Frank Vogel says "Killer instinct, start strong, build a lead and then step on their throats."
I'll re-watch the game shortly (I missed a large part of it because the game started 2 hours before the New Year in Greece and thus I had to leave and celebrate) and I'll try to focus on his rebounding. It happens this time. It's important to note that Roy is almost never the designated rebounder on the defensive end for our team. That's usually the role of our wings. They are the ones that are supposed to go up and grab the rebound after our bigs contest the shot and box out the opposing big man. So, I don't really blame him for that.
However, Varejao did have 6 offensive rebounds and Tristan Thompson had 4 offensive rebounds so a minor gripe for that is probably fair.
I don't see why some people say that Lance had a below par game, by the way. Sure, he didn't score 20+ points but he didn't took 15 shots either. He missed all of the 3s that he took but he had a pretty good game apart from that. Oh, and he only had 4 rebounds instead of his usual 6-7 but that's mostly because he picked up some quick fouls and played a little less than he usually does (he played 32 minutes and his average for this month is 35.3 minutes). I mean, he did have 8 assists and 0 turnovers. That's pretty awesome.
When you are getting blocks its hard to get back and rebound, Roy had 5 blocks again today and who knows how many "oh crap Roy is there let me back out of here" blocks. But I would like to see more boards from him.
Great win and close until the 4th quarter. I was at the game and ran into Slick Leonard and got a picture with him so that was icing on the cake.
Larry Bird and Ryan Grigson- wasting the talents of Paul George and Andrew Luck
And here's another place where I clearly don't understand "just chucking". DG did shoot 4 threes and missed them, but he hit 3 other shots and went to the line 3 times not on being fouled on the perimeter but heading to or at the basket. I can't think of another player scoring 12 points on 7 shots who would be just a chucker. Isn't it the guys who take twice as many shots as points scored who get that label?
Therefore, I have to assume this is about the zero assists. All I can say is that Danny was most definitely passing - a couple of times too many if you ask me, since I think he passed up some great shot opportunities in favor of sharing.
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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...
The worst player on the court was Anthony Bennett. He has to be one of, if not the worst rookie playing in the league this year. I would seriously rather have Solomon Hill than this guy
Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel
I love how this team doesn't have to have a great game by any one person to win. The fact that you have to account for every Pacer on the floor on both offense and defense just flat wares the other team out. That is a big reason that the Pacers are so dominate in the 2nd half.
FWIW, Lance leads the NBA in rebounds/game for guards at 6.7. The next closest guard averages 5.4/game.