I am starting to detect signs of life in the Pacers the past 2 games.
My question is what do you attribute this to? I have a couple of ideas on
why this is happening and please feel free to add to it. Now I don't feel this
is a short term thing, I think the team is starting to gell.
Number one on my list is less is more. By this I mean having one less
player(Artest) has really removed a distraction and has allowed other players to shine.
Number 2 is Stephen Jackson. I have always believed that this team and
really NBA teams in general do best with the shooting guard and small forward
providing most of the offense. With that being said I believe Jackson leading
the team in scoring is not a bad thing, PROVIDING Jackson continues to play
the way he has. He has changed a little in style. He is driving to the hoop and getting layups or a foul called. He is big enough and strong enough to
do this. His stand still 3 is a very reliable shot. If he never took and jumper
on the move I would be very happy as he must shoot 10% with that shot.
I thought I would never promote Jackson but he is starting to win me over
a little. He has been complaining less since the first of the year.
Number 3 is that Freddie Jones needs to be kept. He is the one player
that can drive and has athleticism. He can defend shooting guards.
If Freddie continues to shoot his midrange jumper he is going to become
deadly. With that shot secured he becomes a triple threat. The three,
the midrange and the drive to the hoop
Number 4 is the team is getting a little healthy and is developing some
Number 5 is JO would score a little and defend and rebound as his primary
goal this team would be a contender again. My fear is that we revert to the
throw into JO mode and everyone stands around. I hope to never see that
offense again as the primary offense.
When this team plays as a team they are fun to watch. If Tinsley was
traded with Ron for something good I am not sure I would be that disappointed. Tinsley and his injuries and attitude and style of play
are not good for the team. I may be proven wrong but I believe again in
this case less is more.