You know your night is ****ed when Petro hits a teardrop.
You know your night is ****ed when Petro hits a teardrop.
Sans Granger, we are certainly worse than them. The Grizzlies are contenders in the West. There's no shame in being worse than a contender without your best player. When Granger returns we will be just like them. Contenders in the East in the same manner that they are contenders in the West. Not by star power but by building an amazing starting 5 and wearing our opponents down with our physicality.
Therefore, I wouldn't say that the Grizzlies are the better us. They are the healthy us. I look at them and see a reflection of my beloved Pacers
But since the Grizzlies are so much like the Pacers, I know one thing. There's always a chance against them. They don't blow teams out. They are prone to scoring droughts. And we match up well with them because we're so similar. They surely have the upper hand. But we finally get a good team in OUR court. We're good against them when we're playing in OUR court. We just cannot get it done away from home without our best player.
I expect a dog fight. I expect a very physical and defensive-minded game. I don't expect either team to break the 100 point mark. I expect it to be close. I expect to love it
I just don't get the whole "being abused" notion. That's all. You've expressed the opinion that we are not good as good as a rebounding team as we currently seem. You said earlier that this game will prove your point and that you expect us to be heavily out-rebounded. If the rebounding battle ends up close what are you going to say?
All the people who say Hibbert is better than Marc Gasol may get a brutal taste of medicine on Monday afternoon.
Man man man. What is to be done with Hibbert? He typically plays better than average defense, but he's an absolute liability on the other end of the court. He can't be 1 dimensional-- he's not Ben Wallace out there, with strength and quickness. If he can't make it happen on both ends of the court, this franchise is fcked for 4-5 yrs. Or more. I think the guy is a joke. Complete joke.
West value is never going to be this high.
@PeterVecsey1: Last astounding stat courtesy of Roy Hibbert who performed like a hobbit in L 2 Atl: 1R, 0-2 FG, 21M. Would pay 2 hear Mel Daniels' thoughts
How many legit opportunities did Roy have to get a rebound, I remember him coming out to challenge shots (thus taking away from the basket) and ATL didn't miss much at all in the first half. What was it, like 60 something percent, not many rebounds up for grabs. Plus, we shot the ball well also, decreasing offensive rebounds. I know that 1 rebound is still bad, but, there wasn't much room for improvement in this game. I don't really recall any times he got outright beat for one ( I'm sure he did though, maybe a couple).
As for his points, he only took two (that's 2) shots. One was like an 18 footer I believe. And with the team already doing well shooting, why would he demand touches.
So yea, box score looks terrible, but he wasn't used/needed on offense, and didn't have many rebounding chances, and he only played 21 minutes. I actually felt that we needed him in the last few minutes.
Well, just my 2 cents.
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Atlanta is a major bogey team for us we can never seem to beat them.
i would be worried if we came up against them in the playoffs.
Counting down the days untill DJ Augustin's contract expires.
Well, I'll just disagree. How many times have you heard that rebounding (and defense) is all about effort and desire ?? I'll say that Hibbert never put himself in a position to get a rebound and/or just didn't want to work hard enough to get one.
The majority of the games, he's the biggest guy on the court. A little effort, a little desire, a little hard work and he wouldn't be putting up so many of these 'WTF' games. So typical - get the big contract, kick back and relax. Look at some of the games from last year - when he was working to get the big contract. Completely different player than he is this year. He doesn't need coaching to turn things around - he needs a good, solid kick in the - choose a body part.
My take on this game, specifically, was that Atlanta was shooting lights-out. They were just having a night where every shot was falling. Our defense could've been a little better, but, they were hitting EVERYTHING! Atlanta won't have too many nights like that. Meanwhile, we would get open looks, and miss.
Hibbert played absolutely horrible. No way around it. Let alone scoring, he didnt even get rebounds.
I really wished NBA contracts were not 100% guaranteed
"So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.
I think some people take for granted the fact that we're still missing out most accomplished scorer from this team. I agree that our record against teams over .500 is alarming, but I'd think that ANY team that is missing their best perimeter scorer will struggle against good teams. Especially on the road.
We have been losing to quality opponents, but it's not like we've been getting blown out of the water--or seeming like we cannot compete with that level of competition. Once Danny comes back and everything gets adjusted, we should be able to see where this team truly is. I will say this though, if we are in the running for a 4 seed by the time Danny is back; then we will be in pretty good shape.
I'll also admit, if Roy isn't blocking shots at the rim and rebounding, then he's not a factor at this point. We've lost all confidence in his post ability (rightfully so) and he's making that contract look worse and worse everyday. Hopefully he brings that elite rim protecting defense against MEM.
To be honest, Memphis is my 2 fav team. I don't see the Pacers winning this game. Would love to see it, but I wouldn't bet on it.
The biggest problem Memphis has is they don't have a bench. They have a "worse" bench than the Pacers! Until they do get a bench, they'll only be contender, but they won't win the WCF let alone the NBA finals. They have paid Z-BO, Gay, Gasol, and Conley to where they don't have the money for a bench. Thus the reason Mayo is gone as they didn't have the money to re-sign him.
The odd part is that the Pacers are getting into the same situation. They just gave Hibbert a max contract, gave Hill a new contract, have Granger at 13 mil, and need to re-sign DWest this off season, and PG the next. There is no way the Pacers can afford to do this and keep all 5. OKC couldn't sign Harden and had to trade him b/c of the money they had wrapped up in Durant, Ibaka, Westfall, and Perkins; and I don't see how the Pacers can keep their potential starting 5 either. You either need an owner willing to pay the LT or 3 stars and numerous low paid ring chasers like the Heat have.
You simply can't be a max contract player and have performances like this. Roy got paid, now he needs to bring it every night consistently. No one's asking for 20 and 10 every night, just consistency.
To put things in perspective. The Chicago Bulls are 5 - 10 in this over .500 "statistic". 3 of those wins are in the United Center. They beat Minnesota, Brooklyn and New York there. The other 2 wins are on the road against Milwaukee and New York.
Oh, and apparently we're 3 - 11 in this stat at the moment. Portland went over .500 last night and thus inflated that stat again. I have to note that our 3 - 11 is better than Brooklyn's 3 - 12.