I'm sure these have been covered elsewhere, but I've only got a couple minutes...
a) 26 3pt FGAs? That's shameful. The two guys that combined for 14 three-point attempts should be taking a long look in the mirror. Neither one of them should take more than 2-3 attempts per game, even they're 3-3.
They could learn something from Marquis. (Okay, make that three quick points, I like what I've seen from Daniels - he's an excellent near-the-rim player which is something the Pacers really need from their backcourt.)
2) What is the job of the coach? Is it his job to try to prepare a team to win a championship or is it for him to try to win every game? I thought, if the team was struggling a month into the season, we'd see him "run home to mama" - his comfort zone.
I didn't think if the team was 1-1 he'd start the, "I may need to change the starting lineup" nonsense.
The guy has no vision, no patience. He's very, very good at winning regular season games, don't get me wrong. But there's much more to his job than that.
Somebody in the front office probably needs to call him up and suggest that he'd better not change the starting frontcourt until February at the earliest. Give them time to get some chemistry for defense and rebounds. Give them time to get comfortable with each other offensively.
Good gracious. I had to laugh out loud at the line from The Star today - "Carlisle could be on his way to shaking up the lineup just two games into what's supposed to be an improved season for the Pacers..." Does anybody really expect *immediate* improvement with so many changes. Patience, fellow Pacers fans.
Agree? Disagree? Discuss.
JO, playing C, needs more than six rebounds. (oops, here's point #4). He seems like he's interested in turning himself into Kevin Garnett, and I don't mean that as a compliment, because I've always thought Garnett was "soft" - a seven-footer playing on the perimeter . JO now appears to be playing as soft as Garnett always has.
Gotta run, but I'll check back in later in the weekend.