Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.
Last edited by Ace E.Anderson; 02-20-2014 at 12:02 AM.
I guess there was not enough tough pills being consumed tonight
BUILT, NOT BOUGHT
I blame Scola's elbow injury and Bynum's smile for this loss.
Frank Vogel says "Killer instinct, start strong, build a lead and then step on their throats."
I'm not glad they lost, but we have a long way to go. Let's see where we go from here.
Can u believe that? Took pacers -1 2nd half. Johnson should of made that last 3 lol
Bummer of a game. No other way to put it.
Absolutely laid an egg. It's becoming a fairly regular occurrence, which is worrisome.
We're good enough to still pull out W's on some of our 'bad nights' - but tonight Love was on Fire and we were just playing too passively and loosely with the ball.
Not going to panic. Honestly, maybe it would be good for our guys to really feel Miami breathing down our necks. We were SO good for the first third+ of the season that we got cocky, and although we're still obviously good (playing well over .500), we're slipping away from our ULTRA ELITE level of play.
That being said, we're still 41-13. Frustrating, but I'll take it.
I would just love to see our guys rebound from a bad loss with more than just ONE dominating rebound game. How about we string together 4, 5, 6 of them?
I brought it up at halftime that Lance would still play his 35-38 minutes no matter how badly he was playing. 37 minutes and 15 shots is simply sad. Vogel is not coaching this kid. Lance has became a black hole with the second unit where he can do whatever he feels like. Lance needs his minutes trimmed just a little but he needs his time with the second unit trimmed a lot. 37 shots for Lance and Paul while Roy and David combine for 15 is wrong. I'll say that Roy could have worked for better low post position but I think he just gave up since he wasn't getting the pass anyway. If we get Roy going early he plays more aggressively on both ends. We are so, so much better when we play from the inside out as opposed to playing Paul and Lance show.
Frank sometimes talks the talk but he never commits to the inside out game. The only hope we have is if Larry demands it.
An annoying loss. But I'm not seeing much that can't be corrected when the chips are down. But still, get it together, fellas.
You can't get champagne from a garden hose.
I forgot it was the 2nd half of a B2B. That makes me like 90% less worried.
No Pekovich - really think that we would use Roy more. Very confusing/disappointing. There were bright spots, but the kind of that you associate with a team you do not expect much from.
'persevailed' - Best neological portmanteau ever
I didn't watch the game, but I'm assuming they made Ian shoot a three to make everyone feel better about their terrible shooting.
Pacers will win the next game.
Granger has certainly been awful from the offensive end, but you can't blame him for everything. The main problem with the bench over the last month + is Scola. His shot has completely left him. He shot 51.5% from the field in November and 53.7% in December. He was playing like one of the best sixth men in the league and was a lethal asset off the bench. But his shooting percentage sunk to just 38.0% in January and 37.0% in February. He's getting shot attempts that he should hit, but he just can't knock them down right now. Maybe something is bothering him, as others have alluded to. Regardless, he is a shell of what he was at the beginning of the season and that rubs off on the entire bench unit.
Last edited by Sollozzo; 02-20-2014 at 07:52 AM.
Why should we focus the second unit offense around a guy who is shooting 35.9% from the field this season? Granger is getting plenty of opportunities to score, but he just can't make shots. He can't make threes anymore and most of his takes to the hoop result in clanks off the rim. If he was making shots, then I'm guessing that we would make an effort to get him more opportunities, but I don't see why we should give even more shots to a guy who is awful from the offensive end right now. I don't think that special new plays for him are going to magically cure the fact that he can't put the ball in the hoop.
Yes, Lance gets out of control with the second unit sometimes, but what are the other options right now? Scola and Granger can't put the ball in the hoop. Another annoying thing about our bench is when Watson takes awful long pullup jumpers in transition when there is still like 20 seconds left on the shot clock.
Vogel needs to give Cope some more opportunities. I really liked his energy on both ends of the court. He had some nice fakes, a couple of nice passes, a nice take, and drilled that three. On defense he had a nice strip and brought some energy. IMHO, it's inexcusable that Vogel didn't give him an opportunity before now given how badly Scola and Granger have played recently. Vogel is a great coach, but sometimes he is just too rigid with his rotations.
As Phoenix showed when they beat us twice, our weakness is teams who can successfully run and gun. The Wolves last night looked like the Showtime Lakers. Teams should honestly try to run more against us. You're dead if you try to beat us at our own game.
Thankfully there are no back to backs in the playoffs......
Last edited by Sollozzo; 02-20-2014 at 08:04 AM.