Okay, I've been offline all weekend, and I haven't seen this discussed (although, admittedly, I haven't had a chance to catch up with every thread, either.) But some of the people sitting around me at the games last weekend obviously haven't seen too many games or ever spent any time studying game strategy. And I've been irritated about that all weekend.
The Pacers have been able to cruise through games #1 and #2 because, primarily, of JO's dominance. The people around me wanted him to sit down or get fewer touches just because he shot at a low % this weekend. ed:
Although his shot isn't falling, he's been the best/ most dominant player on the court. He's single-handedly put Brian Grant in foul trouble in both games. And Odom. And the backup stiffs (Allen and what's-his-name.) And I agree with Rick, he's taken a beating even when the fouls aren't called - and that's also driving down his FG%.
With Miami trying so hard to contain JO (physical, switching, swarming defense, double and triple teams, etc.), and to a lesser extent, Al, its opened the door for Ron, Reggie and Jamaal to have big games. And to thier credit, they're prepared to capitalize on those opportunities.
I wouldn't expect Miami to adjust their defense in response to Ron's and Reggie's hot hands - they know they don't really have an answer for all our weapons and for our post players (JO and Al) in particular. And its especially important for the Pacers to continue to work the ball to JO first - his FG% is irrelevant in terms of the game plan or the fact that he's the primary option. If Miami decided to play him "straight up" he'd easily drop 35 (with 20 rebounds) on them - assuming the Pacers guards don't forget that he's down there.
JO is the best post player the Pacers have had since a couple guys named Daniels and McGinnis.
Tangentally... Some fans (at the arena) need to take off their Reggie-Miller-filtered-glasses and begin appreciating JO's dominance. Perhaps this is another variable in the declining ticket sales - that the "more casual" fan base is having a hard time transitioning this "face" of the Pacers to JO and Ron? I think we hard-core dorks on here "get it".