AJ should be commended for a very good game. Okafor handled Hibbert. Beal looked good. Very confident. I missed Javale McGee's antics though.
Trevor Ariza is like a weird spectre that floats around from bad team to bad team, semi-transparent, reminding us of what once was, but can never be again.
Glad for a win, but if you want a "calm down, it's gonna be alright" game, this is not even close to that. This is a win where a lot went wrong, but we just happened to be playing the worst team in the entire NBA (which is good, because we lost to the 2nd worst team in the entire NBA), so we barely survived.
As a Lance believer from day 1, I am enjoying how quickly people went from "cut him, he sucks because I don't like him," to "start him please!" He and PG need to get to the charity stripe, though.
the 97/98 team started 2-5. they finished 58-24 and made the Conference Finals.
I agree. It's great that the Pacers won, but that should happen anyway. The fact that the Pacers allowed the Wiz to stay in the game from the beginning just shows how poorly they are playing. The effort was so much better tonight, but still have a ways to go. The last couple of games have been baby steps in the right direction.
Hibbs continues to struggle, but those shots inside will start to fall. West just had an off day, but he's been one of our best players so far.
And I hope people appreciate that Gerald Green is not mentally soft, unlike Big Money. He was the goat last game, but he came out and played well and made sure he contributed more than just shooting. He may not be the best defender and he certainly effed up last night, but he tries all the time. And that's all I ask of PG (won't ask it of Hibbert...I'm just glad he remembered how to rebound).
West, Hill and Hibbert combined for 10-40 and Tyler shot 33% from the FT line and we still won. A lot of things went wrong but you have to be happy for the win even if it is against the winless (as of yet) Wizards missing their two best players.
Dude, the Pacers lost to the Wolves who are missing 4 of their best players. 4! Pacers are only missing Granger.
Wizards are freaking terrible and the Pacers allowed them to stay in it. A good team would have beaten the Pacers tonight. Blown out by the Spurs, a playoff team just shows how bad the Pacers are.
I'm still encouraged by the Pacers play today! Last two games have been their best so far this year. Still not enough to beat good teams though.
So I'm not trying to be a downer, but I think it's pretty silly to think this was a statement win or something. I said at the start that this (Wiz) is the worst team I can remember since the Brawl year. And we won tonight against such a team...by 4 points.
A win is a win, but in this case not an inspirational one.
Oh, one more plus. The turnovers have been down the last few games. We're still not getting assists, though (that's more of a play calling issue).
I'm pointing out that the Pacers are NOT playing well, but they are headed in the right direction. What about that don't you understand. The Wolves have a hollow 4-1 record. The only notable win they have is against the Nets. And the Bulls are up by 5 right now and should win. And I'm not sure how that's being whinny. I'm not going, "waaah, my pacers sucks, boo hoo." That's whiny.
I didn't see the rest of the game, but why the hell was Murphy playing in overtime? :confused: Don't listen to him, Rick!
Pacers PR department sure showed that scoreboard a lot during the broadcast.... glad they got a win... a loss tonight would have been catastrophic...
I think the horrible play as of late probably had a lot to do with attendance... had a lot of people second guessing whether spending the money for a ticket was worth it.
A win is a win but barely beating one of the worst teams in the NBA without their two best players is not going to do it, if Tyler doesn't go into "Tyler mode" they lose this game.
Only positives are Paul George, Lance and Tyler, by the way how come the wizards don't play stupid basketball anymore? weird....
LOL, just realized that Frank shortened the rotation to 9 guys. He's using a 3 wing rotation. Actually he's using 4 1/2 guys to play the 3 little slots. If DJ played any less, he's never take off his warmups. I hope Hill is getting lots of sleep, because he's evidently gonna play plenty of minutes.
You know things are going bad when I'm thinking to myself "Hey, we're playing pretty well out there!" while we're down to the Wizards. I do think we looked a lot better, Gerald and Ian looked more like they did in preseason.
On a personal note, I want to see more of a Tyler, Ian, Lance and Gerald pairing. Not because they play good basketball, but rather they are fun to watch on defense. They are all frenetic, herky-jerky athletes. Watching them playing at the same time has a certain comedic value all its own. Too bad AJ isn't still a Pacer, he would make the group complete.