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    It's gonna be short tonight because I have to get up in the morning & drive halway across the country. There will also be no post game 4 thoughts either because I won't have access to the net. I'll check-in in the morning for replies.

    Where is our Rasheed Wallace? Who on our team stood up in the locker room after the game & made it a point to make sure that everybody on our team knew we weren't going to lose?

    Now I'm not talking about doing a Sheed & guaranteeing to the press that we won't lose game 4. I'm talking about which player on our team would have the stones to stand up & proclaim we won't lose game 4 to our own players? My guess is nobody.

    ***** all you want about Rasheed & his bravado, but make no mistake. It was a game & quite possibly a series changer.

    If anybody watched the post game press conferance you saw the two faces of the Indiana Pacers with Jermaine O'Neal & Reggie Miller.

    Reggie looked as though he were filled with rage. When asked if he was protesting the lack of calls during the game by kicking the ball into the stands Reggie shot back very tersley that "I just wanted to give little Johnny a souvenir.".

    Reggie was short & very very politely rude to the press.

    J.O. seemed as though he & Sheed had already gotten together after the game for a dime bag. Talk about a lack of any emotion.

    BTW, I'm just using hyperbole about the dime bag. I'm not accusing J.O. of anything. It just seemed like I was watching a guy who had zero emotions about the game. To me he seemed more of a studio commentator than participant. (BTW, this takes nothing away from the game he played it's just the post that I had a problem with).

    We need leadership, vocal athoritative leadership. We need a player who is willing to lay it on the line publicly.

    Again, I'm not asking for a guarantee. I'd just like to see one of our players say we are going to change things in our favor & actually look like they mean it.

    Every post game interview I saw with a player last night seemed awfully defeated.

    Sheed (******* he may be) wasn't defeated after game one, was he?

    Moving on.

    Why Al Harrington isn't being universally praised as an American hero I don't know. This guy is down there in the trenches every night fighting with the Pistons & I think he deserves special credit for it. Sure his pullup air ball was embarassing, but other than that the guy fought & fought & fought. I could not believe after Al & the other bench guys brought the team back that Rick took him out in the 4th. It's a damn shame that next season the guy most likely will not be here.

    Anthony Johnson. Hey, the guy played great. He even ran the offense well. I thought he did a good job of defending Hamilton late in the 4th when the switches were made to him. Not much else to say about him other than he did exactly what we needed to do.

    Austin Croshere. Never has one man been such the target of so many B.S. calls. His sixth foul was complete & totall B.S. The reason I say that is because of everything else they were letting everybody else get by with. Other than that though I though Austin fought all night long as well. His three & dunk could easily have been game breakers for us, but it wasn't meant to be. But for a change it is nice to see him do something other than take up space on the floor during the playoffs.

    I'm going to stop with the individual breakdowns now because of lack of time.

    I'm just going to breakdown something pretty simple.

    The reason the Pistons are beating us is pretty simple really.

    So far all season long we have been able to live & die with two thing.

    1. J.O. being the best big man on the floor (or at least one of the best)

    2. Ron outplaying the other teams small forward.

    Right now J.O. by himself is the best, however he isn't better than the Wallace team combined & with not being able to count on Foster for offense that is hurting us.

    Prince is playing equal to (or IMO better than) Artest. This is a problem as we have not had a consistant third option all season long.

    Right now the Pistons are just outplaying us.

    I'm not writing off the series by any sense, but to have any real chance at pulling this series out game 4 is almost a must.


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    Great post, Peck. Great post. 100% dead on. A couple of things:

    I could not believe after Al & the other bench guys brought the team back that Rick took him out in the 4th. It's a damn shame that next season the guy most likely will not be here.
    And he took them out after they brought the team back from a humiliating 1st quarter. I'm glad you said this because this was my initial thought about the game. I didn't say anything because everyone here was praising Rick's "adjustments" so I figured it would fall on deaf ears.


    Where is our Rasheed Wallace? Who on our team stood up in the locker room after the game & made it a point to make sure that everybody on our team knew we weren't going to lose?
    Again, spot on. A friend of mine met me at the bar where I watched the game. He's not even a fan of basketball, he just wanted to catch up. But he said, "That guy's a thug, but say what you will, what he said gets inside people's heads and goes to work on them psychologically."

    That's exactly what Sheed is doing. Getting inside our players' heads and beating us psychologically. And that's where our lack of maturity really starts to hurt us.

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    Two reasons why they came out, and at least one was pointed out by the commentators.

    First is that you get that spark from the bench and then you get your starters back in the game to see if they've picked it up. By definition your starters are better than your bench, so you have to play them if you can get any kind of offense from them.

    Second is that most bench players simply aren't used to playing long minutes, especially given how long our bench is and how quickly folks get substituted when we run deep. You still need to rest people.

    Considering the fourth quarter, I think the substitutions were managed pretty well because everyone had the energy to start playing good ball by the end of the game.
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    Al was so much more effective than Ron in every way.

    I wanted him on the court as much as possible for the 4th quarter. I was actually happy when the double foul was called on Ron and Corliss Williamson, sending Ron to the bench.

    I love Ron's game, but he is in a funk right now.

    Main reasons we lost:

    1) Detroit got 15 layups and dunks. In a game where points are hard to come by, you can't overcome that.

    2) Ron is AWOL on offense

    3) Jermaine is NOT getting enough shots (call me Mr. Obvious)

    4) Tinsley isn't healthy enough to defend adequately or to push the ball

    5) Besides Jermaine, the two guys who can cause the most problems for Detroit are Al and Jonathan. They need more minutes and they need shots.

    6) Our starters cannot get us into that deep of a hole. When it got to 17-10 or so I wanted the bench to get in the game, even though it was only 7 minutes or so into the 1st. It got to double figures before they came in, and the second quarter boost could have come a little earlier if Rick had more confidence in Al, Jon, Austin, and Freddie.
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    I could not believe after Al & the other bench guys brought the team back that Rick took him out in the 4th. It's a damn shame that next season the guy most likely will not be here.
    Did anyone else here not notice that little run was wearing off just a tad and it was maybe time to bring at least some of the starters back in? No, the bench probably couldn't have done any worse, but the starters that were on the bench were getting VERY fired up. Maybe Rick saw that and thought the starters would respond well to what the bench had done. Also, how bad would have Rick gotten ripped for having his entire bench on the floor in the final minutes of a ECF playoff game?



    That's exactly what Sheed is doing. Getting inside our players' heads and beating us psychologically. And that's where our lack of maturity really starts to hurt us.
    Is it me or does Sheed constantly have his mouth going. I don't think that I've ever seen him NOT talking. That would drive me nuts.

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    AL was taken out of the game early in the 4th quarter with the Pacers trailing by 9. He was not part of the group that provided a spark in the 4th.

    Rick went to a jump shooting and quick limeup. He took out hios three post players, and it seemed to work for awhile and I did agree with him bringing back thr starters, although I might have wanted to keep AJ in. But then Tinsley played his best in the last 3 minutes.

    I do not understand why anyone is complaining about the 4th quarter, that was the best quarter they have played all series.

    Peck, I don't care what J.O or Reggie say in the post game pores conference, and yes I watched that whole thing, I did not post one word of critical comments when Sheed guaranteed a victory in game #2, because I thought it was meaningless, and I still think it was. It had no effect on the outcome of game #2.



    far be it from me to support Ron Artest , but I thought he had a good game #3. he took better shots, there were maybe 2 or 3 bad ones usually with the shot clock winding down. But he moved the ball much better. Ron's had to change his game because of the Pistons defense, and I was proud of him for doing so last night. The thing that burns me up is that Ron played games #1 & #2 offensively like he has all season, now that is not effective against the Pistons defense, but so many thought that all of a sudden Ron was holding the ball, and doing things differently, he wasn't. Last night he changed his game offensively.

    Ron has to be on the floor, his defense is needed and his defense was excellent last night

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    I think the Pacers should drop Jeff from the starting lineup and insert Al at PF and move JO to center, or start Croshere at center. It would probably be best to start Croshere because Al is a big part of the 2nd unit and that is working. Either would give JO another guy to pass to who can score.

    The problem is Detroit knows where the ball is going when the Pacers have the ball, in to JO. He then holds the ball to long before making his move. And it's always the same basic move, bump a couple times and then turn and shoot. He needs to shoot on his first move sometimes. Right now he's to predictable. Hold the ball for 5 seconds, then make his move.

    What makes the 2nd unit so effective? Detroit doesn't know where the ball is going and the 2nd unit moves the ball. This is what the starters need to do.

    I really think the Pacers are the better team, but Detroit has more experience and they are playing smarter.

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    I wonder if Peck will be back tomorrow?

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    I wonder if Peck will be back tomorrow?
    I hope he sees my Ladies and Gentlemen... thread.

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    I think the Pacers should drop Jeff from the starting lineup and insert Al at PF and move JO to center, or start Croshere at center. It would probably be best to start Croshere because Al is a big part of the 2nd unit and that is working. Either would give JO another guy to pass to who can score.
    Now we know where Rick got the idea to start Cro.

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    I think the Pacers should drop Jeff from the starting lineup and insert Al at PF and move JO to center, or start Croshere at center. It would probably be best to start Croshere because Al is a big part of the 2nd unit and that is working. Either would give JO another guy to pass to who can score.
    Now we know where Rick got the idea to start Cro.

    Nah, read this.

    Croshere actually won his starting job in the fourth quarter of the Pacers' Game 3 loss, when he helped spark a futile rally that produced 33 points. He hit two shots in the period, a 3-pointer and a driving dunk on Rasheed Wallace. That was enough to convince Carlisle, who told his players after the game he had an idea that could win Game 4.

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