First of all, Carlise gets a lot of credit, not that I disliked the guy before. However, he wasnt making any adjustments in Detroit and showed no signs that he ever would, but hey, maybe he learned a lesson from his last job. If Carlisle isn't first for not making adjustments, who's to say he changes his ways? Its a fair question.
The Pacers played their best game of the playoffs. No question. Every man was playing at or near his best, there was even some shotmaking from Artest and Miller, guys who I usually dont expect that from anymore. They simply played harder than we did.
I think the telling play of the game was when the pistons allowed Anthony johnson to stroll down the lane for an UNCONTESTED LAYUP, with Ben Wallace a foot away. We werent contesting shots like we were before.
Jermiane Oneal did a Ben Wallace impression last night. He was GREAT on the defensive glass as well as his man. A night worthy of an MVP candidate.
Artest still didnt impress me a whole lot, except some of the slop he missed in games 1-3 went in this time around. He's still not getting great looks, aside from two nice drives to the hole.
As for my boys.......Rip Hamilton is exempt from any critisism, but good lord, I've never seen so many self-inflicted mistakes. The Pacers swarmed on D, but they did NOT forse Tayshawn, Rasheed, Ben Corliss and countless other to simply DROP uncontested passes out of bounds. I think chauncey dribbled an INBOUNDS PASS off his foot. I could live with the Pacers simply outplaying us, which they did anyway, but to simply LAY DOWN like that is unforgivable.
Billups also needs to attack more. Every time he does it, the Pacer guards foul him and he creates for others.
LArry Brown has typically done very well when the other team's thrown a wrinkle his way, and I'm sure given 2 days of planning that LArry will find ways o exploit Croshere. There's a reason Croshere hasnt started all year, and I noticed it, although we didnt take advantage. Croshere isnt big enough to defend or rebound with Rasheed Wallace, so he simply fronts the post and waits for help. We should REALLY be able to take advantage of that. I also noticed that Croshere doesnt rebound as much as he tries to punch the ball out to a teamate. We also got into the lane a lot in the 2nd half, only to fumble the ball out of bounds.
The Pacers offensively are obviously better with croshere in there, but the pistons offensively will be able to draw immidiate double-teams in the post, so they should be better too.
I'm not really depressed, because its only a 2-2 series. I also believe that the Pistons will come out with the same fire in game 5 that the Pacers did in game 4. They know if they go down 3-2 they're in a huge hole.
Ah well, live and learn I suppose.