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    I'm happy with some of the recent play of Solo but what I get from this article is that Foster is able to play and he's still a better option IMO. Foster would've been a much better choice to have on the floor in at least 2 of our recent losses then Solo or Posey.


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    It was only a couple of weeks ago that reserve center Solomon Jones was more of a liability than an asset on the court for the Indiana Pacers.

    Jones accumulated an embarrassing four rebounds in his first 72 minutes of playing time despite standing 6-10.

    Jones, who backs up starter Roy Hibbert, has made up for his early blunders by averaging almost 5.0 rebounds in about 17 minutes a game in the past seven contests.

    "I'm just getting an opportunity and making the best of it," Jones said. "(Coach Jim O'Brien) has gotten confidence in me, and my teammates have been feeling the same. I know what to expect, so I can go out there and play without anything on my shoulders."

    Jones' recent play has affected veteran Jeff Foster's playing time.

    Foster, a fan favorite for his blue-collar work, has appeared in only two games this season. He missed 10 days with an ankle sprain, which happened working out after a morning shootaround on a day where he was going to be on the inactive list.

    "I have a great deal of confidence with Jeff," O'Brien said. "I think Jeff's a hell of a player. We have Roy, who is getting 30 minutes a game. That leaves you with 18 minutes. You can't go nine (minutes) and nine (minutes). If we're only playing Roy 20 minutes a game, we can play everybody."

    Foster, who missed most of last season with back problems, is more consistent than Jones. Foster will provide constant hustle and rebounds every time he steps on the court.

    O'Brien, however, doesn't want to make a change because Jones has played his best basketball as a Pacer the past two weeks.

    "I don't want to be unfair to somebody we've been trying to get to play the way he is now for over a year," O'Brien said. "Jeff will get plenty of playing time and show people he has a lot left in the tank. It's just not figuring in the plans right now."

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    No way I'd kick Jones out of the rotation when he's playing like this regardless of Foster's form. He's outplayed Hibbert in some of these recent games I've watched.

    When a player like Jones, who has been a below average 3rd stringer for his career, is playing like this, you treasure these moments.

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    If we're only playing Roy 20 minutes a game, we can play everybody."
    Scary.

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    Scary.
    Why would he even want to say anything like that?

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    Why would he even want to say anything like that?
    It's almost like he's suggesting it.

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    It's almost like he's suggesting it.
    Yeah, that's kinda weird. You can just imagine him saying "Well we need to get Foster some more minutes so we're limiting Roy to 20 per game."
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    Why would he even want to say anything like that?
    C'MON GUYS!
    He was QUITE OBVIOUSLY BEING SARCASTIC.
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    His point WAS: THAT AIN"T HAPPENING....

    Get it??????????????????????

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    bulbs going out......................................

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    Somebody posts something positive about Solo and the paranoids make it about OB again.
    How smart do you have to be to figure out what he clearly said.
    This place is becoming hopeless.

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    C'MON GUYS!
    He was QUITE OBVIOUSLY BEING SARCASTIC.
    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz z

    His point WAS: THAT AIN"T HAPPENING....

    Get it??????????????????????
    Come on, man. I am probably a top ten JOB supporter.

    But why in the world would anyone make a comment like that to the media especially considering Hibbert's poor play these past two games?

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    Somebody posts something positive about Solo and the paranoids make it about OB again.
    How smart do you have to be to figure out what he clearly said.
    This place is becoming hopeless.
    Ha.

    Apparently, we need to be at your intelligence level in order to understand what he said so clearly.

    Would you like to explain what he said so clearly?

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    Sarcasm doesn't always come through in print, but I think that was clearly a sarcastic comment. Picture him rolling his eyes with a facetious tone and the comment makes a lot more sense.

    The point was "Obviously we are not going to limit our MIP candidate to 20 minutes a game to get Jeff Foster some time"
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    Sarcasm doesn't always come through in print, but I think that was clearly a sarcastic comment. Picture him rolling his eyes with a facetious tone and the comment makes a lot more sense.

    The point was "Obviously we are not going to limit our MIP candidate to 20 minutes a game to get Jeff Foster some time"
    Right, I think we all knew it was actually a sarcastic comment. It was just the fact that it was coming from Jim O'brien and it regarded limiting Hibbert's minutes was cause for notice.

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    Sarcasm doesn't always come through in print, but I think that was clearly a sarcastic comment. Picture him rolling his eyes with a facetious tone and the comment makes a lot more sense.

    The point was "Obviously we are not going to limit our MIP candidate to 20 minutes a game to get Jeff Foster some time"
    Yeah, I see that.

    I really have a hard time believing that he's going to sit Roy and only play him 20 minutes. But why would he even say anything like that knowing its going to be on paper?

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    He could have been making a comment referring to Hibbert's recent foul problems, where we are forced to play him 20 minutes..

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    I don't think sarcasm is the right word, but I don't think he's suggesting anything with that comment.

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    Default Re: Jones rebounds from slow start

    Solo has been the only one hitting the offensive glass on this road trip. He has stood out considerably considering Roy's poor play/lack of minutes.

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    Solo has had a few good games recently but he's killed us in a few games this year as well. If Foster plays versus Solo in the game against the Thunder, I think we win the battle of the boards and that game. Solo wasn't our only problem against Utah but we'd have been better off giving Jeff his 16 minutes where Solo pulled down 1 board and 1 point. Jeff is consistant and if he's healthy as JOB states then he gives the team a better chance of winning then Solo simply because he's a better rebounder, better defender and overall a better player.

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    Yeah, I see that.

    I really have a hard time believing that he's going to sit Roy and only play him 20 minutes. But why would he even say anything like that knowing its going to be on paper?
    Because MOST people can comprehend what he's saying! Jeech!

    People are getting so negative that they are spoiling Pacers Digest! I no longer read threads, I sample. I'm sorry I read most of this one!

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    Because MOST people can comprehend what he's saying! Jeech!

    People are getting so negative that they are spoiling Pacers Digest! I no longer read threads, I sample. I'm sorry I read most of this one!


    I don't understand how to respond. 90% of the time I support Jim- not easy to do, trust me. I know that a lot of things that he does is based on biases and preference of stretch fours and outside shooting, but he is NOT some kind of idiot that knows nothing, IMO. He has done a good job with other teams.- and 98% of the time I support Bird- his actions as GM speak for himself. I am anything but a "troll", at least in my eyes. I really try hard to use no biases.

    But in this one instance, I don't understand why Jim would say something like that, or better yet, why that quote would be quoted in this particular article. It doesn't make very much sense. Better yet, if Jeff is practicing, traveling, etc. I think he should be playing backup C. But that's a different discussion.

    How am I spoiling PD? Again, I'm simply .

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    I don't understand how to respond. 90% of the time I support Jim- not easy to do, trust me. I know that a lot of things that he does is based on biases and preference of stretch fours and outside shooting, but he is NOT some kind of idiot that knows nothing, IMO. He has done a good job with other teams.- and 98% of the time I support Bird- his actions as GM speak for himself. I am anything but a "troll", at least in my eyes. I really try hard to use no biases.

    But in this one instance, I don't understand why Jim would say something like that, or better yet, why that quote would be quoted in this particular article. It doesn't make very much sense. Better yet, if Jeff is practicing, traveling, etc. I think he should be playing backup C. But that's a different discussion.

    How am I spoiling PD? Again, I'm simply .
    I was rather harsh and it wasn't aimed at you, the tone of the thread got to me. Sorry!

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