This can easily be written off because Danny Granger is out and our starting five is missing a key player. It can also be written off because the bench has been completely revamped and despite being statistically better; they still need time to gel as a second unit. Yet you can feel that something is not right; something outside of an injured player or a new bench.
There are glimpses of the Pacers clicking as a unit with great passes, fast breaks and finding the open man. The issue is that this does not happen on a regular basis. The majority of the game we are turning the ball over, throwing up three point shots with 20 seconds on the shot clock and putting up poor shots on breakaways. We are trying to look like the Miami Heat with fast breaks, three point shoots and flying dunks.
NEWSFLASH: We are not the Miami Heat, nor do we want to be the Miami Heat, so stop trying to play like the Miami Heat. Gerald Green and Paul George need to stop jacking up three point shots with 20 seconds left on the shot clock. Roy Hibbert, no matter how much I love him, needs to get in shape and be able to play more than 25 minutes a game. George Hill needs to understand just because he has a big contract he doesn’t need to make every play a big fast break. When you steal the ball set up the play instead of turning it back over by trying to create a fast break. Start playing like the Indiana Pacers - the Pacers that play team basketball by taking the full 24 second shot clock to set up a play and make the extra pass. Let the big plays come to you – stop forcing them.
There have been glimpses of good play by the Pacers. Overall David West has looked much better this year and has taken control during critical parts of the games. Tyler Hansbourgh continues to be physical and his shot selection has been very good this year. Finally Lance Stephenson has shown some maturity and strong play in the first couple of games. Without the contributions of West’s leadership, Handbourgh’s hard nose play and Stephenson’s timely shoots this Pacer team could easily be 0-4.
In the end it is early in the season and we have a full season to figure out our issues. If the Pacers can get back to their roots and play like a team we will get back on the winning track – until we will continue struggle. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading a slightly frustrated Pacers fan.
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