Why was Danny mad?
I hope it wasn't because West was chosen to take the last shot.
For all you dreamers who ever truly considered Granger a great defensive player. You don't become a great defensive player because you make 1 or 3 good plays a game. He is the same he has always been, lazy on defense most of the time and he loses concentration. He doesn't even lock down in crunch time most of the time when 1 possession can make the difference between a win or a loss.
Where has the mental toughness gone? Where has the hard nosed team defense and rebounding (on either end) gone? /QUOTE]
Excellent questions. Wish I had answer. This team started out playing smashmouth, and it has totally disappeared. They have quit doing what got them where they are. Why?
They have quit doing the basics and things that they were previously doing:
*"D" from everyone.
*getting the loose balls.
*Too much standing around gawking instead of moving and cutting to the basket.
*ball movement, making the extra pass to someone with a better shot.
Rebounding... 31 reb and only 6 OR last night. Nene left and against Koufos!
too much individual play... which includes almost everyone.
Not taking care of the ball... laziness.
Fouling too much... the last 2 games close to 30 fouls in each game.
FT shooting on the wane from earlier games.
Too much outside shooting, need more baskets in the paint.
*= most important things needing fixed.
Pacers shot 53% last night and let a team beat them when they were previously beating teams shooting 39% and less, b/c they were doing the things I outlined. They were playing as a team. You continue doing what got you the wins in the 1st place. They have quit doing those things, thus 3 straight losses.
Someone needs to send a memo to Foster he needs to start playing. There were numerous problems in last nights game, and the rebs stick out like a sore thumb. I said in the game thread that I felt if Foster had played the Pacers would have won. He would have gotten more possessions for the Pacers and the Pacers would have won. They lost by 2 baskets which Foster's reb'ing would have easily over come. Not to mention some "D" in the middle.
Yes, Denver has been doing well, BUT they had just lost their last 5 games! They were w/o Gallinari and Nene went out of the game with an injury. This is just an unacceptable loss to me, especially with how the Pacers played.