True. But would I cut Rasual for Caron? No. I'd might would cut Sloan for him though. IF the front office thinks we need to add anyone else. Also Caron Butler could play the 3 off the bench. Caron has a better off the dribble game than Rasual does. He can get to the line. Rasual is the better shooter. Not by much though.
It would not surprise me in the least to see Allen get the minutes Cope has been playing. We don't run a stretch 4 type of offense. Cope has not been able to get PT from Frank up to now and unless Turner fails to take all of DG's minutes and more, I don't see him gaining any floor time because Danny left. I still would not be shocked to see Bynum released after March 1st. LB might tell reporters signing Bynum to keep him from other playoff teams is the dumbest thing he ever heard, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't do it.
Evan is a 2. He's gonna backup Lance. Cope will back up PG. I think this is how they'll do it. Will Lavoy play over Scola? I hope so. If not.....at least let him play over Ian. LaVoy at least has a jumpshot! And can dunk properly.
I think Turner, Lance and PG will swallow up every minute at the 2 and the 3 come playoff time. Hibbert, West, Bynum and Scola will man the paint, and Hill will man the point with Watson getting some minutes behind him. But if Watson struggles I could see Lance playing more point to open up more minutes for Turner, if he's adjusting and fitting in well.
Lavoy Allen will probably only play in a pinch, barring injury, unless Scola keeps playing poorly and Allen wows the coached in practice.
I really hope health allows us to roll with a George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, CJ Watson, Evan Turner, Luis Scola, Andrew Bynum 9 man rotation in the playoffs. That could be so good.
Bird has exhausted every last avenue to make this team as perfect as possible for the playoff run. His work is now finished as far as this 2014 team is concerned. Now it's all on the players and coaches. The Legend has given them the tools to win it all, but he can't put the ball in the bucket for them. Everything is in our favor right now. We still have a 1 and a half game lead over the Heat, the East should be a cakewalk until we meat the Heat in the ECF's, the Heat are fatigued because they are going for a 4th straight NBA Finals (hasn't been done since Boston in the 80's), and our roster is absolutely stacked. We've had our little slump lately, but it's time to wake the hell up and get this damn one seed. It would be devastating to lose it down the stretch of the season after controlling it all year. A 1 and a half game lead is essentially nothing.
As much as I love our team, the Heat are still so scary because they have a player in Lebron who is able to raise his game to a Jordan-esque level in the playoffs. That's just so hard to overcome.
The next 4 months come down to two people IMO
Coach Vogel says he plans to play Evan Turner in "the same minutes as Danny Granger."— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 23, 2014
Turner seems like a good kid who will work hard to fit in and get wins. Having PG being a good friend of his will help him feel more comfortable sooner than he would otherwise.
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I honestly don't know enough about Turner to draw a firm conclusion and I'll be very much in observation mode for the next 10 games or so. I just don't think any scorer will ever thrive with our bench if they're regulated to being a secondary option while Lance has the ball. Taking Turner from 16 shots per game in 36 minutes as the #1 option down to 6-7 shots in 22 minutes while being the #2-3 option on the floor shouldn't be why we signed him. If we're going to bring in a scorer for the second unit we should plan the rotations to get the most out of him.