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2011 NBA Playoffs: (3) Dallas vs. (6) Portland - Page 3
I just think that if Dirk is just best player you don't have a chance to win a championship.
What do you mean 'no chance'. They were up 2-0 in the Finals. Sounds like a chance to me.
The problem isn't Dirk. He's been ridiculously good and clutch for the last 5 years. It's that their second option is... who? Peja Stojakovic in this series? Kidd overall? Maybe Marion one game out of 10? With Butler healthy, they are fine. Now, they have no depth and the starting lineup isn't that great either.
Recently they even tried to play Kidd at 2, that's just miserable.
Back when the Trail Blazers sucked and had a bunch of bad guys, no one wanted to go to their games.
Now that they're winning, they fill the place every game.
The Pacers are not in any kind of rivalry with anyone in the area. They have the fans. They only rival who they play to get wins.
To be fair, Blazers fans started tuning them out when they were still a playoff team. The 99-01 stretch was brutal for their local image. But that's a very specific situation, an exception, when the players do everything they can to get the fans disgusted. It was much worse than the Pacers in the thug era.
Overall, I agree. I see no reason why Pacers can't regain attendances. It won't be easy, but it's possible. If Memphis can get those huge recent crowds, with smaller city, warmer weather, huge unemployment rate, and lots of ways to spend your evenings, then so can the Pacers.