Well I just watched the game on tape delay and I am just jumping straight here without going over other posts so if I cover some ground that others have already said, please forgive me.
Now with that in mind.
I would like to hand out the dumb @ss award of the night, I'm tempted to say this really should go be dumb @ss of the mellinium, to....
Yes that's right to our wonderfull head coach who in about one nights time has made me totally reconsider any positive things I have said or thought about him.
B!tch and complain all you want about Jamaal Tinsley and believe me you would have to get in line behind me and some of the new made up swear words I uttered during the 4th and OT, but at the end of it all there is only one person to blame for that and he is over on the sidelines.
If Larry Bird fired him right now and replaced him with Scott Skiles I don't think I would be offended.
Yes, I know that is pretty drastic and once I cool down I will probably change my mind (maybe). But right now that is how p!ssed off I am about this loss.
We had this game, period.
If the Suns had come back and beat us while we were trying to run what was supposed to be our offense then I wouldn't utter a word. I would have just said, they are better than us and I was happy with the way we played.
But litterally that OT and last few min. of the 4th quarter offended me so bad that I am really truely going to have to go back and think of something good to say.
I don't care if it's Allen Iverson, Jermaine O'Neal, Michael Jordan, Ron Artest or even Dr. J, I hate with the passion of a white hot sun the type of ball we saw exhibited at the end of the game.
The only thing missing was for there to be the guy with the mic running up and down the court with Jamaal yelling "Mel Mel in da house" or we might as well have been at Rucker park. However who needs the carnival barker when you have a head coach over on the sidelines playing pick up stix with his butt cheeks instead of coaching the game.
I have not been this mad at a Pacers loss in years. In fact I don't know that I have ever been this mad at a Pacers loss.
What makes me so mad is that O'Brien ruined a great game from the team overall by instructing the point guard to play star ball. Yes, that's right, he was instructing him to do that.
If he wasn't instructing him to do that then why did he not pull him? That's right because he had no problem with it.
Credit to the Suns they did improve the defense and increased the intensity.
However while I take nothing away from them they had accomplises in crime tonight on our bench.
There are no moral victory's, period.
If we are playing for moral victory's then by God I don't want to see a Pacer on the floor who has been in the NBA for more than 4 years because we better be seeing what we have.
But no, O'Brien was actually trying to win that game.
Can you believe that, that was actually an attempt to win the game.
I'm not sure right now that I wouldn't have preferred Hick's or U.B. or Gnome to be making the calls in the 4th compared to what I got.
I know for damn sure that I would have preffered Tbird to take over about mid way through the 4th.
Sorry folks I always try and give us something positive, and frankly if it wasn't for the way we ended the game I would have been on here singing the praises of (in no particular order) Jeff Foster, Troy Murphy, Shawne Williams, Danny Granger, Travis Diener & Kareem Rush.
However Jim O'Briens coaching took whatever joy I was having & believe me I was actually enjoying that game and threw it all away.
BTW, to the Jamaal bandwagon out there. I am not mad at your boy at all. Oh believe me at first I cursed and cursed and cursed some more at him but as time went on it became abundantly clear to me that the coach was encouraging this crap.
So to me you can't be mad when you throw a fox into a chicken coop and he goes fox on you.
Telling Jamaal to play selfish one on one playground rucker park crap is the problem, not that Jamaal did it.
I'm going away now to cool out and I may try and give up something else later.