1. Vogel should have had Hibbert and West alternate guarding Aldridge. Aldridge was just shooting over West on those turnarounds all night and for West to play offense and defend him on most possessions was just too physically taxing.
2. Batum picked up his 5th foul midway through the 4th I believe (something like that). PG should've foulded him out.
now that i've calmed down a bit and I don't want to burn down those referees houses any longer, I can actually appreciate that game and hope we can rebound by knocking off the spurs, thunder, and heat. also that paul george guy is pretty good
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Next time I play <a href="https://twitter.com/aldridge_12">@aldridge_12</a> I'm wearing a cup. Good game bro. We gonna battle again in indy. <a href="http://t.co/xwKg4bojhx">pic.twitter.com/xwKg4bojhx</a></p>— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Hoya2aPacer/statuses/407755703864942592">December 3, 2013</a></blockquote>
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As much as Paul George was getting hit tonight, everybody in the Blazers starting lineup shot as many/more free throws than Paul.
The Pacers are going to have to learn how to play against teams that use 2 PG's in the backcourt, the Clippers and Blazers both had pretty good success that way.
Don't get me wrong, he gives the Pacers an element we have NEVER had. An uptempo, push the ball, let it all hang out playmaker. But he also brings to the table what we have had more than our share of, head cases who nearly killed this franchise.
I do not trust this guy. And it has nothing to do with his play. It's just got some of the same smell of how we handled Artest (although thankfully on a small scale). When the "Legend's" handpicked guy, Carlisle, was getting his nosed rubbed in it by Artest, Bird was referring to him as "Ronnie". Too much work has been done by to many people to go backwards.
Championship teams don't have immaturity on them. When you get to the Finals, there is just no margin for error and no place for tantrums.
I pray he proves me wrong...
Such a fantastic game!!! Best game of the season for me. Sucks they lost, but it's hard to win on the road. Especially against a team as good as Portland. They're good. I absolutely love their starting five.
So the two Hibbert fouls: Look, could have gone either way, but Roy CLEARLY fouled LMA. He did. Now, did LMA foul Roy first with the knee?? Maybe. Not really worth arguing over- but you can't just say the officials were coming out of left field. Roy hit LMA on the arms twice, hard. Tough calls either.
I think the point is moot, because both times, Roy was a little late coming over as LMA was absolutely murdering West. I don't blame West tho. LMA is right up there with the brow and Love as one of the best PF's in the league. He was just killer late. I think they should have switched Roy on LMA earlier. I think he could have done a better job. Either way, just a tough matchup for the Pacers.
Hill has had rough shooting all season. I mean, hes had a few games where he's hit some three's, but they've all been wide open looks. I don't think he's really feeling it yet. Sucks, because other than a couple games, I don't think he's played all that well yet. His game will come tho.
Not mad at Lance. He had a tough game, but this is exactly what happens on the road. One of your guys has a tough matchup, and just doesn't play that well. Wesley Mathews is a solid shooting guard, and is simply better than Lance. No way around it. I think he gave him hell, and we'll probably see Lance bounce right back.
Finally, Paul George. What a stud. What a game. He just killed it, kept letting it fly, just like Reggie would. Just an unbelievable performance. Paul George is great, and I mean in the most literal sense of the word. Pacers couldn't win because Portland was simply hot, and they couldn't get stops. What are you going to do? **** happens. Hopefully the Pacers bounce right back.
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But realistically, MoWill and Lillard did their damage with their midrange jumpshot.
was there up close and personal.. fact is blazers just didnt miss in that 4th quarter everything just went down, sometimes thats how it goes. we missed a lot of little close shots at the rim, oh well portland is tough at home, and as much as we want to win every game it just doesnt happen, move on to the next one!
I still think PG can improve his game so much more.
His passing, his low post offense, and his finishing around the rim can definitely improve.
I hope he can keep on shooting at a high percentage the rest of his career.
Lance was simply off tonight. On one hand, he needs to "slow his roll" and focus on high quality, low risk contributions. OTOH, he needs to not be so passive on the court when things aren't going his way. I re-watched a fair bit of the game, and there's a lot of possessions where he's just standing on the court watching the action flat footed.
He needs a reload from Billy Keller to get his shooting touch back, because he's lost his confidence there.
His emotions are getting the best of him, and well... he needs to shed some of the immature. But he'll pull through this phase in his career in the same way that Roy and Paul pulled through.
This loss will humble the team, great performance by the team. Really proud of our guys. I trust Frank and Co to learn from this game.. Really saddened by Lance, You could tell that it was eating him inside, he really wanted to help the team.
My only negatives, was the lack of our identity. We didn't grind them out, would have loved to have seen some West and more Hibbo down low. We played at their pace and it wore our big guys down. West looked like he had just finished boxing Ali for 22 rounds, dude was huffing and puffing. But this happened because PG entered the Kobe zone, dude went HAM and lost all consciousness. Can't blame PG , he had one of those special night. We'll be ready and also the Bench has to step it up a little bit more, Ian wasn't Ian tonight.
All in all, onto Utah..