Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.
Even when Paul is terrible offensively last night he made an impact. Switching him on to Lillard was key. Lillard didn't do much except when Paul almost stole the ball on an inbound and it bounced to him. And then the garbage time 3 with them down 5. Let's be excited that we are so good and stacked that we can beat an elite team when our 2 all stars are having their worst scoring games of the year and our top playmaker is in streetclothes. We have an amazing TEAM. I want to see Hill play more like a shooting guard on a regular basis. He is such an underrated scorer. I hope tonight cemented that mindset in Hill. He is capable of abusing smaller point guards in the block. I want to see that utilized vs. Chalmers and Colw when the time comes. Also if Hill can increase his role as needed it may soften the blow if god forbid we cannot retain Lance. He's a baller, in a dif situation noone would complain about his 8 mil.
Yes, and go back the last 10-12 games. He didn't have premier defenders guarding him every one of those games.
He's pushing himself to be "THE MAN" when he has fellow players to whom he can defer and who he should trust to make plays. It's not his job to do it all every game, and he needs to understand that.
Last night's crowd was electric. The 4th quarter and overtime were loud as hell. We've got great fans coming to the game now.
Except for the one old man who left the game after Granger stepped out with 40 seconds left, b*tching about how Granger lost the game. That was funny.
So, LeBron... about that great offense beats great defense any day comment you made...
"George's athleticism is bananas!" - Marc J. Spears
Danny does struggle chasing smaller players around screens, but he more than makes up for it with interior and help defense. I loved when Aldridge tried to post him up and wasn't able to make anything happen.
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Yeah, you really notice it when you have something to compare it to. I flicked back and forth from ESPN to FSI a couple of times to compare it, and it was just a night and day difference. Obviously you'd expect ESPN to have better HD than FSI since they are the mother ship, but it shouldn't be that big of a difference.
I love every single player of this team.
Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.
If I have the option I will never watch a game with Jon Barry.
No joke. He's becoming unbearable to listen to. I think he has a ton of great knowledge and insight, but he rambles on an on about every little thing, to the detriment of the telecast in my opinion. I love Denari though. He's a pro and very good at what he does (except I hate "Is that THE ONE on Fox Sports One tonight?!???")
If Buckner could get out of his own way and shut up more often he'd be a great color man.
As for the game itself, I only watched the first quarter so far but what stands out was DG guarding his man out at the arc, and Portland went iso on him. Somebody yelled out "iso, Danny!" And DG knuckled down and popped the ball out of bounds. Great communication and excellent iso D by Danny.
Yeah, Denari is generally really good. Very professional, prepared, and clear.
Last night should also help some folks realize how much Hill and West have sacrificed their game to help the young guys(Paul and Lance) develop theirs. Whether this is more about the way Frank has had them play or just their natural leadership and team first attitude, it is refreshing to see how these two PROs step back and let the youths shine. Danny Granger gets a pretty serious nod for the same reason. Danny could have very well come back firing with both barrels and slacking on defense in a bid to take his starting role back, but it seems all 3 of these older pros are more about their team than their 'glory'.
Denari is professional and likeable...but his voice used to drive me nuts. I've adapted and now tolerate it pretty well.
"I love ending overrated teams.
Broncos first, next Pacers, who got next?"
- Blazers fan PRE- Hill 3
There were two major events that shaped the course of this current team. The first was when we fired O'Brien and hired Vogel. The second was the 2011 off-season when the brilliant Legend acquired Hill and West. After watching the Bulls series in 2011, Bird knew that we had solid young nucleus that could win games and compete with a (then) top tier team like Chicago. But we lacked the clutchness, experience, and mental strength which is needed to close out playoff games against a team like Chicago, hence the 4-1 series defeat. Bird knew that this team needed a couple of good veteran players who would make us noticeably better on the basketball court and give us the skills necessary to close out tough games against great teams. He went out and got Vogel those players with West and Hill.
West is the old elder statesman who has acted like a role model to the younger players. He taught them how a professional goes about their business in the NBA. Oh, and he is a really good basketball player too. Hill was still a young guy when we brought him in, but the key with him was that he spent 3 years in a world class Spur organization learning how a championship organization conducts itself. He brought the winning traits to Indy that he learned from Pop/Duncan/Manu/Parker. Together, West and Hill have had a profound impact on this organization. Not only are they excellent players, but they had a huge impact on how Hibbert/PG/Lance etc go about their business. Granger gets big credit too because he has always behaved like a complete professional and obviously the other guys have learned a lot from his example.
West sacrificing some this year has been a good thing since he is older and needs to be good and fueled for our playoff run. But it's been nice to see him go on a tear lately and play like he did last year. He was just huge for us last year when we were in an offensive pinch without Granger. Hill is the one who has really sacrificed a lot. He is still in the prime of his career and has deferred a lot to Lance and PG. But being the professional that he is, he just goes about his business and executes when called upon.