I have not read anyone elses posts yet, but I can imagine the refs are a big topic of conversation. I refuse to talk about the refs, they did not decide the game, they did not even negatively influence the game. The Pistons played a very good game, dominated and deserved the win.
Two worries prior to the game today: Billups posting Tinsley, and Sheed being aggressive. Well both of those two things happened.
Let me start with Sheed. Yes he is very unselfish, yes he is a great team player, and yes he only wants to win. But if I were a Pistons fan he would frustrate me a little. He is so talented. In fact I think he is more talented than J.O. He can shoot threes, he can post up, he can shoot the midrange shot, he is a good passer, he is a decent ball handler. Defensively, he is very underrated, well I'll say it right now, he is as good a defender overall as Ben Wallace and he is a much better one-on-one low post defender. And his help defense is almost as good as Ben's.
Sheed defended J.O extremely well and if you notice the first play Ben defended J.O he was able to back him into the lane and score rather easily. Anytime Sheed is aggressive I get very concerned as a Pacer fan.
Billups: He was able to post up Tinsley with ease, was able to get right under the basket, and really controlled the whole game.
What I want to get to though is this, We can talk about every aspect of a basketball game, but sometimes it does just come down to making shots.
The Pistons made a defensive adjustment for game #4. They decided to pack it in more, cut off all pentration, trap Tinsley more often, crowd the lane and force the Pacers to shoot threes. I've never seen so many wide open three today by the Pacers. Too bad they went 1 of 17 while the game was still in doubt.
If the Pacers had gone 6 of 17, that is 15 more points and the whole game is different. I thought the Pacers played hard, they just could not hit any outside shots. And that to me was the biggest difference in this game.
One sure sign the Pacers are in trouble is when they have to go small and play JJ at power forward or god forbit Croshere at power forward, that is a sure sign of desperation. But you know what the Pacers had no choice, when you trail by 15 the whole game DD and Jeff really are unable to contribute, you need some offense. But of course then you see Ben start to get offensive rebounds and you start to see the Pacers interior defense break down.
The series it still tied 2-2, Pacers can still win this series, in fact I would not be a bit surprised to see the Pacers win game #5 and lose game #6.
Is there a worse feeling than to see the opposing team celebrating on the Pacers home court.
I'm off to read other threads where I'm sure the refs will be crucified and J.O will be criticized.