            We’ll run away together
                            We’ll spend some time forever
                            We’ll never feel bad anymore

                            Hip hip
                            Hip hip
                            Hip hip

                            On an island in the sun
                            We’ll be playing and having fun
                            And it makes me feel so fine
                            I can’t control my brain

                            We’ll run away together
                            We’ll spend some time forever
                            We’ll never feel bad anymore

                            Hip hip

                            We’ll never feel bad anymore
                            No no
                            We’ll never feel bad anymore
                            No no
                            No no
                            No no
                            -
                            Weezer, Islands in the Sun

                            -Bball
                            Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

                            ------

                            "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."

                            -John Wooden

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                            • #15
                              Re: Croshere should continue to start even when Foster is healthy

                              I don't know how to juggle the rotation....but I really liked it when Croshere and Sarunas were on the floor ( during the Cavs game )....maybe alongside Tinsley ( or SJax ), Artest and JONeal where they were left wide open in the perimeter.....they were fed the ball and they drained the open 3pt shot.

                              If Sarunas and Croshere are left as the 4th or 5th scoring option where they are fed the ball and they drain the open 3pt or jumpshot.......then whatever rotation or players that Croshere or Sarunas are paired up with ( Foster or not ), I would be happy.
                              Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

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