We've talked about starting lineups... what about closing lineups?
Does anyone else get the feeling that the Pacers are trying to put square pegs into round holes with the lineup they are putting on the floor at the end of games?
Are they not putting unbalanced teams onto the court?
The two players in my sights are Reggie and Foster. I don't think both need to be in a close game at crunch time. I'm not convinced either needs to be there. This is not about the waning moments and needing a last second shot. This is the last 4-5 minutes of a tight game where every play counts leading up to that last second of the game.
If you're going to put Reggie in there, even tho he can't guard his shadow and might not take a shot until he can heave a prayer 3, then Foster becomes a bigger liability.
I believe Carlisle knows we need JO, Freddie, and SJax in the lineup because they can guard their men and create problems for the other team when the Pacers are on offense. But then he creates matchup problems for us because Reggie is getting minutes that should go elsewhere because Reggie cannot guard his man and the other players can't just lock down on their man. Basically, some Pacer(s) need to play out of position to get Reggie in the lineup (or Reggie has to play out of position). Hence, fitting square pegs into round holes. This complaint (IMHO) is especially true against high scoring teams with athletic scorers all around.
Hence, we're trying to put square pegs into round holes.
I'm of the belief this is the best Pacer team:
IMHO, this is still the best lineup even if you remove Tinsley and have to put Gill or AJ in as PGs due to injury
Reggie is becoming our version of Michael Curry at Detroit. What say you, Kstat?