Left the game early which is something I rarely do. Not trying to make a statement, I just got bored.
The Pacers did nothing to address what they needed in the off-season. Actually, they may have made themselves worse without trying to do so.
1) Al Harrington was just a bad move. It doesn't even matter how well he plays. He's redundant, especially considering Danny Granger. He could stunt the growth of Granger, as they will be successful in similar situations. Granger is actually a better shooter.
Harrington brings nothing to the table defense wise, and he's not a good FT shooter. As a PF, he's a **** poor rebounder, and BOY did that show tonight.
2) Not addressing the desperate need for outside shooting. I don't get what Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh were thinking about in the off-season. It's tough for them as Tinsley and Jackson all but impossible to move, but as much as I like his potential, getting Marquis Daniels did not help the Pacers. He is too similar to Jackson.
Don't get me wrong. I like the Daniels for Croshere trade on the surface. It's a talent upgrade. I just hope it's part of something more.
3) Tinsley is pathetic. He's lethargic. He doesn't play with any sense of urgency. He just looks like he doesn't care. This franchise has publicly stated many times they will be as good as Tinsley is, and that is definitely the case. What does that say for Indiana's chances?
It's better to have players on the court who can't do something but bust their *** trying. I'd rather Jasikevicius on the court working to guard someone and not quite get it done, then to watch Tinsley run to the top of the key and STILL get beat to the lane.
Jasikevicius brings energy to the floor, and he's the best outside shooter the Pacers have. He's also a good passer. Tinsley is a good passer too, but since he never plays hard he doens't create shots for others. He can't shoot either so there is no need to close out tight on him.
The problem with sticking with Tinsley is he isn't made to earn anything. It's not about health. He was like this in his second season. This is about his terrible lack of heart.
4) Sure the pieces fit, but not well enough. A great deal of lip service has been made about how interchangeable the Pacers are. Toward what end? They've moved JO up the lane, emptying out the baseline for scoring drives, but none of the other starters shoot well enough to stretch the defense.
Luckily JO seems have to developed a more consistent shot from 15'.
Being interchangeable is nice, but part of that includes being able to change how one attacks. They have no one who comes off screens who can hit shots. Jackson does a nice job on the early down screen in their Flex, which they run on just about every secondary transition opportunity, but that's a 15' shot. Anything deeper and it's one set shot after another.
What they lost offensively when they Reggie Miller retired was a shooter coming off screens. You need a guy like that. Peja was one too.
Tinsley would never get off the bench unless he proved he could bring energy.
Harrington is perfect off the bench because he can score in the low post vs. a second strong PF. He in that scenario he could play alongside O'Neal or Foster. But when they have Granger, Harrington and Jackson vs. someone else's first string, their overall lack of shooting kills the Pacers, especially with a PG who doesn't create shots for teammates and is a worse shooter to boot.
With all those athletic players, you'd HOPE the Pacers would be extending pickup points and using the alleged versatility they have on defense, utilizing switches, lengthening passing lanes, and forcing quick and contested shots. That's not happening either.