I'm sorry, but I love the guy. More about him later, let me get to the game tonight.
I must admit after the first quarter I was ready to throw in the towel. Reggie was getting abused by Tay, I was ready to suggest that Reggie just can't play against the Pistons, bench him, bring in Eddie Gill, someone, anyone.
It looked hopeless, the Pistons looked dominant and the series looked over, I was thinking about next season.
But then a strange thing happened
The comeback started with Tinsley taking the ball to the basket, creating offense for teammates and generally causing the Pistons to adjust their entire defense. I said before and after game #1, the only way to beat the Pistons defense is with a quick penetrating point guard, and to run pick and rolls almost every play. I am dead serious the Pacers should start every offensive play woth a pick and roll. Tinsley needs to play about 45 minutes a game in this series, I'll say that right now. He more than anyone else on the Pacers can hurt the Pistons defense.
The thing that impressed me about J.O tonight was his shot blocking, he had several huge blocks that prevented fastbreak layups, and as much as anything turned the game around. He stood up to the Wallace' tonight.
Of course Reggie hit a few huge threes, and also was just a lot more aggressive, Jax was pretty good also.
Before I get to Jeff and Rick, one comment about Dale. Many of you will jump on the Foster bandwagon and suggest he should start. Let me just say Dale came out in the 4th quarter and put together 5 minutes of great play. He allowed J.O and Jeff both to get a little rest, and Dale played as well during that stretch as he has all season. He can still bring it for short stretches.
Let me move along to Rick Carlisle. I will be very interested to read what you think of the adjustments Rick made. Pacers did not quite play like the Suns tonight, but he did allow the Pacers to run, or as Rick said in his post game comments, they were much more free flowing. I wonder what % of the offensive plays when Tinsley was in the game started with a pick and roll, I would guess 80%, I say move that up to about 95%. Pick and roll the Pistons to death. Keep Tinsley in the middle of the floor and lets use our quickness at the big position to cause the Pistons problems.
Jeff Foster, wow, he looks as healthy as he's been all season. Maybe this will show that he can be effective against the Pistons. I'm just very happy for Jeff, in fact Jeff had a Ben Wallace type game tonight. One of the biggest reasons why the Pistons are so good is because they have quick, athletic big guys. I've been beating this drum for a few seasons now, but I don't think many people realize how important that is. Quick big guys allow a coach to do many good things on defense, so unless you have Shaq, give me quick athletic big guys, please.
Please, Jeff stay healthy and continue doing what you have done the past 3 games. There are times when it appears Jeff knows where the ball is going at all times. One final thing, sure jeff is a hustle type player, but don't sell his talents short. His nose for the ball is a talent that might not be matched by anyone in the NBA, also Jeff has extremely quick feet and hands.
I love Jeff.