One game does not concern me, but I am concerned about something that I consider very important and it has concerned me all season.
Let me lead into this, by saying, having a good and deep bench is great, a bench that can sustain the level of play of the starters is a huge help.
However, at some point in almost every game it becomes winning time, crunch time. In the last 5 or 6 minutes most games are won and lost. Pacers all season have done a good job overall pulling most of those games out at "winning time".
Now that I have set my premise up, let me get to the point by asking a question.
Is a lineup of:
Is that lineup good enough at winning time against playoff teams to advance far in the playoffs.
Is that lineup big enough?
Is the defense by the guards good enough?
Those are my biggest concerns about this team. The bench is fine, the coaching is great.
But the recent games against the Knicks and Hornets showed the Pacers to be maybe too small and not good enough defensively in the backcourt.
The question is what can be done about it, do you play Foster or even Pollard more at crunch time and play AL less. Should the Pacers go with their better defensive backcourt of Freddie and AJ [size=9:fc3c5c632e]sorry Rag[/size]. Not sure if that is the answer as teams will double and sag more on Ronnie and J.O even more if Foster and Freddie are in the game and yes the offense does not run as smoothly when Tinsley is out.
Should be interesting to see if the Pacers can overcome these two weaknesses
I do worry about this though.