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Nah. Rose played a spectacular game and some of their other key pieces played well including Noah, Korver and Deng. The Pacers played one of their better games of the year IMO. I expect them to get spanked next game but it's not because the Bulls played poorly tonight. Fact is, Boozer had a tough time dealing with Hans. The rest of their players played pretty good and Rose was his usual excellent.
Yea, both teams played well. Hans got the better end of Boozer, but it wouldn't surprise me if that'll happen throughout the playoffs.
We were disorganized down the stretch. Vogel made some mistakes (no timeout, probably playing George instead of Rush) But this is all stuff to learn from.
Phenomenal game and effort. Danny, TYLER, Darren, and Roy all had great moments, and we had the game. We looked like the Pacers from the 90's.
Don't pinpoint this on Danny's three, Darren's turnover, or Paul's defense. It starts with Rose and ends with Rose.
We are still growing as a team. I expected us to get beat by 25 or so, but hell no. They gave their all and they showed some real raw talent. The announcers kept saying over and over just how young we are.
What about DC's defense? Not too shabby. I thought he played good defense. That's growth.
What about Tyler manhandling Carlos Boozer?
Danny exploding in the third?
I can't wait until they come home on Thursday.
I want us to win 50 games next year. I think that that is a good and reasonable expectation.
This is how a new era for Pacer basketball starts. While we have much better players than we did a few years ago, in a few more years this team is going to be much better than it is today. I'm very pleased with our performance but consider this playoff series merely experience. Rose & Co. will probably challenge for the east if not win it.
That was one hell of a basketball game. I think it stings a bit more to have lead the ENTIRE FREAKING GAME and then lose it in that fashion, but it's still a step in the right direction. This team is going to get noticed if they keep playing like that, and I don't think there's any reason they can't. It's not as though either team played insanely above or below their usual standards.
I'm hoping this can be a fun, competitive series to watch, much like the Bulls/Celtics series a couple years ago. If this team can just turn a few heads on this stage, it'll go a long way towards bringing back the casual fans to the franchise.
Either way, it looks like this team is prepared to give the Bulls everything they've got.
pacers started working the clock the last 4 min. that allowed the bulls to set the defense. plus the pacers just missed some shots. it is silly to start blaming anything other than the pacers inability to make shots. and contain derrick rose. pacers gave up 33 pts in the last quarter.
lots of real reasons for the loss. no need blaming your favorite scapegoat for the loss.
pacers have a good idea of just how hard they will have to play to win. it is up to the players to come back monday and play harder. and play better. pacers are not a good team in the half-court. the coaching staff and players need to figure a way to play better in the half-court. it seems the players stand around too much when the game slows down. earlier in the game, the pacers were playing at a faster pace and guys moved and cut and got open. late in the game, the pacers slowed down and it seemed the guys stopped moving. instead waiting for the clock to run down before starting the offense. that leaves the guys with the ball no one to pass to.
jmo, but i think pacers tightened up down the stretch. young team, things happen. part of the learning process. all in all, a much better effort than i expected.
Wow...so proud of our guys. Great effort and game. Showed we can and will play with the Bulls...Remember this game was on the Bulls home court with an amped up crowd. I live in Chicago, this city is going nuts about the Bulls right now. For our guys to come out like we did...excellent, just excellent! I expect our guys to play just as well on Monday with a definate win within the next 2 games. I don't expect us to win the series, but this series will help us win many series in the future.
For many of these guys, this was their first playoff game. It shouldn't be a surprise that they didn't know how to finish. But this is tremendous growth. Just think about where this team was a year ago, two years ago. Think about where Tyler was a year ago. We were even doubting if he would ever play again. Boy, look at him now.
I know this one hurts, it hurts like hell. But these are growing pains. They're supposed to hurt. So be patient, stick with these guys and enjoy watching them mature. They're only going to get better.
Very proud of this team, but worried about the rest of the series. Hans on the P&P and Granger from 3 carried the offense in the second half. It is unrealistic to expect that kind of shooting every night.
Agreed. The Bulls will come to play in game 2.
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Our defense (aside from a few gaping holes leading to dunks in the first half) was quite good. I think if we apply more pressure on Rose and continue to lock down his supporting cast to the best of our ability, we will give ourselves a chance to win every night.
It's a matter of whether or not we mentally rise to the challenge or wilt. That's the true test.
Wow...so proud of our guys. Great effort and game. Showed we can and will play with the Bulls...Remember this game was on the Bulls home court with an amped up crowd. I live in Chicago, this city is going nuts about the Bulls right now.
I don't know of any city with more obnoxious, bandwagon, booger eating fans than Chicago. Boston is right up there as is New York.