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What must happen for the Pacers to not humiliate themselves (again) on national TV for game 2. Or Part 2 of what we must do to try and win a game

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  • #16
    Originally posted by GizzyStardust View Post
    God bless, Nate. He seems like one hell of a human being and he's a good coach - he really is. But, you hit the nail on the head, Peck. We need some more creativity with our lineups and offensive strategy. Put our team and our players in the best chance to succeed. That's what a coach is ultimately supposed to do. At that point, it's on them to execute. I think we're mostly doing this on defense, but falling far short of it on the other side of the ball.

    Quite honestly, I believe in this series that our best lineup might be:

    Aaron
    Bojan
    Thad
    Domas
    Myles

    Now, there's about a snowball's chance in hell of us actually seeing this group on the floor together, but I think it's surely worth a try. Defensively, I think Aaron has possibly the best chance on the team to guard Kyrie, Thad could really help shut down Tatum, and Myles/Domas could adequately guard their bigs.

    On offense, it gives you 2-3 shooters, someone who can actually penetrate (cough, cough... Darren) and would really help on the boards.

    Also, I think TJ should continue to play, but I believe he's being misused as a 4. I think he's a backup stretch 5 in the modern NBA. He's too slow footed to be a terribly effective 4, in my opinion.
    I agree with your lineup/rotation and the TJ Leaf is playing out of position. He's a PF not a SF. Don't put him in a position to defend or shoot 3's when neither are really his game.

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    • #17
      Play Montrezl Harrell. Oh wait we did not sign him for his measly salary
      {o,o}
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      • #18
        Score 19 in the 3rd. That's all. Just 19.

        Would have worked last game.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Mr. Mass View Post
          Play like we played for most of the season.
          Here in lies the problem. The playoffs are not the regular season. Boston is actually trying now. We have to play considerably better than the regular season and that's just not possible.

          But wait, the bar is not to humiliate ourselves. We should coast into the half and then start working after halftime to catch them by surprise.
          Vnzla81: Yep pretty much, they cut him because they were going to get "their guy" they couldn't get option 1,2,3,4,5 then they went to Lance he said "no thanks" and they had no other choice but to get Lance 2.0 for three times the cost.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by owl View Post
            Peck said..Thad Young must grab more rebounds than our backup shooting guard. Simply put when we are getting smoked on the boards by a total of 13 (they actually got it down from 18) you can not have your power forward rebounding as though he were a point guard. 5 steals were great and that chasedown block was inspiring but it meant nothing because he would not or could not rebound. For us to do anything he has to grab a minimum of 7 rebounds. Hell Myles grabbed 8 so there really is no reason for him not to be able to.


            My answer is a change in philosophy. Currently everyone races back on defense. The Celtics are going to get their fast break points so concede that level and send more people to the offensive board
            for parts of the game to allow the Pacers to get some extra shots or easy points
            I was looking at one point in the first half, there were 3 bench players on the Pacers with equal or more rebounds than all of the starters combined at that point.

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            • #21
              Well game 2 is now in the books and we all know the result. So let's look and see what we covered and what we didn't.


              Thad Young must grab more rebounds than our backup shooting guard. Simply put when we are getting smoked on the boards by a total of 13 (they actually got it down from 18) you can not have your power forward rebounding as though he were a point guard. 5 steals were great and that chasedown block was inspiring but it meant nothing because he would not or could not rebound. For us to do anything he has to grab a minimum of 7 rebounds. Hell Myles grabbed 8 so there really is no reason for him not to be able to.
              He fell one short of my request for 7 rebounds. On the one hand he did grab more than he did in game one but once again he was part of the pathetic front court that allowed our team to get smoked once again on the boards. Also here is a clue for Nate to maybe someday learn. There is a reason why Thad is always the one left open for the three point shot. Not saying he should never take it but five for him in a game when he only hits one is a little much. Honestly he didn't have a bad game but he didn't have a great game either.

              Bojan must not turn into Doug McDermott. What does that mean? Well if your not going to be able to score, which the Celtics have him bottled up, then for Gods sake do something else. How about grab more than two rebounds or pass for 1 assist. 2 steals were nice but I am pretty sure both of them came in garbage time along with 7 of his 12 points. I understand he is frustrated because Stevens obviously has scouted him well and has game planned him right out of existence. Let's see if he can adjust to their adjustments and score more, but if not get involved in other aspects of the game.
              Bojan scored tonight so this was somewhat a moot point but he did just have a better all around game as well, he had one less rebound than our starting power forward and center combined
              BTW that is not really meant to be a compliment to Bojan.

              Myles Turner has to be involved in the offense. I don't know in what capacity but there is just a part of me that does not believe that Baynes can guard him if he gets going. But to get going he has to shoot. A lot of that is on Nate to work some plays to get him some offense but a lot of it is also on Myles. He can not just pass up open shots and he really can not not drive to the rim when the only player between him and the rim is Terry Rozier. I watched Jarett Allen the other night and to be honest I've never really thought much about him, I think his shot blocking is over rated and he just didn't have the size Myles has. However the more I watched him the more I realized just how much more active he is than Myles. He is always moving on offense, always working to get a lob pass or a tip back and he was attacking the offensive boards with a vengeance. Myles has the bigger body, Allen has the higher motor. Myles needs some of that if we are going to win even one game. I appreciate the 8 rebounds, I really do. Let's shoot for 10 this game and if not that I'll accept 8 if you can maybe score in double figures.
              Pathetic. I know some are going to admonish me about what a great third quarter he had chasing down blocks and being a rim protector and yes he was superb in that span of time. Other than that? How the **** can you be a starting caliber NBA Center and play 32 minutes and grab 3 rebounds? 8 points and 3 rebounds and to so many people this guy is untouchable. We ran Roy Hibbert out of town for games like this but Myles just gets pass after pass.

              Darren Collison can't be what he was that first game. Honest to God he was pitiful and it wasn't just the shooting. I get guarding Irving is a tough task, which he is sharing with Mathews, but you have to make him spend some energy guarding you as well. Shooting 27% from the field is not going to get that done. We wont' win another quarter let alone game if he doesn't make a dramatic comeback.
              He at least shot better. I don't know I can't really look at his game tonight and tell you exactly why I hated it but for some reason I did. I guess I just do not feel he has any real ability to lead an offense. I mean maybe its not his fault because either our coach can't give him good plays to run or we don't have good enough players to run the plays or both but it just seems we get a lot of him dribbling out the clock to take a 25' jumper over some big who he believes he can score on.

              Sabonis is going to have to also not suck. Bad passes, poor defense, poor shot selection. Good rebounding though. Look if this is the best he is going to be this series we might as well pack it in. But I have faith in him. So what we need from him is really just a good solid game with double double production. Probably going to need 18 points from him as well because if he can get going down low that will hopefully open up some shots for other players as well and he is good at hitting shots.
              Myles Turner had a bad game, Domontas Sabonis said "hold my beer". What a dumpster fire this playoff series has been for him. Stevens must be even a better coach than I thought because they have completely taken Sabonis out of this series. 1 point and 5 rebounds in 22 min. It's great that he got 5 assists but much like Turners shot blocking that only goes so far. He got up one shot and I wish he hadn't taken it because it was embarrassing. The one thing we have been able to count on all season long was that our Center position typically has either had the upper hand or at least held its own. Not this series. This has been painful watching both of them and as bad as I hate to say it Myles has actually had the better series so far (that is not praise btw)

              Cory Joseph just needs a repeat of game one really. Good shooting, decent defense and no turnovers. If he gives us this game again and everybody else improves even a little then we stand a chance to at least not be the laughing stocks of this playoffs, hopefully that can be Detroit (sorry Kstat & Shags).
              Well at least he still shot it well enough hitting 50% from the field. He played solid if not spectacular defense. He had not turnovers however he had no assist either. Just a meh game really.

              Tyreke Evans, well the best thing I can say is that he out rebounded Thad, which isn't saying much. If he is going to shoot 27% then we can't play him, period. Every single minute should go to Holliday or hell even Sumners at this point. But if we are looking for positives here then Tyreke can become an unstable molecule and get to the rim, draw fouls and score. If he can give you 14 points on 45% shooting then that might change up the Boston defense at least some.
              Well honestly he exceeded my expectation really. He had one less point but his shooting % was amazing at 56% with 75% from behind the arc. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and made an effort on defense. In this game how Wes Mathew played one more minute than he did is baffling to me. Honestly he still has his issues but you really can't lay this loss at his doorstep.

              Now to other issues and sadly this is in order.

              Nate is going to have to adjust the strategy at least some. We all know he is not adjusting his lineups so the best we can pray for is that he somehow between Sunday and tonight realized that there are more offensive sets than a high pick and roll. At least I've read somewhere that there were I haven't seen any in years so I kind of forget what they look like. Now what completely deflates my hopes of this are the quotes I've read from him yesterday when asked about what adjustments we were going to make he said the following. "We gotta play through the contact" then in another interview I saw he literally said "stay the course". I get that you work with what you have, I get that you don't panic and change everything after one loss (a putrid one but still just one). But at some point in time you have to be willing to do something even anything when nothing is working. That third quarter was not an anomaly for the team, its really kind of our thing here in the second half of the season. So to even have a remote chance to win if we are getting the same lack of offense again, try some different players after awhile. Adjust the rotations. That starting five was not handed to Moses on a table from God. If you need to start the second half with Joseph instead of Collison do it. If maybe you can get more offense by pairing up Thad and Domantas do it. Stop sticking to the literally self imposed restrictions we have placed on ourselves. And yes if for some reason you need a spark and Tyreke isn't getting it done then yes try Aaron Holiday with some real (not garbage time) minutes.
              Well he tried Aaron Holiday for a whole 5 minutes so I guess I'm obligated to say he did adjust his rotation, at least some. Of course Leaf was cut out but I guess one young player at a time is all we can expect from Nate. Look I don't know really who to blame for that disaster of an out of bounds play. I don't know if Myles missed a screen he was supposed to set or if Bojan cut when he was suppose to flair out or if Wes just made a horrid pass (for all I know it was all three things). But if this was a new play that they hadn't been practicing during the season then that's a coaching error. You might actually wonder about the wisdom of doing a cross court pass against a team of quick wing players but hey no guts no glory. Was the inevitable collapse on Nate? No not really other than to say he is not the most creative offensive coach, he is also not good at in game adjustments either. But at the end of the day the players are the ones missing the shots, not rebounding the ball and losing their man on defense. Look we just have to live with this, because like him or hate him Nate McMillan will be here next season and probably beyond that because he is in with KP.

              Hit your freethrows
              We didn't but it wouldn't have mattered. Because when 3 of your 5 starters don't even attempt a free throw shot and you only do 10 in an entire game you know that either you are being screwed by the refs (we weren't because Boston only shot 9) or you are settling for jump shot after jump shot, which we always do.

              Bonus Discussion points: Tonight we are going to talk about 2. Once again eagle eye McDermott shot a whopping 33% from the field which btw is more than a doubling of his field goal % on Sunday while shooting 0% from three. As a reminder this was the guy we signed at the stroke of midnight because he was going to help solve our shooting woes. BTW the one basket he made was because Sabonis hit him with one of the greatest passes you will ever see a center hit. Montrez Harrell signed a two year 12 million dollar contract. We signed this guy for 3 years at 22 million. Now your going to say we had centers and we needed shooting. I'm going to retort we needed energetic athletic players who can score. Last years off season was a disaster, I said it then and I'll continue to say it.

              Second topic. What would you say Wes Matthews does here? Can this guy even hit a shot if its not a three pointer? I mean watching him in the painted area is painful. I see he plays hard nosed defenses but man this guy just does not deserve to have a guaranteed starting spot on any team where there is not a superstar driver who can kick it out to him for the occasional three.

              As to the game itself. I'm not sure if we can or cannot call this a humiliation. On the one hand we played hard and even had chances to maybe win. On the other hand we literally lost the game by not being able to score at the end of the game for long periods of time and had three of the dumbest plays you will ever see. You pick if it was or wasn't I don't really know or even care. Well onto game three.
              Last edited by Peck; 04-18-2019, 02:29 AM.


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              • #22
                I'm expecting some bounce back at home from Myles and Domas. They have been thoroughly worked over thus far in the series. Baynes and Horford are both superior to Myles and Domas in terms of strength, length, and agility in comparing the two tandems. Myles is long, but not as strong or agile. Domas is strong and agile, but really lacks length and lift. Hence a significant reason for the Celtics physical domination. This does raise questions for me about our duo's long-term ceiling/impact. You add the physicality/athleticism issue to their relative one-dimensional offensive arsenals, and it makes me wonder if they can aspire to anything more than solid role players - Myles being a 4th or 5th starter on a good team and Domas as a backup C.
                I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by D-BONE View Post
                  I'm expecting some bounce back at home from Myles and Domas. They have been thoroughly worked over thus far in the series. Baynes and Horford are both superior to Myles and Domas in terms of strength, length, and agility in comparing the two tandems. Myles is long, but not as strong or agile. Domas is strong and agile, but really lacks length and lift. Hence a significant reason for the Celtics physical domination. This does raise questions for me about our duo's long-term ceiling/impact. You add the physicality/athleticism issue to their relative one-dimensional offensive arsenals, and it makes me wonder if they can aspire to anything more than solid role players - Myles being a 4th or 5th starter on a good team and Domas as a backup C.
                  Brad Stevens is a very good coach, but I'm actually genuinely disappointed in our centers in this series. Some blame to Nate maybe, but honestly I think a lot of it falls back on Myles and Domas. Completely neutralized by Boston.

                  Which is a shame because I really was optimistic this could be the future. It ain't over yet but there are serious, serious doubts if they can be gameplanned-out so easily.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by D-BONE View Post
                    I'm expecting some bounce back at home from Myles and Domas. They have been thoroughly worked over thus far in the series. Baynes and Horford are both superior to Myles and Domas in terms of strength, length, and agility in comparing the two tandems. Myles is long, but not as strong or agile. Domas is strong and agile, but really lacks length and lift. Hence a significant reason for the Celtics physical domination. This does raise questions for me about our duo's long-term ceiling/impact. You add the physicality/athleticism issue to their relative one-dimensional offensive arsenals, and it makes me wonder if they can aspire to anything more than solid role players - Myles being a 4th or 5th starter on a good team and Domas as a backup C.
                    Agree. Expect a big bounce back homestand for the two of them, or at least one a night. I recall Domas sort of did this last year, for some reason. He was a non-factor against the Cavs the first couple of games and then started to come on strong.

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                    • #25
                      Regarding Darren, he's turned into a really savvy vet and seems to bring a lot of leadership qualities to the team. It's been nice to see his game mature over the course of his career. I disagree with you Peck and believe that he can run an offense and he's fairly adept and patient at executing a pick and roll.

                      That said, he's looking older with each passing month. He still has speed in bursts (we saw him try to chase down a loose ball in Atlanta, for example), but he has a much harder time beating defenders off the dribble than he used to. He needs his shot to be falling to keep the defense honest. Also, he tends to initiate the offense far too slowly at times. You could even see Nate getting on him yesterday to advance the ball quicker That's why it's such a breath of fresh air to see Holiday out there because he gets up and down so quickly. That's an aspect of our offense we have badly missed without Vic.

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                      • #26
                        I think some things are becoming very clear for the Pacers. Frankly Myles and Domas are being exposed. Myles has some offensive game but please man up and take those open shots.
                        I think part of this is Nate. He wanted Myles concentrating only on defense to the neglect of his offense. He needs to not care if he misses one or two.
                        In any case I am one more lousy game away from starting over or trading everyone but VO for a one year rental of Anthony Davis and see what happens.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by owl View Post
                          I think some things are becoming very clear for the Pacers. Frankly Myles and Domas are being exposed. Myles has some offensive game but please man up and take those open shots.
                          I think part of this is Nate. He wanted Myles concentrating only on defense to the neglect of his offense. He needs to not care if he misses one or two.
                          In any case I am one more lousy game away from starting over or trading everyone but VO for a one year rental of Anthony Davis and see what happens.
                          Sorry dude, Turner will never be the offensive threat he is capable of being as long as Nate is coaching this team. Same with Domas. Nates system simply isn't built to maximize offensive production from the bigs. Both Turner and Domas are capable of hitting the Pick n Pop elbow jumper at a high clip, yet how many times a game do you see the Pacers actively try and run that play?
                          You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by GizzyStardust View Post
                            Regarding Darren, he's turned into a really savvy vet and seems to bring a lot of leadership qualities to the team. It's been nice to see his game mature over the course of his career. I disagree with you Peck and believe that he can run an offense and he's fairly adept and patient at executing a pick and roll.

                            That said, he's looking older with each passing month. He still has speed in bursts (we saw him try to chase down a loose ball in Atlanta, for example), but he has a much harder time beating defenders off the dribble than he used to. He needs his shot to be falling to keep the defense honest. Also, he tends to initiate the offense far too slowly at times. You could even see Nate getting on him yesterday to advance the ball quicker That's why it's such a breath of fresh air to see Holiday out there because he gets up and down so quickly. That's an aspect of our offense we have badly missed without Vic.
                            Collison is a better player than the last go-round. But look at his performance in the playoffs. He tallied 3 assists in 33 minutes. That's just bad for a guy with the ball in his hands most of the time. He scored 13 points. I guess that's OK. But his numbers are down from the regular season (as usual).

                            The fact is, he is one of the worst starting PG's the Pacers have ever had. No offense to him. He might be better than Cory Joseph, CJ Watson and the army of so-so PG's the Pacers have dressed over the years....but he's not a good starting PG and regardless of our regular season record he isn't taking the team anywhere in the playoffs. The reason he looks decent is that the other options are worse.

                            ....and to your point, yes he's getting old and small old PG's don't work well in the NBA. It's only getting worse for him.
                            Vnzla81: Yep pretty much, they cut him because they were going to get "their guy" they couldn't get option 1,2,3,4,5 then they went to Lance he said "no thanks" and they had no other choice but to get Lance 2.0 for three times the cost.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by graphic-er View Post

                              Sorry dude, Turner will never be the offensive threat he is capable of being as long as Nate is coaching this team. Same with Domas. Nates system simply isn't built to maximize offensive production from the bigs. Both Turner and Domas are capable of hitting the Pick n Pop elbow jumper at a high clip, yet how many times a game do you see the Pacers actively try and run that play?
                              This matches my perception almost exactly. Nate was a guard in the NBA, who played in the 80's and 90's when big men were almost never featured in the offense and certainly never outside of the paint. He coaches like it's still the 80's or 90's. He was on tape referring to Myles Turner's three point shot as a "crutch" which hoped to prevent him from relying on. At this point in McMillan's career, he's proven to be a capable head coach but not one capable of helping a team take the next step. In his coaching career, he's never taken a team past the Conference Semis, which he only has one appearance in, 6 first round losses and 6 Did Not Qualifies. I really don't see him as the coach to take this (or any team) to the promised land.

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