I saw Hicks on Twitter, talking about Lance's full-court pass. Anybody got video of it?
Roy needs to try and dunk when he gets close to the rim. Some of the stuff he puts up in there is so soft. He also is catching the ball way too far out. If he can't get deep post position we shouldn't throw him the ball. Or if he gets pushed out, pass the ball out and repost. The guy throwing the entry pass cutting past him every single time is so predictable and almost never gives us a good look.
West had one of those games when nothing was going down, it happens.
Tyler is giving us some good energy and isn't trying to do things he can't do nearly as much.
Wow, Tyler's steal + jam was sick.
Gerald Green 15 points and 8 rebounds finally looked comfortable.
Last night was a good opportunity to try a Hibbert-Mahinmi froncourt. West looked tired and had a cold hand and with Mahinmi and Hibbert me might have gotten some defensive stops.
Glad to see Green finally have a good game. Hope that's the start of something.
Still not sure what the ultimate impact will be, because for every good shooting night and/or night where he goes uncovered for a good dunk or two, there's the questionable defense, handles, decision making. In other words, he can have decent stats, but in crucial situations, he's a turnover or mistake waiting to happen. But, hoping for some incremental progress in the Bball intangibles stuff.
Glad for a win. Liked Tyler's intensity and PG's shooting. Overall, though, not a confidence - inspiring performance. But, it was progress of sorts. So that's better than the previous several.
I was worried Vogel would make the same mistake and keep Green in at the end of the game. He just is too unreliable for that. Vogel left him in a little longer than usual because he was playing so well, so I can understand that. But he finally brought Lance back with 3 minutes left, and the ball was in safe hands and nobody was looking at cheerleaders on key defensive plays.
Green's typically a fine on ball defender (especially on smaller guys). Off ball he's going to have his issues, mainly because he gets caught watching the ball far too often. I'd be the first person to tell you that he shouldn't be in for the last defensive possession.
Offensively he'll be fine as long as he isn't expected to create too much off the dribble. Run him off screens, post him up (would really like to see a few post ups called for him every game...), and spot him up from three and you'll end up with some efficient scoring once his jumpshot gets going again. Ask him to do too much and you're going to get a couple dumb turnovers.
I couldn't watch the game, how did everyone play? who looked good and who looked bad, was D.J. Augustin bad again?
Bad: Roy, Augustin, David
Neutral: George Hill
DJ looked bad again. Hit a nice 3, missed another wide open one. Isn't moving the ball particularly well.
Tyler was aggressive, provided a much needed spark and forced the issue, racking up 11ish FTA's. Which, coincidentally, is 2 fewer than Roy has attempted ALL SEASON.
David couldn't buy a bucket. Got decent looks, just couldn't get them to drop.
George Hill was ok, wasn't looking to score early but ran the offense well. Did have a really sweet run of 6/7 straight points. Wasn't anything special, but certainly didn't hurt the team.
Gerald was a nice surprise, starting to look more comfortable on the offensive end. Really shoots a nice jumper coming off screens. Hit a clutch bucket late in the game.
Two of the Pacers' recent second-round picks, A.J. Price and Lance Stephenson, started in this game (due to injuries to starters). I don't know what to make of that. Good drafting by the front office, I guess?
It would be nicer if Green and Paul had some of the same plays ran for them, involving off-ball double screens, and a decent backdoor cut. The Wizards were running double screens for Beal to get Lance off his back (which is saying a lot). Paul and Green don't do well with Granger's plays ran for them, because the plays are better for Granger's style of dribble-driving from the perimeter. Paul and Green can do that, but not as patented, and would be better going off screens, making backdoor cuts, and posting up. I'm not saying they can't perform at the perimeter like Granger; just that Granger's offensive skills revolve around that style, and Paul's/Green's offensive skills don't.