The Pacers have been looking pretty poor lately.
Paul George has been very poor shooting the ball and seems unwilling to drive. Lance Stephenson is also shooting just as poorly if not worse. Hibbert seems to have found his stroke (somewhat), but it doesn't seem to be helping Indiana win at all. The bench also continues to be absolutely horrible, the Pacers really need something to happen and soon. I think that Paul George is still very raw and that excites me a lot, but at the same time I just hope he can reach those levels.
Now the big problem has been Indiana defense, I could have sworn that George Hill was meant to be a good defender however he has been getting torched by opposing PG's lately. Holiday destroyed him today, Steve Blake (Steve f%$#$%n Blake) went large as well and for most of the season I have felt that with the league as PG heavy as it is, he is just not the guy to carry the offense (maybe try sign Jeff Teague).
As a team there has been a lot of missed rotations and the PnR today by Holiday and Hawes looked like it was the easiest thing in the world.
Indiana please, please use this as a wake up call that we a still 2-3 years away and try to acquire a pure number #1 scorer who can go with PG24 (making him 2nd option) and a passing Point Guard.
They are out of gas, but better now than later, although they need to step it up quickly. They might be in 2nd in the East, however they're only 3.5 games ahead of 7th, and they could end anywhere from 2nd-7th if they don't get it together. And home court really does matter for them, they're not a very good road team, and Paul George is a completely different player on the road than he is at home, At home he's averaging 20 a game on 45% shooting whereas on the road he's averaging 15 a game on 39% shooting. I really don't expect Granger to be much more than a spot up shooter if he does get healthy at some point, and I really don't think they can win on the road. If they can hold on to the 2nd spot, I can see them battling with NY, but I think Melo will end up getting the better of the young Pacers and beat them(provided either of them win their first round matchup, which to me isn't a given). The East behind Miami is wide open, they're all going to be fighting for a chance to get whooped by Miami in the Conference Finals, lol.
But I think this is a rough patch more than anything else, I think in the end, their fate in the playoffs will come down to their ability to win on the road.
Hopefully George learns in the play-offs a bit more about road basketball and then next season can be effective at home and away. If he struggles they lose and it usually happens on the road.
Here is another question, what sort of impact do you think George Hill could have as the starting 2-guard?
If they don't play defense they won't beat teams.
Offensively they just aren't good enough to be elite.
Losing to the Lakers w/Kobe basically playing 1 qtr and doing nothing was terrible.
Philly can beat team they would've beaten the Heat if they executed better the last 2 mins.
That loss wasn't too bad but the Pacers seem to
Also next Monday's home game against the Hawks they'll only have 4 home games left with 3.5 weeks left in the schedule. The Knicks, Bulls or another team could pass them in the East.
I feel like there offense struggles at times because they dont push the ball and get some easy baskets in transition this suits lance stepehenson and paul george games more.It dosent make sense to me how there constantly featuring roy hibbert in the post hes not that thpe of player hes shooting 43 percent from the field and went 9 for 26 last night theres no way roy should be getting that many shots
David West was in foul trouble the whole game and only played 27 minutes. That hurt the Pacers big time, especially considering he had it going. I hated the way the Pacer started the 4th quarter. The 76ers just completely outplayed them in every way the first several minutes of the 4th.
Frank Vogel needs to make some serious adjustments at the defensive end. Rebounding and defending are the Pacers' bread and butter. IF they're not dominating in those areas, they're not winning. Offensively, this team isn't very good. A healthy Danny Granger would give the team another shooter/scorer, but they're still just not very good offensively. I think they should get out in transition to get easy baskets too when there's opportunity. IF there's not, then slow it down and pla half-court.
The bench is garbage. Gerald Green has lost his spot in the rotation to Orlando Johnson, who I think is solid. I think it's time for Tyler Hansbrough to go. This bench needs a complete makeover.
Hopefully, the Pacers can lock up the 2nd seed, get to the ECF's and at least push Miami to 6 games. Then in the summer, moves need to be made. Granger needs to be moved. West needs to be resigned. Paul George needs to get better. Pacers need to build a better bench. Need a pass first point guard. Hill would be more comfortable playing more of a combo guard role instead of just point guard.
I am glad someone else sees the need for a pass first guard, I like Calderon as a FA this Summer. I feel this would help a lot, it would also be nice to find a starting 2-guard who had good catch and shoot ability. (Lets see how Orlando Johnson develops I see a lot of Marcus Thornton, but better D) Then Hill and Stephenson in off the bench would be awesome.
Also here is hoping that Hansbrough is not back in Indiana and the Pacers can find a back-up PF in the draft.
It is a blip. It is a grind at this point of the season, and it is hard to summon up all that is needed every night for 82 games. Indiana isn't going to beat Miami, but nobody but maybe, possibly San Antonio can. The Pacers will be fine, and if you are complaining about George Hill's play there is something wrong with you. People would be throwing parades for Jeff Teague and half the guards of the league were playing as well as him this year.
I would take Teague as my starting PG over Hill any day. He is young and is getting better and better, Hill is at his peak and being used the wrong way. Let Hill be Hill and be a scorer, he said it himself earlier in the year that he struggles sometimes with the concept of running the offense as he instinct is to score. Teague is averaging 7apg on a team that has a ball dominant player in Smith and Teague is a good barometer for Atlanta. He plays well they usually win.