Folks in the game thread were having coronaries, but I thought this was a really fun game to watch.
I think DG gets way too much flak. He had a couple ill-advised shots tonight (one of which was almost certainly a play called by Vogel) but for the most part his shot selection was quite good. He ended at 8-19, or 42%. Not bad for a guy in a slump.
I'm also liking George Hill more than the rest of the board, although I see him as almost exclusively a 2. I thought we played well with Hill and Collison on the floor together. I'm ready for Paul George to get all of Inferno's SF minutes, Hill to get all of the SG minutes that move opens up, and Lance to get the new backup PG minutes.
Not much to say about David West that's not immediately apparent. Exactly what this team needed, IMO. Forget the obvious basketball talent, I'm just happy to have another sane, solid, talented veteran. Imagine how much better this Pacer team would have been over the past several years with a guy like West. He's a guy who's right at Danny's level. When Bird said we needed two more guys at Danny's level, we start to see what he means.
Fun game for the undefeated Indiana Pacers.
I see so much Rudy Gay in Paul. Not a bad comparison, worst case scenario.
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I love this team so far only 2 games but like what has already been said. That was not a game that we win last year. I'm glad the team gets a day off to travel back home to prep for the cavs but man I'm enjoying this team so much a day seems like forever to wait to see us play again.
This way our team is playing and winning it really makes it special for those of us who suffered through the dark years of satan's reign as our coach.
Looks as though Roy has been looking at old Patrick Ewing film on how to get into the lane, and getting away with it. :D
Toronto reminds me of JOB's Pacers. Scrappy. Chucking three's. Tough when they play well.
I was also very happy with DC's PG play.
He had a good view and read his guys well and made some smart passes.
Plus he has really improved his defense.
An interesting stat of the early season (according to the Pacers' website): The Pacers are now 2-0 on the season despite failing to reach 40% shooting in either game (they shot 36.8% against DET, 39.5% against TOR). Prior to this season, they had lost 31 straight when they didn't reach the 40% threshold.
From what I saw, if Derozen doesn't go off on PG at the end there, the game is pretty much handled. As it was, we needed clutchness from Danny and Fluffy to pull it out. I disagree with the people who think the Raptors aren't bad. Maybe they get a little better with Casey at the helm. But other than Demar (who is really nice) and half-of-the-time Bargnani, they have very little punch on the offensive end and will continue to have one of the worst defenses in the league with Calderon initiating the defense and no interior defense to speak of. I'd be surprised if they aren't in the bottom five of the league. Doesn't matter though, let's just keep winning.
What a great game to watch! The Pacers offence is not quite their yet,but Granger and West showed a glimpse of what is yet to come.
I don't understand the idea that the game was ugly, it was a pretty physical game for the regular season. I love our physical style. Although I didnt think our defense was good enough in the 4th. 30 points given up way too much
isn't it funny that the NBA shows all of Raptor's highlights in nba.com, and yet they are the ones who lost?
This is a great game. Sloppy, but clutch plays by the Pacers.
There were some really bad turnovers that seemed to result in easy Toronto baskets, but I don't have the points off turnovers stat to back statement that up. Danny was handling the ball up like it was a greased watermelon in a pool. Big-time threes at the end though.