@ChrisBHaynes: Nicolas Batum says he injured his lower back going for a rebound in the 1st Q. He landed on his heel wrong and it shot up to his back.
I love Croshere. He has so much to say after plays being finished.
The biggest thing I've noticed about Paul George this season has been his confidence. Regardless of whether he IS a markedly better ball-handler this year, he FEELS like he is, and I think a lot of his increased aggressiveness is the product that belief. More broadly, this entire team is really starting to play with a lot of confidence - something which obviously bodes well.
Here is our schedule for the rest of the month:
CLE (below .500)
@DET (below .500)
@MIL (below .500)
@CLE (below .500)
@NOH (below .500)
CHI (below .500)
PHO (below .500)
A lot of very winnable games in this upcoming stretch. 7 games with teams under .500. Of the 6 games versus teams above .500, only 2 are on the road. For a team rapidly gaining confidence, this is a crucial stretch in our season. If we can rattle off 9 or 10 wins I'd be thrilled.
props to Gerald Green. Real nice game by him. Good defensive rotations and focus. Caused one 24-second violation all by himself. :thumbup:
Sir Allen Connor is the BEST NBA referee name. EVER.
Paul George is playing good at a position many thought he wasn't able to play at, by the way his value has never been this high.
Has anyone notice how much better we pass? It's so simple, but the pumpkin is actually hittin numbers half the time.
Can anybody explain how that works? Hibbert 14mil, Hill 8mil, West 12mil?, Ian 4mil, Green 3 mil and Danny 14, can the Pacers pay Paul George anything close to what Batum is making?
A total of 57mil for all those players mentioned without Paul George.
Usually, when I see Lance play.....he waits along the perimeter for the ball....if he gets it...he will either shoot the 3pt shot ( if he's open ) or scan the perimeter to pass it along to someone else.
However.....when Lance actually drives to the hoop...he is able to create for others.
There were 2 plays with Lance where he drove to the hoop...drew the attention of the defense...and he kicked the ball out at the last second to GH ( in one play ) and to Hibbert ( in another ). Both plays......GH and Hibbert weren't able to hit the shot....IMHO because they weren't ready for the shot.
I will do the same thing that is always said in the Post-Game Thread......Free Lance.....he's good at driving to and attacking the basket while creating shots for others. They just need to be ready for the ball...cuz there is a good chance of Lance passing it to you.
But I think that the only way that we keep a Starting lineup of GH/PG/Granger/Hibbert/West next season is if that lineup gives us a very deep 2nd round Playoff run or even an ECF appearance.
Anyway the Pacers don't have the money to pay Paul George, pay him as an all star and keep everybody else.
Just want to give huge props to Paul George. Really proud of the way he has played of the last 2 games and the most exciting part about it is he seems to be figuring "IT" out. A lot of people were hoping his 9 3 point shot game was possibly his coming out party game, and while that was fun to watch I was a little less enthused about the idea that that game was the type of performance that could get PG to the next level as a player. Simply because the way he scored all his points that game were from unconscious 3 point shooting (9 of 13) which is basically unrepeatable when you consider how great Reggie was from down town and his career high was 8 it is probably a fairly safe assumption that PG will never hit 9 again in his career. However, these last 2 games have shown a side of PGs game that can be repeated on a more consistent basis, he showed some post up game, he has shown his mid-range game last couple games (which before these 2 games was woefully missing), and he has shown a lot more aggression driving to the basket. I really hope he keeps feeding off these 2 great performances and starts showing the consistency all us Pacers fans have been yearning to see for a while now.