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Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

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  • #16
    Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

    Sorry if this was already posted, but it just made me feel good and warm inside,
    I think only now the Pacers are getting respect as a quality team for the first time since the JO-Artest years.

    "They're good, really good. And playing shorthanded made it tough. We had a tough time adjusting our rotation tonight. Playing shorthanded was a factor. Guys are not used to playing with each other. We fought hard but you've got to give the Pacers credit. They played really well defensively against Miami and us. They are for real."
    -- Chandler

    http://www.nba.com/games/20130110/NYKIND/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpgt[0021200527]

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    • #17
      Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

      Let's not get too enamored with Pendergraph just because he made a few shots. He may have played well offensively, but he gave up at least 5 offensive rebounds to the Knicks when he was in due to his complete inability to box out. Hopefully Frank points it out to him when they go over film because it really is just inexcusable for a player of his size to not even attempt to body up his man after a shot attempt.

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      • #18
        Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

        Paul George is The One. That is all.
        "Nobody wants to play against Tyler Hansbrough NO BODY!" ~ Frank Vogel

        "And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen. "

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        • #19
          Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

          I want to know why the refs were letting the Knicks get by with mugging our players on some plays. Even Reggie said something at one point when Marv Albert mentioned that Paul George had been fouled on that fast break lay-up by JR Smith, Reggie retorted by saying "I think you mean he got mugged"

          "I've got an idea--an idea so smart that my head would explode if I even began to know what I'm talking about." - Peter Griffin

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          • #20
            Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

            Originally posted by Peck View Post

            Also I will give Knicks fans one small credit. Yea I would probably be pissed off as well if I were them and Haywood Workman was assigned to work a game in which the giant intro screen shot clearly has video of him bowing to Reggie in his Pacers uniform vs. the Knicks. I think its great myself but I could see where that might upset them.
            I think Knicks fans wouldn't be too upset if they saw how Woody typically refs against us (yes I said against us).

            One point on Knicks fans... way back when I moved up to Canada in '99 (moved during the series against the Sixers), I quickly tried to find a bar that was playing one of the Pacers/Knicks game, as I couldn't get it on my cable pacakge (honestly). Most places were showing Minor Hockey Playoffs, but found one tv that they were showing the game, forget which one it was. It was me and a guy from NYC watching, and it was actually a great time, good basketball discussion... I don't ever begrudge those guys.

            I'm happy to say, and MillerTime would agree, the cable packages have come a long way... I can watch almost all Pacers (including last night), often getting the FSI feed, all Colts, most IU BBall, and hell, even some IU football games.
            "I mean, you'd walk into our dressing room and run into Mel Daniels holding a .45 -- it makes you wonder."

            Bob Netolicky

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            • #21
              Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

              Odd thoughts: Roy looks fat.

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              • #22
                Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                This was a game that probably only Uncle Buck & I would like. This was an old school grind it out war in the paint where offense was hard to come by and the team that fought the hardest was going to win. And fight our Pacers did, they fought on the perimeter and they fought on the interior often times against much larger and certainly more experienced opponents.
                I did love this game. Felt like a playoff game to me. I thought the Knicks defense was really good too. When they had Camby and Chandler both in there I wondered if the Pacers were ever going to be able to score in the paint. Camby getting hurt really helped. I give Mike Woodson a lot of credit though he has them playing defense. I posted this in the post game thread, but Chandler is perhaps the best defensive player in the NBA - he does it all and is a huge factor defensively. He is the rare big guy who is great one-on-one and in help defense.

                I was so happy that the TNT guys at halftime didn't suggest that it was horrible offense. In fact Kenny did his big screen analysis on the Pacers great defense. Rightly so they raved about the defense.

                I'm really excited about this Pacers team.
                Last edited by Unclebuck; 01-11-2013, 09:58 AM.

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                • #23
                  Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                  I loved the Ian signing too, but just hated the fact that the Pacers gave away DC in order to sign a FA. Great pickup, but he just needs to be more consistent and work on those hands. He wasn't butter fingers last night though!

                  My hope for Green turning into a decent player are dwindling. Dude has one of the lowest BBIQ. DJ is not my cup of tea. Doesn't seem to do anything. I truly hope the Pacers look to trade for a backup pg/pf. The only thing Hans does well is get under people's skin and get to the FT line. Can't shoot and gets blocked a lot inside.
                  First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                    If Roy needs to sit out some games, I would love to see what Plums can do.
                    First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                      Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                      I'm not sure how you can say that when the face of the Pacers for a long time was one of the best 3 point shooters ever.
                      Because Reggie did lots of things that Novak can only dream of?


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                      • #26
                        Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                        Originally posted by Peck View Post
                        Are you really comparing HOF/Gold Medal winner/All-Star Reggie Miller to Steve Novak?

                        Hold on for a min. I know you are just pulling our legs here. That's right you hated Troy Murphy as much as I did, you hated Jim O'Brien as much as I did. You detested the stretch four as much as I did.

                        Good one, you had me going there for a min. because I almost forgot you complained about Satan and his court as much if not more than I did.
                        Nope I'm not comparing Novak to Reggie, all I'm saying is that I think is hypocrite to critize the guy for been a 3 point specialist when the face of the Pacers franchise for a long time was "a 3 point specialist", I mean "2nd best 3 point shooter all of time" sounds familiar?

                        And yes I hated the Clown and his Troy Murphy love because that is the only thing he wanted to do big difference, every team in the NBA needs a guy like Novak, SA always had somebody similar, Miami had two guys like that last year, Dallas had a guy like that, every contender or championship team needs a 3 point specialist, so I'm sorry but I don't get the hate.
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                        • #27
                          Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                          Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
                          I agree that we need a 3pt specialist but let's not start comparing Green with Novak now.

                          Novak is a 6'10 guy that averages 1.3 RPG in his career. He is also only averaging 0.3 APG, 0.2 SPG and 0.1 BPG. He literally cannot do anything else than hitting 3s. But he's good at hitting 3s. He has a 43.8 3p% for his career and that's great. But he cannot create his own shot. He needs a good shot creator in order to be able to make his 3s.

                          Green is a significantly worse 3pt shooter (35.7% for his career) but he's better at everything else. He is averaging 4.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.9 SPG and 0.6 BPG.

                          Those numbers also do not tell how bad of a defender Steve Novak is.

                          I like Novak as a player and I certainly agree that we need a 3pt shooter but I prefer Gerald Green over him.

                          We certainly need a 3pt specialist but he has to be able to do more than hit open 3s.

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                          • #28
                            Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                            Originally posted by rexnom View Post
                            West has looked rough late. When do we start worrying about this?
                            On the next contract.
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                            • #29
                              Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                              I think the biggest problem with Novak isn't his game, it's the fact that he is playing nearly 25MPG.


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                              • #30
                                Re: Odd thoughts: Slaying the Knicks in honor of Reggie Miller

                                Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                                Nope I'm not comparing Novak to Reggie, all I'm saying is that I think is hypocrite to critize the guy for been a 3 point specialist when the face of the Pacers franchise for a long time was "a 3 point specialist", I mean "2nd best 3 point shooter all of time" sounds familiar?

                                And yes I hated the Clown and his Troy Murphy love because that is the only thing he wanted to do big difference, every team in the NBA needs a guy like Novak, SA always had somebody similar, Miami had two guys like that last year, Dallas had a guy like that, every contender or championship team needs a 3 point specialist, so I'm sorry but I don't get the hate.
                                Well first, it's not hypocritical to criticize Novak while appreciating Reggie. To elaborate on what TJ already said, 3 PT line or not, Reggie was going to be a player. But I challenge the idea that every team needs a 3 point specialist, in that this would be the only skill of said player. Wouldn't it be better to have a team with a few shooters that can do more than hit the deep ball? And who are these guys? All I can think of is Korver and Novak. Ray Allen can drive. Bowen could play great D obviously. I'm not saying you're wrong, but I would like to see the 3 point specialists on these championship teams you refer to.

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