@AlexKennedyNBA: Huge win for the Jazz over the Thunder. Gordon Hayward had 37 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.
Imagine if we got Hayward instead of the scrub of PG
Weather must have kept some of the pacemates at bay. I only counted 10. The ones that did show seemed to display extra enthusiasm that made up for the missing ones. Hats off, pacemates. Hats off.
wow, Danny Granger is starting to resemble the old him. Instant offense off the bench
A lot of people forgot what a scoring machine Granger was. This idea that he just bombed 3s is nuts. He took a lot of shots, period, not just 3s. He was driving and working the post well his last couple of healthy seasons, including the strike season. He was the FTA guy, not Paul.
And to me we are seeing that come out. In fact Granger had two sure scores in the lane he gave up trying to make the unnecessary extra pass. As he gets up to speed and gets comfortable being more of a primary scorer he'll really reduce the scoring pressure from Paul. He's already allowed the team to weather a pretty nasty slump from Paul.
Scola and BAMF got a lot of TOUGH boards tonight, the kind that help win games. West especially played the rebounds like he was determined to not let this game slip away. It's nice to see so much flexibility from the team, where guys can shift roles/responsabilities as the game requires. West also had one especially nasty block.
That freaking Lance pass, I mean holy s***! And look at the dribble move he put on just before that pass where he threw in a fake hand switch before actually crossing over. As frustrating as he can be he's also become exhilarating to watch.
This team has gotten to a point where a nice output from Hill can go almost unnoticed, and where a bad night from Paul is barely a blip on the radar. I never feel worried about a couple of guys struggling because I just end up focusing on who does have it going and there are always a couple of guys who are on their game with this team.
The Pacers have had trouble with the Pistons and Raptors in a similar way - 1 physical big, 1 skill big, a couple of guards who like to score a lot off their own dribble jumpers. Roy ended up with points, but mostly on fouls. His "inside" game was a couple of spins going to the lane and that was about it. West and Scola did nothing at the rim in the half court. Unlike others, I didn't feel like the Pacers dominated their bigs, I felt like the Pacers got smashmouthed yet again. That worries me a little because it seems likely that the Pacers will catch either the Pistons or the Raps in the playoffs.
This is why I was so happy to see the toughness with West and Scola rebounding. The Raps didn't really try to attack the low post, but they were able to drive attack at will and that led to a lot of easy scores near the rim. They didn't get away with being as physical as they were in Toronto at least.
The Pistons and the Raptors are a concern in regards to how they can negate some of what we do, but the flip side is, when our defense is locked in, they're just not going to outscore us 4 out of 7 times. At least, I really doubt it.
Any EC team (short of Miami) that faces us in a 7 game series cannot honestly have illusions of winning.
They could try to catch us with a hot shooting night and steal a win, maybe two.
But for the Pacers to lose a SERIES to any team but the Heat in the EC Playoffs this year (and even then...) would be an absolutely MASSIVE upset.
We're that good. And built for playoff play. Neither of those teams make me even flinch.
**** Bynum. For the Heat to beat us they need to get their hands on T-Ross. He was hounding PG every second of this game, using his fouls (and not-fouls) to frustrate the hell out of our superstar. Plus, the Raps showed really hard on the pick and rolls that they could. Paul can't quite put his head down and have something happen like Bron can. Very good example of a concerted effort to stop him; if contenders aren't taking notes, they should be. Why is Casey now a good coach I don't understand!
Ian Report: I didn't expect that jumper to go down but he gets a "bad kitty!" for missing both of those free throws. In fact, it directly caused a turnover on the next possession as Luis hesitated to pass to the open Mahinmi and instead turned it over. His D was strong most of the night and he set some good screens (like the one that got Danny that open not-three). But that misread on the Patterson dunk post-Scola matadoring was maybe his worst defensive play of the season. He may have been frustrated at the ridiculous call that Patterson had previously gotten and shot free throws for jumping on top of Mahinmi after missing a floater, but he has to be there for the challenge or the charge. I'm giving him a 'D+'; I know it's harsh, but his job is to be invisible and he wasn't. Merci, Ian.
I know this isn't news to anyone but I feel like saying it anyway. We have struggled the last few games because our star player has struggled the past few games.
When Paul George goes back to being automatic inside the arc and above average outside the arc like has has been all season long until this recent struggle we will make teams like this bleed (figuratively speaking).
The idea that our starting forwards are Paul George & David West to only be backed up by an ever improving Danny Granger & Luis Scola is obscene.
Hell our practices are probably harder for our own front court players than 80% of the NBA is to them.
Anyway Paul will get back on track and we will continue on being a rampaging Juggernaut.
Also, there doesn't appear to be a gif of that amazing flop by Lance after he was fouled by Lowry at the end of the first half. A swan dive that I cannot fully express my delight in seeing. If anyone finds a good quality version of it, you will receive 44 internet points. (This is actually the play I mean; not embedding since it's terribly filmed and kind of angry..)
I did find his pass to Hill though.
Are we ever going to see a lineup of- Stephenson/PG24/DG33/West/Hibbert?
If G-Hill is struggling, wouldn't that lineup be way more effective against the Heat?
"It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."
----------------- Reggie Miller
If your starting point guard can't complete a pass on 3 on 1 fast break you have a problem.. G hill must go , be benched or traded, the offense looks boring and slow when he is running the show he has no vision no creativity... Can pass... He is not a starting point guard.... In other news great way to grind out Another win pacers
DG for 3
"I like our group of people," Ainge told USA Today. "I'm trying to teach them about basketball, and they're trying to teach me about analytics."
If your starting PF goes 2-6 from the field, you have a problem.
If your starting SF goes 4-12 from the field, you have a problem.
If your starting C goes 2 games and only grabs 5 boards in those games, you have a problem.
If your starting SG bricks all of his 3PT attempts, you have a problem.
Snip - don't need that