Jared Wade: Pacers Shellshock the Heat
As Sidney Deane said, you either smoke, or you get smoked — and you god smooked.
“Two times,” added Wyclef.
It’s the regular season and all that so probably shouldn’t read too too much into all this,
but it was quite the display for a team coming off a discouraging road trip and maybe
down on itself a little bit. A win over the champs has to help this team get back on track,
and perhaps a performance like this is what it needs to kickstart the offense. The Pacers
scored as well as they have this season against a good team.
David West has never lacked for confidence, but a game like this just further proves that
he can’t be stopped by players that can’t match his physicality. That should do wonders
for this team’s overall psyche if it faces Miami again this postseason.
Meanwhile … Paul George. Jeez. These are his “bad” games now.
Really not much more you can say.
There was nothing that is super impressive in terms of stats, but his overall demeanor
and decision to remain uber-agressive really show how rapidly his game has growth since
the beginning of the year. He has never, ever been this confident. Maybe inwardly, but it
has never been on display as it is almost every night now. His ball-handling lapses, while
still there, don’t seem there. If that makes sense. Once, they always seemed to be in the
back of his mind, and the result was a default passivity that preferred open jumpers to
having the ball in his hands.
The kid still loves his threes but he doesn’t seem to have that preference anymore. He
knows he has these big bear claws and he seems fine to let the defender chose their
mauling location. His entire approach to the game right now is one of the more enjoyable
things to watch in the entire NBA.
On both ends.
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