At one point in time during the 3rd quarter I actually looked towards the heavens to see if the Eastern sky was parting because the Lord was already on earth having his vengance. The trumpet players in the pep band had me fooled.
Needless to say when someone goes off for a night like that you pretty much have to sit back and take it. God knows that is what our defense did, so why shouldn't we the fans enjoy this as well.
Honestly I'm not mad at anybody. Amare is a hell of a player and frankly unless we had the big ticket on our team or the new and improved Superman from down in Orlando I don't think it would have made much of a differance.
It's not like he was just dunking the ball, I think he could have drop kicked the ball and it would have went in.
The guys we had on him tried, but failed. In Troy's case miserably in Jeffs case comically.
The story for this night was Amare, however the story of the night might just have been how scrappy the Pacers were. It just wasn't meant to be.
We have played 3 great teams and not once can I say that I felt like we did not have a chance at any of these games. If anybody, and I mean anybody, could have scored some points in the end of the 3rd quarter we may very well have weathered the storm and pulled out a win. As it stands though, it is a loss and we all pretty much agree that at the end of the season there are no moral victory's. However knowing where we were and where we are I a cannot say that I am upset about being 1-2 right now.
Troy Murphy: I normally come on here and try and point out whatever good Troy has done in a given game to make sure that someone at least says something not related to his contract. However this vommit inducing performance leaves me unable to do so. Look believe it or not I am not all that upset with his defense. However I take huge exception to the fact that this guy now has one shot in his arsenal, the three. If it ain't a three he ain't taking it or at the very least he isn't hitting it. When did this occur? At what point in time did he lose his ability to drive. Look I understand that he is not going to be confused with Danny in his driving ability, but he doesn't even try anymore. This makes me sick at my stomach. I appreciate the fact that again he got 10 boards but the fact that he now has somehow metamorphed into Walter McCarty is not good. I'm not asking for a post up game, but something anything else would be nice.
On that note, did we even set one pick or screen in the second half? For the life of me I can't remember one. One of you guys that video and watch this, please let me know.
Jeff Foster: Believe it or not I'm not that upset with Jeff. Actually one of the things I love about sitting where I sit now is that compared to the guys behind me I seem like President of the Jeff Foster fan club. When he fouled out of the game they gave him a standing O, and it was not for his effort. Anyway in the 4th I will say this for him. He was playing physical and every now and then a little "dirty is not the right word here" rough with Amare. He actually got Staudimire pretty upset. However unlike other players who get mad, Amare just proceded to dunk on Fosters head. I'm sure if we check the word Spalding is probably engraved in Jeff's brow.
On a side note here, I knew we were in deep deep crap early in the first quarter when Danny blocked Grant Hill, ran down the lane for what looked like an easy shot only to have the ball deflated by Amare. Stoudemire looked right at us and shook his head violently and yelled "yeah, that's right". All we could do was sit there and take it. Actually from the crazed look in his eye we were just praying he didn't decide to come into the stands and take us all out.
Back on point.
Roy Hibbert: Rookie. Uninspired was the word I was going to use, however that would not be fair. He tried, he still didn't make a lot of dumb fouls. However the one advantage he has is that thanks to David Harrison the bar is set very low for him when it comes to stupid fouls. Anyway Roy was just a good old Indiana maple tree in the path of destruction that was Tornado Amare. He was beaten, bruised, bent and stripped of his leaves. But alas he was not broken. So he will heal to play again.
Jarret Jack: Speaking of healing. Good God this man ate the floor hard tonight on a couple of occasions. His defense was decent and he attacked the basket in the second half. He had a couple of turnovers that were questionable but overall he had a good game.
Granger: Danny started out strong but he petered out after the second quarter. Didn't seem to hit the boards as hard tonight, however when you have a player hitting most of thier shots there are not going to be lots of rebounds. He and Grant Hill kept playing defensive tricks on each other. Danny "pulled the chair" on Grant (I think it was in the third) and in the fourth Grant used "jazz hands" to totally mesmorize Granger into turning the ball over. It still says a lot bout where Danny is when I can say he had a 23 point game and it wasn't that special.
Daniels: On the one hand I want to be really p!ssed that he guy took 19 shots. On the other hand I can only think of a few of them that were really all that bad. 1-6 from three point land makes me say, "Stop shooting the damn three" however I realize that while I am yelling this that O'Brien is over there yelling "Quisy, take the damn three". So Daniels is screwed there. His defense was good, he rebounded. However having said all of that I will say this, we missed Mike Dunleavy's offense in the third.
Ford: There was a point in time early in the game where he did a crossover and litterally broke Steve Nash's ankles. I fully expected him to sit the ball down on the court and dance around it for a few seconds before taking off for his shot. Normally I don't like p.g.'s calling thier own number this often. But tonight in the second half he was about the only one getting a shot that even had the pretense of falling. So in this case I will just look past that.
Rush: Good solid decent min. with more experiance by the day. More turnovers than you would like but he didn't embarras himself either on defense. He seemed to have his shot back a little tonight so I would have like to see him take a couple of more shots than he did.
Baston: Why not more? Actually I would have liked to have seen the coach throw him in there for a few more min., hell what could it have hurt. but in the few seconds he got it, he probably wishes he didn't play as he got bagged on a drive.
Tonight more than any other night in a few years I deeply regretted our lack of a physical player/defender. At the end Phoenix was hamming it up and being a little to cocky about things. I'll take that ***** from Stoudimire because he earned it but I'll be d@mned if I'm happy about having to watch Boris (I can't believe I get paid) Diaw & Raja (I can't believe I'm still in the league) Bell celebrate like they did anything. Diaw's points were a joke and he got those from riding the wave of Amare.
I would have paid a million dollars to have LaSalle Thompson run out on the floor and set a bone crunching pick on either of them. But all we had was Murphy and Foster so instead of rocking thier world we worked on how best to pose for the poster shot.
New game on Friday, let's kick some Cav. @ss
Oh yea before I forget, the crow was very dissapointing in number. I realize it was a midweek game, but still this was sad.
However those that were there were very vocal and pretty much into the game.