Well, to be honest, I feel a bit better about this team than I did at the end of the regular season. They put up a heck of an effort, they just aren't better than the Nets with Peja sitting on the bench. The better team won, and I'll be pulling for the Nets against the Heat.
AJ was an absolute beast. He's almost got me convinced that he's good enough to hold down the fort at PG. The guy's transformation has been nothing short of amazing. Major, major props to you AJ.
I'm about 95% convinced that Rick has got to go. This doesn't mean that the roster should stay exactly the same, but we need a coaching change in the worst way. Mark Jackson, anyone?
I don't expect us to re-sign any of our free agents, frankly. Peja, Freddie, Polly, and (maybe) Gill have all likely played their last games as Pacers.
I'm not sure where to begin re-building this team in the offseason, but we really need speed and a veteran presence, preferably a banger in the middle.
I also want to send out a big thanks to Peck, Roaming Gnome, and MagicRat for hooking me up multiple times with tix this season. As someone who loves to attend the games but can't afford to most of the time, it means a lot to me. Thanks a lot, guys (though I know that it's actually all a ploy by Peck to fatten me up on Conseco burgers, fries, and ice cream ).
Well, that's it for now. Let the rebuilding phase begin!