Just home from the game.
Pacers played their best basketball of the young season BY FAR for the first 3+ qtrs.
Watching Roy work 1 on 1 and then hoist a 10' hook shot makes me ill. He misses, claps his hands and runs to the other end. 5 for 18! My God at one point he missed a point blank put back and two 3 footers. Made several really good passes though.
The bench played the best they have ever played by a mile. Still don't know why we have Sam Young. Don't see what he adds at all.
How many dumb fouls, technicals did we have? Push offs, fouls away from the ball. Two stupid technical fouls.
It was sad to watch a 17 pt lead evaporate in just a few minutes. Last four minutes you could just tell it wasn't going to work out. They were finding open shooters. We had no one who really wanted to score. Plus, West missed two easy ones and then bricked two FT's. Lots of good things but a bad loss preceding a west coast trip.
By the way does anybody think Blair is better than Tyler at this point? Tyler is also the better defender.
Anyone know when we going to get some COMPETENT refs?
Boyle said before the game that one of the refs was a trainee :unimpress. I think it might have been the guy that gave Lance the tech.
One thing to positively take away from this is that the second unit actually looked like the group we traded and paid for. I was watching the re-run on FSN when I got home and DJ said it was the first time he felt really comfortable with that group. Hopefully a sign of things to come.
Obviously the missed shots late really hurt but they did score 97 points. Of course when the other team scores more than 97 points its not good but coming into tonight they were averaging 91 points allowed and had only two games where they allowed over 100 (first game vs SA and NO on Wednesday). I remember when Butler made their first run to the Final Four the line was 60 points, the only team they let score 60+ was Duke, who scored 61 and won the title. 90 seems to be that line for the Pacers against any team. Hold them to 90 or less and we should get a win.
Young coming in for Lance when up 17 in the 3rd reeked of putting the cue in the rack. Vogel got conservative and wanted to consolidate. An appalling miscalculation. The short leash and restricted minutes for Lance are eerily similar to the Michael Curry days. His play has been sound, he has not been forcing it, has applied himself defensively, and has the upside in his game to help this team THIS YEAR. He also posses an almost unique skill-set for this team as someone who can create for both himself and team mates off the dribble. Should he be installed as the go-to man on offense, no. But surely he has played well enough consistently enough to deserve 30+ mins and some license to create when the offense stagnates. Every time Sam Young spots up or receives a dribble hand-off and is asked to create I wonder what part of my basketball education I missed not to appreciate the ensuing clang off the rim, travel, or pass out of bounds. I actually appreciate what Young brings on the defensive end but contend that Lance's net impact (offense+defense) is greater and when considered in the context of the broader team dynamic; a team holding its own defensively whilst laboring offensively - his strengths are faaaaar preferable to young's at this time.
Oh, I was wrong about him giving Lance the tech. It was the younger looking guy (#30) that's been in the league for a while, John Goble. He called the holding call on Lance in the 4th too which after watching the replay could have easily been called an offensive foul. The way Neal acted he had to call something, but he got that one wrong too. I guess even experienced refs have bad games. The tech wasn't all his fault, though. Ginobili was such a ***** with that flop. He probably got away with 5 travels tonight too.
Sam Young has been okay lately, but Vogel's been pulling Lance WAY too often for him. Frank really loves him some hustle players with little basketball skills.
Offense much improved and they showed some beautiful flow at times.The 4th quarter was a disaster though and Hibbert once again disappointed there.Hate to say "told you so" but i did.
Hate watching Sam Young take those threes (there's a reason he's always wide open) but it's nice knowing he's not gonna miss a defensive rotation or get lost on defense with the frequency of Lance or Green. It's up to Vogel to balance out how much to play the right guys in the right situations to maximize their abilities and avoid allowing the other team to exploit their weaknesses.
Not much mention of our D. Our offense lives off our defense. We defended well all game, and our offense followed suit. We didn't defend in the 4th and our offense followed suit.
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