Here are a few reasons why I decided to write this thread.
#1) I am bored.
#2) I want to know what you guys expect from the Pacers after the break.
#3) I want to know if you guys think the Pacers can make a long playoff run, possibly ending up in the Finals
I think we still have a chance to have a long playoff run, and still can at least make the Finals. (Yeah, I know you guys think I am crazy ) Here are a few reasons why.
This team still isn't mentally here right now. All the different starting lineups have took there toll on the team. And also the injuries have took a lot out of them also. But, after the break, everyone will have had time to get their heads toghether. We will be 100% minus most likely Ron and we already know Bender won't play.
We have went 5-5 the last 10 games, and most if not all of those games we have been without Tinsley. And we have played well, AJ and Gill have played well in Tinsley's absence IMO.That is one of the reasons people have been so low on the Pacers recently. I think some people forgot about Tinsley and how he changes a team with his passes and play.
I think that we can play reasonably well after the break and if we have Tinsley we should start to make our run. I would say I would have to agree with what Reggie said while he was being interviewed after the Blazers game. He said something like after the break, we can and will hopefully put together a nice 6-7 game win streak. And he said that the defense will be key. If we can hold teams in the low 80's or high 70's we should be in good shape.
Now, all of this is asuming we don't get Ron back, which I still think we have a chance to get him back, but I wouldn't bet on it. But, I will probably still be dissapointed by early or mid-April if he is not in a Pacer uniform. If we can somehow convince the Commish to re-instate him I like our chances for a title.
If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger. If we can get Ron back, we will have 5-6 main scoring threats, which is killer. We will have the emerged Fred Jones, Jermaine, Jackson, Miller (Ocasionally), Ron and Tinsley. I think that is pretty damn good. Also our D should improve dramaticly if Ron can return (DUH)
But now,back to the original question, What do you guys expect from the Pacers after the break, well maybe not exactly "expect" but what do you guys think the Pacers can do after the break? Do you think we will get it together and make a long playoff push and maybe make the Finals? Or do you think we will be watching balls fly around come playoff time? And do you think Ron will return?