I've addressed this multiple times already. The Heat have won two straight titles and routinely take it easy during the regular season. They get the benefit of the doubt because of their postseason success.
The Pacers don't have the track record yet to get a pass especially since they have specifically stated they want the #1 seed.
Last edited by hoosierguy; 12-24-2013 at 12:19 AM.
One improvement Lance has made is that he's upping his level of play on the road. He'd already upped it at home. He needs to maintain a level of consistency on the road. It doesn't have to be 'this' good like tonight though...
His energy is infectious. Not just to the team but to the fans too. And when you have a player that likes passing the ball like he does and making plays, that is also infectious.
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."
I hate Paul Pierce that is all
(oh yes great win)
Sucks that we have to wait till Saturday to see them play again.
Just going over the Nets roster, I realized that I strongly dislike most of their players. Screw Plumlee, screw Pierce, screw Garnett, screw Deron Williams, screw Andray Blatche, and the biggest middle finger to their drunk-driving, wife-beating head coach. If they were relevant I would probably hate that team, but since they are nothing I can't really care about them.
Every game like this I grow more and more arrogant with the Pacers. It's getting to the point where other NBA teams outside of Miami, OKC, San Antonio, and Portland are hard to watch because they are just so much worse at basketball than the Pacers.
I liked and respected the Celtic versions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (though I'm sure I would have quickly learned to hate them if the Pacers had ever matched up against them in the playoffs over the last couple years), but watching them right now in Brooklyn uniforms is just pathetic.
KG's career unofficially ended when freaking Andrea Bargnani was serving him up with trash talk a couple of weeks ago. That spoke volumes about KG's current place on the totem pole. No one respects that clown anymore and his whole intense act is just a sad parody of itself at this point. If his career were a dog, then he's at the stage where he's a 16 year old with cataracts that's going to the bathroom uncontrollably in the house. It's time to put KG's career out of its misery.
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The poster in question does the same thing on the Colts forum as well, it's pretty annoying.
Paul Pierce's first scoreless game since 1999.
I never liked KG to begin with or Pierce for that matter but I agree those two are done and should just accept it. Even a crippled Kobe right now appears more effective than they've been in the few games he played this season.
Of course when it comes to Pierce a large part of my annoyance with him is his incessant need to throw his chewed gum at fans here.
sure is fun having a great team to follow again. they have come so very far from the days of running stretch 4 for 48 minutes.
no murphy/posey ball to leave me feeling sick and depressed!
instead, we have a well-balanced squad that can hurt you from multiple angles and the defense is routinely great and often suffocating.
Lance keeps impressing me. There's just no way we can let him go.
And my offseason idea was to trade Lance since he is a hot commodity and could land you a top 5 pick, giving you talent back (hopefully) and a badly needed salary break. The reasoning is that you couldn't get near the same value for an old, returning from injury Danny as you could for an up and coming talent, not that I hated Lance's game or anything.
But even in that thinking it's still a disaster now as he's blown past anything you could reasonably expect from a top 5 pick (ie, you can get better but the odds are against it). We saw Danny and Paul show dramatic improvements, but somehow Lance has outdone both of them. It's very enjoyable to see him finding a real NBA game to sprinkle his street game onto. Just two years ago he wasn't a strong shooter and had very little rhyme or reason to the spectacle he tried to put on most nights. Now, even with the flash and shimmies, he's making brilliant basketball choices. That's the part that should be emphasized because that had been how he used to waste his talent - poor choices.
This isn't just Lance getting older, this maturity takes work and a good environment. I've heard others say it as well as myself, you couldn't just put Lance on any NBA team 2 years ago and get this kinda game out of him. This is an ideal situation for him, tailored to his needs when it comes to real growth.
So 4 games now Ian has looked like the "holy smokes, he could almost start instead of Roy" version that we kept seeing glimpses of but never really saw for a full game. It's not just his hands. His blocks and rebounds have been those of a guy really locking into an awareness of his role and the flow of the game. Dare I say that the Detroit game was Ian's "PG24 in GSW" game? He and Roy really got a reality check vs Monroe and Drummand and you'd almost think he took it really personal.
The interior passing is through the roof. I've noticed them starting to really work off West cutting to the FT line for backdoor passes (like against post fronting and QB pointed out a game or two ago) and even when guys haven't been ready you are seeing the attempt to make that one final passing step that leads to dynasty kinda offense. I told Trader Joe that to me it's a thing that will look sloppy for a bit, but by March/April it will be a huge strength.
Transitions!!! After a decade or more of watching transitions being blown, this roster is starting to really work a multi-player transition pretty well. Even last year and some of this year they tended to just have one guy drive it the entire length on a break. But lately they've been getting more adventurous with transition passes. The Watson-Lance combo was especially nice.
Overall this team doesn't look like a team trying to figure out their identity or how to play. They look like a team that knows what they can do on a simplistic level and is now really interested in pushing itself farther in terms of true team interaction. It so reminds me of the kind of ball you'd see out of the 80's Lakers/Celts/Bad Boys and to a lesser extent Jordan's Bulls (they leaned on him more than those other 3 teams leaned on one star).
The Pacers should just use a clown car to introduce the team because it's like dangerous players just keep popping out endlessly. The number of guys that can really hurt you, and at either end, is incredible.
Also it sucked to see Granger not yet ready to handle a back to back. Not that we should expect it, just that it sucked watching the game that probably had to happen for Danny as part of his recovery. At least he gets some days to recover and now he's put that first back to back behind him. Once he's up to speed and you have a serious threat from Paul, Lance and Danny, how do you stop it? Any one of them can clearly light up the board in a hurry and that doesn't even address the risk of Hill, West, Scola and Hibbert to score.
They could very well be dialed in by the time they see Miami again, and those last 2 games could really change the Vegas odds drastically.
Not sure if anyone was watching the Brooklyn broadcast, but it was really sad. Blowing out the Rockets and the Celtics was fun because those are two teams on the way up and we just killed them. But this was a funeral without any eulogies. There was a point in the broadcast where they "interviewed" Joe Johnson about Brook's season ending injury. The color guy described it as "Joe getting punched in the stomach after every question". I wasn't even mad at the Pierce flagrant-2, almost kind of expected it. Right now, the Nets look like what New York City streets smell like. Kind of a bummer to be honest.
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