First of all, it is great to be an active member of this blog. I have been reading it for a little while now and it is great.
Second, what a great team this year. This group is a hustle machine and I smell playoffs. I bet my brother that I would walk to Kokomo (I got the idea from Kravitz.) if we didn't make the postseason. I feel pretty good about my odds, but, regardless, I feel good about this squad this season and the seasons to come. We have a good core, a deep bench, a good coach, and a front office with a plan. Go Pacers!
Third, I have a MINOR criticism. It is hard to criticize Marquis Daniels. He has stepped into the starting lineup and played with heart and hustle and produced offensively and defensively. His defensive abilities amaze me. He has gone from a player I thought was okay last year to a player I see as absolutely critical to our success this year. My only concern is that he sometimes takes ill-advised shots. I feel that several times a game I see us force a turnover only to have Daniels chuck up some three-pointer (without considering deferring to one of his more sharp shooting teammates) that he will inevitably miss. I know that his shot selection is probably in line with JOB's game plan and that Daniels worked on his outside game in the off-season, but 16% is pretty bad. I would just rather see him take it to the hole or pass it around some more. Again, this will probably be seen as nitpicking and in poor taste in light of Marquis's stellar play so far, but I thought I would bring it up for discussion.