DJ with 23 (21 in 4th) in the Bulls win
The Bulls will be tough but I still don't think they have a chance vs us or Miami.
"See how stupid those fans sound complaining about the officials. That is one reason why I hate when Pacers fans complain about the refs - does not come across well at all, no matter the merit. "
Raptors are quite good. I'd much rather play the Bulls than the Raps
Bulls will be a much tougher out for the Heat than us, has Derrick Rose ruled out a playoff return?
Monta Ellis will be a star for the Blue & Gold.
Guys .... come on .... really?
We're playing for a Championship!
To win it, earn it. Play the best, beat the best, have a parade, bring home that banner and wear that ring.
I fear no one. I hope they all bring it.
Bulls remind me of Memphis for the last few years. Can't win a championship but can ruin another teams chance at a championship.
The score in the Atlanta-Phoenix game is 65-79.
Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.
As far as looking towards future seasons, I think a playoff berth this year could really help the Pistons and Bobcats in the long term more than a high lottery pick would. Similar to our '11 playoff series vs the Bulls. I think both teams have more talent than their current record shows and the experience of the higher intensity level of the playoffs would be a huge benefit for them next year during the regular season as well as the post season.
Teams that don't have a great PG or an elite creator IMO cannot beat us and typically don't trouble. Chicago doesn't have one of these. Noah is doing an amazing job, but I just don't see that getting Chicago more than a game against us personally. We have way too many matchup advantages. Especially on the wing, ET, Lance, PG will absolutely murder their trio.
This week could be CRUCIAL in the battle for the best record. Miami starts out probably their toughest stretch remaining of the season tonight.
vs. Charlotte tonight, then tomorrow @Houston, then Thursday @San Antonio, then Sunday @Chicago, and then they come home to play Washington next Monday and the Wiz are playing pretty well.
We have during that same time period
Home vs. GSW tomorrow, @CHAR Wednesday, @Houston Friday, @Dallas Sunday
If we can go 3-1 and Miami goes 2-3 (not out of the realm possibility IMO), we would be 49-14 next Monday night and they would be 44-17. Either way I think we need to win 3 out of this next 4. If we do any worse than that over this week I'd be getting more concerned about the 1 seed especially if Miami goes 3-2 or better.
The question isn't do we want to play the Bulls in the second round. The quesiton is do we want to play the Bulls or the Raptors. Assumng both teams are the same as they are now, I would rather play the Raptors in the second round without question .
So, with Perry Jones starting for the Thunder Kevin Durant is their second shortest player in the lineup.
My prediction: Solomon Hill is going to lead the team in Surprisingly Good Plays for the year. -10/29/2014
So for my own clarification, are those of you who are talking about the Pacers hopefully avoiding the Bulls in the playoffs thinking they're going to make us too tired or hurt to beat Miami later on, that they'll upset us, or are those both concerns?