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Yet it was Al Jefferson, a center, who torched us a few days ago.
And I have yet to watch the game against Houston, but on ESPN they said the PnR between Parsons and Howard, a center, really affected recently and last night, against us.
Either way, if you are wrong, no big deal. Even the soon-the-be-DPOY can have bad defensive games/matchups
If you are right, it would show how important our perimeter defenders are in our team defense
He sure ment something. Remember how the Thunder struggled after the Harden trade? They seem allright to me now I would say and Granger on a good day couldn't do what Harden did for them on regular basis.
It takes time to build chemistry with other players and ECF is still far away, my friend
To me, the team seemed to lose focus quickly after acquiring Bynum. While Ian seemed motivated by it, Roy has seemed to slump even more overall.
Now, Turner has been introduced to the mix while Granger has been removed. I suspect that Turner wants to get minutes any way he can in order to get paid this summer, and it could be that Lance sees Turner as a threat to his own payday because of that.
After watching the replay of Turner's reaction to Harden, I also wonder if Turner is an immature hothead that Philly was only too happy to launch for what they could get for him.
It's not Granger specifically. It's all these fantasy moves that we've been doing that mess up the chemistry.
We were slumping before the trade. In fact, that was probably a big reason the trade was made.
If we have any chemistry issues right now, I'm not sure it's due to any of the guys (Bynum, Turner, Allen) we've recently acquired. I think one of the "core" (Lance?) could be the issue here, if there is one. That's the only thing that could truly cause this team serious chemistry issues IMO, not bench players that are unlikely to be here next season anyway.
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4 of our 5 starters are now in their third straight season of starting games together (Hibbert, West, PG, Hill - didn't start till the end of the year but was the playoff starter). We have won a lot of regular season games and have a decent amount of playoff experience under our belt. This team as a whole has a veteran pedigree. Now I do buy into the theory that super young superstars like PG historically have not led their teams to championships. That concerns me a bit, but hopefully we are are balanced in the playoffs.
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Hibbert and Hill qualify as vets. I don't think Hibbert has peaked though. This team is definitely experienced enough at this point to win a championship. The question is if they are really good enough. Hibbert and Paul George need to play like all-stars with more consistency and that can only be done if they share the ball.
Overall, I think there has been less focus and possibly effort on D and more one-on-one play. Not enough player movement.
I do know that when Bynum was acquired that West made some kind of statement to this effect: "If we win a championship, it's about the guys already here". That statement made me think he didn't want the reason for a ring to be viewed as the Bynum acquisition or perhaps another.
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I like Granger, but the easy answer is no.
We've been in a bit of a slump for a while now. As someone said, it's probably the reason the Turner trade was made in the first place. I don't believe that there's been negative chemistry with the additions of Turner and Bynum, and even if there has been, if this locker room wants to be considered championship caliber...it's something they'll have to push through. They can't be a bunch of babies.
What does Granger have to do with Paul George and Roy Hibbert going 2-17 the other night? Or Lance's ineffectiveness? Or bad perimeter defense?
It may be a coincidence, but it's almost like our smashmouth swagger left in Granger's luggage. Where did the confidence go, the unity, the take no prisoners attitude. Slumps come and go, but this seems deeper. We seem to be playing confused and tentative. When you lose your mojo and swagger you become just another mediocre NBA team. Maybe it's time for Larry Legend to bring the guys together and begin isolating issues and concerns before this losing mindset takes root. It's one thing to lose some games by a few points...but we're starting to get blown out and overwhelmed by good but not great teams.
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If the team had not already been having some struggles (and that includes Granger struggling to be consistent on the floor), then the trade probably doesn't happen.
I blame it on either the Indian Burial Ground under the Fieldhouse, the guy who wasn't allowed to bring his goat to the game, or the dudes from Moron Mountain. One of those things is stealing the shooting ability of every Pacer player.
Prove me wrong - get Larry out there at halftime and let's see how many shots he makes.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...
But I still consider us young. Just compare our experience to the other contenders:
Miami: LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Battier, Haslem and Allen all have 10 or more years of experience in this league.
Spurs: Parker, Duncan, Manu and Diaw all have 10 or more years of experience in this league. They also have Pop.
Clippers: Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford have 10 or more years and Chris Paul with JJ Redick hover around 8 and 7 years.
OKC is relatively young as well. Only Caron Butler, Kendrick Perkins and Derek Fisher have 10 or more years of experience in this league and Caron just came along while you could argue that the other two shouldn't touch the court. But they still have Collison who is an important piece that has 9 years of experience in this league and Durant himself has 1 more year of experience than Roy (so if Roy counts as a vet then so does him). Westbrook is at 5 years as well and in overall their stars are more experienced than ours.
The Rockets and the Blazers are younger than us.
That was a fun thread and it was fun to get the s*** kicked out of me by a bunch of people saying the Zeke year 3 team wasn't something that could happen or be happening.
This was in regards to the Bynum addition, not the Granger/Pulp deal, but the primary point was the same...CHEMISTRY IS DELICATE and we are 10 years removed from a nearly identical season up to this point. Finally breaking through to the top level, MVP candidate type is an AS starter, the team's center is an AS reserve, the team has the top record so their coach is the AS coach...and then the wheels come totally off.The risk is being massively underrated. Isiah was AS coach with 2 players on the AS team - JO and Brad. He had another that was making the case for DPOY in Artest. The team was out in front and on it's way to a big playoff run. Then Ron's chemistry issues happened, the team fell to 3rd, lost in round 1 and Isiah was fired.
Of course AFTER THE FACT it was all obvious, but I have the articles to prove that plenty of people were feeling pretty good about where the Pacers were at as they headed toward the AS break.
I said in that thread that it's already happened TO VOGEL when he tried to incorporate Lance into the rotation that first year and a team that had been in a groove completely went south till Lance was pulled back out of the rotation.
And all the 20/20 hindsight people went "oh but this is different, we all know why that happened". No one knew either of those things was definitely about to happen. Not Peck (who didn't like that roster), not me, not any of us older fans who had seen it all, not any of the local or national writers. None of us thought "post AS I'm sure the Pacers will have one of the worst records, fall to the 3rd seed and lose in round 1 ending with the coach being fired". Not one single person thought that as they watched Brad Miller play in the ASG that weekend. Trouble maintaining maybe? Isiah being overrated as a coach? Sure. But not "I bet they have an epic implosion now".
And no one thought "I bet they go down to Houston and just get demolished by a sub-par team" followed by a locker room fight while they were in the midst of the Vogel hot start, especially with vets like Foster, Dunleavy, DJones and Granger in the locker room.
After the fact you start to learn about all the nasty issues and problems, and honestly there are plenty of other seasons with nasty issues that DO NOT SHOW UP because the team is able to keep winning at the same pace. The Atlanta strip club didn't send the Reggie/Dale Pacers into the tank as far as we know.
Paul's got baby mama drama, remember. The team was annoyed by the Bynum signing and the questions around it, along with a bit of annoyance that mgmt thought they needed more help, they loved Danny and it clearly shook up guys like Roy (I don't want to talk about it) and Paul.
It's not like they are cruising around on the Good Ship Lollypop here, they've got issues even if they have maturity and good guys in the locker room.
I can see a path to them getting things straightened out, I just think it's going to be too late by then. This is why it's so hard to win a title and why you have to respect teams that can put up 58+ wins year after year after year.
But they have been WAY TOO COMPLACENT the last month in regards to their poor play. Solomon Hill was even giving the company line of "they are just gunning for us, they have nothing to lose, they are just hitting tough shots" when none of that makes much sense.
Teams are gunning for all the other top teams that are not falling apart (like LAC), most of the teams with nothing to lose have more to gain by tanking (a popular misconception that many teams believe), and teams don't just lucky against you for a month straight without your defense having something to do with it.
As I said on Twitter, I'm not off this wagon. I'm riding this flaming wooden death cart right off the cliff with the team...but I'll be shocked if that isn't the final outcome. I'll suffer through every bitter moment even as my hopes fade. At the very least it was an awesome first half....and who knows, maybe a last second save of this clusterf*** will be part of the story.
1990: left locker room leader (and starting power forward) rick mahorn unprotected in the expansion draft. He had to be pulled away from the championship parade to be told he was now a member of the expansion TWolves. Isiah Thomas was furious. Won championship anyway.
2004: Traded half the team (albeit not important pieces) to Boston and Atlanta for Rasheed Wallace and Mike James mid-season. Basically told Mehmet Okur he was not needed anymore. Won Championship anyway.
Contending teams are either trying to improve their roster all the time or they are falling behind while everyone else does.
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