I'm not going to do the player grades , instead I want to touch on a few important points.
I assume you saw the game, but if you didn't, Saras played the whole 4th quarter, and he ran countless pick and rolls, but he wasn't "the point guard". He was on the court with DA and DA would bring the ball up, get the Pacers into the offense, but Saras ran countless pick and rolls either with JO or Al, and it was very effective.
That is exactly what I and others have meant when we've said let Saras run secondary pick and rolls. Marquis also would be excellent in that role
I love Armstrong, his two steals were huge, huge plays - in fact I think the biggest plays of the game. They don't make them like DA anymore. I guess his nickname is Armey - or that is what Slick calls him.
Lets give Rick some credit, the zone was another huge key, the Knicks were in a groove - that was the most important coaching decision tonight.
This was JO's best game of the season, that is what I want to see from him, he controlled the paint and that is what we need.
Granger is still trying to find his way, but he had two huge offensive rebs midway through the 4th.
Anyone else notice DA and Saras played the whole 4th quarter.
Now that was the Al I remember from his days in Atlanta.
Overall the Pacers played with more effort and intensity and that is what they need.
I do need to say, I thought the Knicks were horid tonight. Good to see isiah hasn't improved as a coach. Granted they have a bad mix of players, but they are really poorly coached. They play defense in spurts and if they get beat on the perimeter, they tend to just give up. (Yes that is the help defense that drove me crazy when isiah was the pacers coach.
Let me end with two things.
I have no idea what the Pacers are going to be this year, but I do believe they will be up and down at least until Christmas.
Sorry this postgame report isn't any good.
EDit: also playing a zone helped Saras, because watching him guard Crawford in the first half made my stomach very queesy