The Pacers made a ton of mental mistakes tonight, so many blown assignments on defense and so many times they were out of position on defense.
Before I go on, I need to compliment the opponent. Kincks are without question playing much better defense than they did when Don Chaney was the coach, they are now physical and in typical Lenny Wilkens fashion they don't foul much at all. Wilkens teas almost always nlead the league in fewest fould committed.
Back to the Pacers.
The two obvious areas that killed the Pacers: rebounding and free throw shooting. Ron missed two, Al missed one, J.O missed three all in the 4th quarter and those are our three best players. .
But the rebounding is what really has me burning. The Knicks had 12 second chance points in the first half alone. Terrible.
Going player by player:
AL - terrible. He was just out of sync tonight, he was a step slow to everything.
Croshere - gave us nothing.
Pollard - Horrible
AJ - poor at best
Foster - blah, I think he is worn down. He needs the allstar break.
If it weren't for Jamaal's 4 thres in the second half the pacers never would have had a chance to even be in the game.
J.O did pretty well, considering he was not supposed to play
Reggie was good, Ronnie was also good.
Hardaway was huge tonight. Yes the two tough jumperslate were huge, but late in the 3rd he hit two huge threes, when it looked like the pacers were going to have a 9 or 10 point lead going into the 4th.
The most disgusted I have been all season.