Between the game at Detroit, the way our young guys have developed, and the overall morale of the team recently...I am feeling positive about our chances come playoff time.
I really hope Jermaine just waits til the playoffs to come back, even if he is healthy enough before that. He should get in shape, practice with the team and all that...then just start playing come playoff time.
We would have to use the same offense and I trust that Carlisle would make the right choice given the circumstances. Teams would be used to the "new style" the Pacers have been playing and having Jermaine in there functioning within the parameters of our new offense, could really cause some problems for other teams.
I hope we keep Croshere and Tinsley out for a LONG TIME. Simply put that just gives Saras/Granger and even DH more minutes. These young guys need all the playing time they can get, all of them are so critical to our success.
Am I the only one who doesn't want to even see Tinsley in the playoffs?
We all know I dislike Jermaine, but I actually want him to be playing during the playoffs. Tinsley, i'd rather he just stay at home honestly. Anyone who doesn't expect Sarunas to step it up for the playoffs, is kidding themselves.
AJ has proven time and time again that he can step up when needed, and if last year is any indication we can expect A LOT from Stephen Jackson (the guy might be more passionate about winning than anyone on our team, aside from Saras.)
All this team really needs to do is get the sixth seed, Jermaine is crazy for wanting Detroit right out of the gate. Especially considering the fact that the first playoff series could possibly be the "re integration period" for Jermaine.
Foster seems to JUST NOW be getting into game shape and I like what I am seeing, Pollard staying healthy will be critical. By the time the playoffs roll around Stojakovic should have a firm grasp on what this team needs from him.
There is really just ONE major thing that concerns me...we've all been discussing it. If Jermaine and Carlisle both realize that A) Jermaine doesn't need to take as many shots and B) He needs to focus more on rebouding/passing.
When we've got shooters like Saras, Stojakovic, Jack and lately even GRANGER. I don't see ANY reason for us to LOOK for Jermaine. If we allow Jermaine to let the game COME TO HIM then WATCH OUT.
I just pray that Carlisle realizes this, WE ALL DO.
Basically what I am saying, I can't wait for the playoffs. I've ALWAYS liked this teams chances better in the underdog role. Everyone knows they have something to prove and nothing is going to be handed to them.
The events that have taken place so far this season could end up being a blessing in disguise.
I CANT WAIT FOR THE PLAYOFFS!