OK I just got back from the game and here are a few thoughts, not trying to do a Peck impersonation, just thought I'd give you a few tid-bits that might not have been obvious on TV -
1) If Edwards stunk any worse, they would have evacuated the building due to the fumes. The ultimate bad sign? My wife doesn't even follow basketball and she kept saying "What the hell is that number 54 guy doing?!" She said it over and over and over.
2) Gill stepped up - but wasted alot of his time telling Edwards what to do on the court. Some things you can't teach. Don't know if this was obvious from TV, but it was frustrating from the stands.
3) If you have the ball and the game is on the line, you have to shoot, pass or drive, not hold the ball and look around. Edwards, I'm talking to you.
4) Johnsen - dammit - DUNK THE BALL. Don't miss easy layups - If you can stuff it, STUFF IT!
5) Haislip had been on the team for 6 whole hours and actually hustled and showed promise - and stuffed it when he had the chance, unlike Johnsen. Good pickup.
6) Pollard's full-body, burnt rust colored, open collared leisure suit was unbelieveable. TV just can't give the funk respect. Whoa.
7) It was nearly as heartbreaking watching Harrison limp to the locker room at halftime as it was watching him walk from one top of the key to the other top of the key while the Clips made their run in the 3rd. Every now and then a Pacer would take off the warm-ups and stand by the scorer's table, and Harrison would just look at Carlisle with this kind of pleading look instead of following the ball. When I saw only 7 players in the shoot around (someone else suited up but I'm not sure who) I thought, "how can it be worse?" Folks, it just got worse.
8) Freddie's driving skills are undeniable - wish he had done it just a little more.
9) JJ's ability to get open and nail it from past the arc are undeniable - wish he had done it just a little more.
10) Staples during a Clips game was the quietest venue I've ever been in. You could hear an old man pass gas in there.
11) The most exciting moment of the night happened during a time out around the start of the fourth quarter. A pudgy looking guy in a baseball cap was brought to half court for a chance to win a new Dodge Magnum - you've seen this before. Remember when you were a kid, and your coach talked about visualizing the ball from the release in front of your eyes to the back of the rim? This guy took an UGLY-A$$ studder-step running shuffle and launched the ball like a two handed pass - not from his eyes, but from somewhere between his belly-button and the top of his beer gut. He let it go from about half court........and it hit nothing but net. The crowd EXPLODED! The Pacers' players lost their concentration from the noise - looking up instead of listening to Carlisle. The game officially got away from that very moment.
12) I love the Pacers and their heart, and I don't ever remember having an opportunity to see every member of a bench actually show their stuff by starting. For what it's worth, I appreciate the experience of watching these guys play live. And the guys out on the court will be the first to tell you, it may have never happened otherwise.