It's funny, watching the game I felt like Nelson, JJ and Afflalo absolutely killed it offensively--yet they only scored 14, 14, and 15 points. (with JJ not playing for much of the 4th)
Even though we played badly offensively, we still managed to shoot 44%, which most nights is a W for us all the way.
The game was just decided by the 3pt line where they made 12 on 57% shooting while we made 2 on 12%.
Bottom line--they were on FIRE from deep, and we couldn't throw it in the ocean..and that was the game.
I put the majority of this loss on Hibbert, he should dominate a team with little interior presence. The rest of the problem appeared to be fatigue and bad offense toppled with bad passing and shooting. Again, when the offense gets into a funk like this and a team as weak in the paint as Orlando, Hibbert has to step up and keep the offensive pressure going, but he doesn't have the physical ability to do so. Very sad to see him decline from last year when he gets paid so much.
Many of the passes that were intercepted were careless mental mistakes caused by extreme fatigue we wouldn't have typically made. Great Point though
I can't think of a team in the league that wouldn't be vulnerable to an offense shooting nearly 60% from 3 without being able to score at will themselves, and that certainly doesn't describe the Pacers offense.
I will say, though, this is a game where having Danny would have made a HUGE difference to the offense.
Hopefully when Danny's back we have him or Paul on the floor at all times so our offense should never be completely lame.
Pacers - please release him and get a vet WHO CAN BRING CONSISTENT OFFENSE!
He has a shooters mentality. I also get upset that he's not hitting 3's and wish he'd shoot more coming off screens and drives. Then like Quinn says shooters shoot. Thus Green shoots. His 3 are usually good shots, but he's going thru a stretch where he just can't hit the red side of a barn. It's frustrating to watch him miss 3 after 3.
OTOH, no one complained when he was shooting 3's proficiently. Hopefully, it will even out.
So, when does Frank start catching heat for his boring, anemic offense?
McDud isn't even better than the rookie Nicholson. It wasn't McDud who started in the place of the injured Bass.
Nicholson 15 MPG... 7.6 PPG... 52% FG... 79% FT... 3.2 Reb... @ 1.418 mil
McDud 17:30 MPG... 4.3 PPG... 42% FG... 83% FT... 3.6 Reb... @ 3.135 mil
Tyler 16:23 MPG... 6.5 PPG... 43% FG... 72% FT... 4.3 Reb... @ 3.055 mil
I can truly say I have never missed McDud being a Pacer, nor do I feel he's better than Hans. Then I won't cry if Tyler isn't here next year either. At these stats for both, it won't be hard to find a b/u PF.
Oh btw, it would be nice if the forementioned PF could at least get 1 reb for the Magic last nite. Isn't that what a PF is suppose to do?
I know this is a weak argument but it kind of goes along with Uncle Buck's number of games in limited nights thought.
To us this was just another game, a game that was one of many in a limited time frame.
However I have a sneaky suspicion that this game has been circled on Orlando's calender since we ousted them from the playoffs last season. In other words this was a statement game for them and to us it was just a game.
Like I said weak excuse but I think it is there nonetheless.
I'm not really worried about this loss other than the fact that it is a loss & we are really going up against some top notch teams here in the next few weeks so that w/l record may not look as snazzy as it does now in a few weeks.
BTW, I know I should be a bigger person about this but I just hate Glenn Davis & his childish antics. When he did that stupid dance after he got the ball to rim in I wanted West to elbow him in the back of the head when he was bent over. What a punk.
You can count on a couple to three games a year where the other team hits everything from outside and wins by default.
The shoe will be on our foot just as many times.
I love the great "D" the Pacers play, but I wish they had a better offensive game to go along with it. You have to score points to win if you don't it makes it hard to win. This team as of right now IMO can't win a 2 series in the playoffs. They don't have enough offense to do it against good playoff teams.
Hopefully, things will change when Granger starts playing. If he can't bring an offensive punch to this team, this team won't go far in the playoffs unless another player or 2, Hibbert, Stephenson, Green, or Augustin game picks up.
I'll say it now that this coming draft and off season is paramount to where this team will be going in the future. The Pacers next game is the halfway of the season, and some players need to pick up their game or find their game. A half season is plently long enough to get their act together. No excuse of not having a training camp or not enough games played to get things sorted out. It's time for some to grab a hold of their boot straps and pull themselves up for their sake but more importantly for the sake of the TEAM. You know the name on the front of the jersey you wear. IOW, do the job you are being paid to do with no excuses!
However, last night was different and I had the same type of feelings you did. West was right there next to him and for a split second I wanted West to knock him to the floor. But then I was glad he didn't. Wish the refs had called a T on Big baby though. Still wish West would have done soemthing to him while making it look accidental.
I hadn't even thought about the Magic having this game as a big game because of the playoffs, the Magic are so different now it slipped my mind.
Besides, Jameer, Redick, and Baby, none of Orlando's contributors last night were even on the Magic for the playoffs last year. I doubt the fact that we eliminated them last year played any role at all.