gotta love a young team. the jazz did something new, a nice little trap, and pacer kids had no clue what to do, missed a couple of shots and then started to panic. i for one will be glad when they start learning how to deal with adversity.
Yes we had some scattered good looks in there we missed, but overall there was a lot of iso and very little ball and player movement. For the most part tonight, when we forced the defense to move with multiple passes and player movement, we were successful.
So, not hitting shots and having someone on the second unit who individually is a strong passer to me are much less important than keeping the ball and players moving crisply. I would add I think FG let the starters play to long into the 3rd quarter and could have used a timeout or two more effectively to try and break some momentum of Jazz runs and regroup.
I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.
I think any chance for consistent, improved attendance will only come when it's obvious we secure a high enough seed for home court or possibly until once we win a series.
Maybe it will happen sooner, but the weeknight crowds seem pretty weak. Post-Super Bowl hangover?
I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.
http://espn.go.com/nba/attendance , we are still pretty low on the list but just last year our attendence was almost 1,000 people lower. If we continue this steady winning by next year I would expect to see us in the middle of the pack if not higher. Also we haven't played the Lakers, Heat, or Bulls at home yet like many other teams have had to spike up attendence. The teams we have played at home are Detroit, Cleveland, Charolette, Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, New Jersey, Orlando. With the exception of Orlando and Boston none of those teams are pulling any fans. The good news is all 14,500 people we are averaging are there to see the Pacers and the Pacers alone.
Gordon Hayward killed the Pacers during the Jazz run. He made shots, great passes, and good defense.
I was reading a Jazz forum some minutes ago and even they felt that this team deserved a better attendance.
Also, great win tonight. Glad that the guys bounced back
With the Pacers current style, Collison needs to be a leader and get the players in the right position to run the offense which he's done a good job doing. But since he's also one of our best shooters, I just wish he could be a little more aggressive offensively like he was tonight. Until we surround Collison with more shooters, he needs to continue being a vocal presence on the court and directing guys how to best feed the big men.
Croz you are defending DC when this wasn't even about him, its about the poor passing on our second unit which shoots tons of jumpers many by people who need to be passing.
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tyler is turning into a bit of a whiner though. not the only one on the team. if the pacers are not careful, they will get a reputation as chronic complainers.
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I was able to watch most of the game, but was also bowling poorly at the same time the big lead disappeared. I do recall a nice pass from Hans to a cutting DJones for an And 1 play. I like that the guys on the bench are aggressive, but it's painfully obvious that to be successful, they HAVE to move the ball well. They are bench players for a reason - namely, they aren't dominating in any way. So someone needs to tell them to stop trying to play one-on-one and work together. There is enough talent there to be one unstoppable force. But they've got to work together for it.
As far as the starters go tonight: Danny came up big in the 4th, Hibbert was solid with 17/10 and good defense as always. And Collison I'm a BIG fan of Collison, as I've mentioned a number of times, and I'm convinced that with more time and good coaching, he's going to be very good. He has the confidence of this team and I think he plays with an understanding of his role and how the offense should run, and he plays within that. Also, very nice to see Paul George continue to contribute more and hit some big shots (like the 3 from straight out).
On the down side...David West, where were you tonight?
Overall, despite pissing away a huge lead with a little bit of sloppy play and a cold streak, it's another good win and the train keeps rollin'!
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also, FWIW the officiating of this game was horrible. and the officiating crew just didn't seem to care what anyone thought. very strange. most of the time, officials will listen and explain what they saw/called. these guys just and walked away.