After this win, i better not see Chris Paul ahead of PG on the MVP rankings.
Great win, but I think the Pacers made it tough on themselves with the defensive assignments late in the game. No way i'd have Lance guarding Crawford. That should have been PG the whole time. Jared Dudley isn't going to out match Lance like Jamal Crawford was doing.
David West put on a clinic for Griffin, he was fired up. Dude was just moving Griffin to where-ever he wanted in the post.
Clippers get away with ton of illegal screens all game long. Either CP3 starts the PNR before the big is set or the big just keeps shuffling his feet on the screen.
I knew we would win this game, Clippers do not have enough defense of half-court offense to compete with a well disciplined team like the Pacers.
You can't get champagne from a garden hose.
Pacers have the ESPN NBA front page :-)
Good is the enemy of Great
We're changing the identity of our basketball team -- dramatically. We're a power post team -- a blood-and-guts, old-school, smash-mouth team that plays with size, strength, speed and athleticism. We attack the basket. . . . This is the new identity of our team. It was a great effort. I'm very proud of our guys."
-- Frank Vogel.
The Clippers had only lost once this year at home. They got away with murder most of the game pushing and pulling...so it's no surprise. Also, their small ball was pretty effective...but I think by playoff time, their nickname will be Sob City. They are not cut out for the post season.
Dudley didn't play in the 4th quarter. I just checked it in ESPN's play-by-play.
The Clippers went with a Collison-Crawford-Bullock line-up to start the 3rd and then they replaced Bullock with Chris Paul halfway through the quarter.
PG on Crawford, Hill on DC and Lance on Bullock would work. PG on Crawford, Hill on CP3 and Lance on DC was tricky.
That Chris Paul George Hill guy really came up big tonight.
Here is a very nice article on ESPN about tonight's game. By Arnovitz:
http://espn.go.com/nba/dailydime/_/p...hows-16-1-markLOS ANGELES -- Three times on Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan went airborne to catch a floating lob from Chris Paul, then ravaged the rim to consummate the alley-oop.
The Indiana Pacers never called timeout to quell the momentum or the invigorated Staples Center crowd. They price plays like these into the game, so they shrugged it off and moved on.
"We're not going to be able to take that lob away," Pacers small forward Paul George said. "It's part of their team's whole motto. It's something we have to give up. We're not going to give up 3s. We're not going to let their shooters get hot. We're going to do a good job of staying home and protecting the paint."
The way the Pacers see it, these moments are emotional boosts for your opponent only if you let them be. Indiana happily yielded a few style points to the Clippers in exchange for a 105-100 win, its 16th victory in 17 outings out of the gate.
The starting unit was typically stingy, giving up only 45 points on 50 possessions. George, Roy Hibbert, David West, Lance Stephenson and George Hill are the league's best defensive high-usage lineup -- and over the past two seasons have established the most dominant defense since the halcyon days of the Celtics' new Big Three.
That's why Pacers coach Frank Vogel never considered implementing Hack-a-DeAndre when the Clippers staged a comeback in the fourth quarter.
"We're the best defense in the world," Vogel said. "We trust our ability to get stops."
When a defense has convictions, it doesn't need gimmicks. When guarding the half court, the Pacers are essentially error-free. Snipers like Clippers' supersub Jamal Crawford are rarely left unaccounted for in transition. On the off chance the opponent finds a good shot against the Pacers, it's usually an unforced error. Indiana leverages Hibbert's presence inside by smothering the perimeter. For some teams, playing up and closing hard on shooters presents the risk of a blow-by, but Hibbert is the league's best insurance policy.
"I tell the guys, if they get beat, I'll be there to clean it up," Hibbert said.
It's a style more in line with vintage Spurs' defenses and Stan Van Gundy's Magic teams built around Dwight Howard. The Pacers avoid rotations at all costs -- alley-oops be damned -- and deploy their length to patrol the gaps and to close mercilessly, a strategy made easier when a 7-foot-2 rim protector with razor-sharp instincts lies in wait.
Prior to the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers characterized the Pacers as a team that's "over themselves." Egos have been sublimated for a larger good, and the result has been the kind of tranquility that generally surrounds only the best, most self-possessed teams. The offense still needs to prove it can run efficiently for long stretches, but the Pacers have the texture of a contender.
I really like PG's, Frank's and Hibbert's quotes.
Pretty excited for tomorrows game, Lakers unfortunately not putting much of a contest.
eh, i'll take 16-1
"We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.
anybody else feel sorry for Darren Collison? He was one of us, and we have exploded since his departure. DC was only a Pacer for two seasons, but it seems like he was a Pacer longer than that
No bums for 2016-217
Mad props to the guy behind the bench with the Stipanovich jersey .
I was getting pretty irritated by some embarrassing turnovers throughout the game as I watched via DVR tonight, and towards the end I was worried that might do us in when it stayed so close, but in the end we yet again demonstrated how good we've become in playoff-style situations and just got the damn job done. This team is mighty.
I haven't seen the Pacers in the scenario to try and use such a thing, but I hope the Pacers never go to a hack-a-player or those sorts of gimmicks.
----------------- Reggie Miller
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Trapping a player is much different, that's done all the time, that's a basketball play as I'd say; not too normal for NBA but still resembles a basketball game.
The same things occur in football, mostly when coaches decide its "better" to let a team score a TD to get the ball back with more time on the clock. I don't think I've ever seen it work successfully, it almost did when the Giants "accidently" scored the game winning TD against the Pats in the Super Bowl. Imagine if the RB doesn't score, they run the clock down, and the Giants botch the FG or get it blocked, it would've been one of the dumbest things ever done.
Luckily the Pacers have the best defense clearly in the NBA so I don't think it will ever come to that sort of thing.
----------------- Reggie Miller
Not gonna lie, I almost just copied and pasted this and put "Odd Thoughts" on it and just leave it as my post for the night. One GIF made every single word I wrote look sick. (sick in a bad way, not in a cool way).
This is now officially my second favorite GIF right behind 50cent.
Not many Teams can do this, but this is why we have length at all of our positions.....we can afford to shift GH and Lance over to the other Wing spots while PG24 hounds the opposing point Guard.
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