I hated the shot selection, but I'm fine (if we're winning) with PG jacking up shots and saving some wear and tear on his body for the playoffs.
As long as he flips the switch like he did last postseason, I'm fine.
Great win. The bench really helped us today. DG had the big first half. Scola only had 6 points, but he was hustling hard out there and came up with 9 boards. This guy tries his hardest for every rebound. I love his energy. Mahinmi really played with energy too.
As others have mentioned, PG obviously shot way too many threes, some of them being really ugly misses that bricked off the side of the rim. There was one time where he had Zeller on him. He should have easily blown by him and taken it the hole and either scored or drew a foul, but instead he jacks up some ugly three that clanks off of the rim. That's my biggest criticism of his game. He's had a beautiful improved and effective jumper this season, but there are still plenty of instances where he jacks up a three instead of taking it to the rack.
Glad we saw Roy Olajuwon, though Varejo was superior on the boards. I'd love Varejo on the Pacers.
2013 will go down as a year that Pacer fans will never forget. There was the memorable playoff run in the spring and then the crazy 25-5 start to this season. This franchise has been completely reborn over the last 12 months and has completely regained its stature in the local community. It's a great time to be a Pacers fan.
Let's hope that 2014 is even more memorable.......
Happy New Year.
always considered Jarrett jack a bigger sized point guard. very stout and strong. seeing him play today vs G Hill.. I realized just how big G Hill is as our point guard.
the guy has a lot of size and defends very well. dude is so underappreciated on here. basically a shooting guard size defending point gaurds... I love the size this team has at all 5 positions.
Good win. Amazing season.
Happy New Year!
Kyrie is still not right, MRI tomorrow:
"When I went back it still didn't feel right," Irving said. "I thought the worst happened. I felt something pop in my knee. I was falling down around all over the place. It was a painful experience. I was praying to God everything was OK. I just have to hope for the best. We'll see what's going on."
5-0 with Danny Granger :D
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Indiana Pacers fans chanted, "Where is Bynum?" The Cleveland Cavaliers' bench cracked up.
I honestly don't care if Lance "steals" rebounds, unless its making West and Hibbert angry. Which sometimes it does. Lance will come flying in from no where and grab a board that they would have had easily.
I don't think it matters much. Lance is just am aggressive player. He grabs the board and runs. Which is good.
The only problem with Lance stealing boards is that we occasionally have two guys going for the rebound and neither end up with it. That happened a couple of times today. Not great when we are getting out-rebounded so badly. Not an amazing game from the wing tandem on either end trying to contain the PnR. Some great ball denial from Hill, who showed out though. He didn't actually touch Kyrie on the drive that he hurt the knee on; Rose-esque on that one...
Ian Report: He was more active on the offensive end in terms of production. He loses points for missing that layup and half of his free throws. He missed a couple of defensive assignments on the Cavs insane pick and roll execution. (Seriously, the way Waiters/Jack/Kyrie were playing the two man game with Varejao combined with Sideshow actually hitting the jumper is close to unstoppable. Dion was giving Paul fits unlike many have this season with his reads on the PnR. Fortunately it was only for a few minutes.) However, he made up for it with that amazing recovery block on Zeller; I was sure the best case for that play was a foul. Roy's block on Clark was stupid, but Mahinmi had the block of the night. He gets a 'B'.
Box score won't reflect it, but that was one of the best games I've seen George Hill play at least this year, but maybe in his Pacers career. If he plays like that, Pacers will win more often than not.
Best defense I have seen from George Hill all season. I thought that was the biggest factor in the game. Hill's defense was outstanding
Yep, great defense, especially ball denial.
I thought Danny's cuts and motions early in the game looked really, really good. I have no questions about his knees now.
My biggest gripe remains our end of quarter plays. I'm totally sick and tired of watch Paul George dribble the remaining time off of the clock working for his three point shot. It's not like the opponent does not know exactly what is going to happen.
We waste so many possessions in this manner. From what we have seen so far, the ball should always be in Lance's hands to allow him to create for a teammate for a final possession of a quarter. As far as I'm concerned, doing anything different is either stubbornness on Vogel's part, arrogance on Paul George's part, or a combination of both.
I don't know whether this habit has bit us in the butt yet in the win-loss column, but it would be great if we get it corrected soon.
Welcome back, Danny!
Now, let's get fit, get your sea legs under you and kick arse / take names.