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Granger getting more smashmouth for playoffs

"I'm just trying to get high-percentage shots and not always shooting jump shots. I'm looking to attack the rim more, get to the line more. That increases your efficiency," said Granger. "We're stuck in the eighth spot but if we can get these last two wins we can go to the playoffs with some momentum. I'm looking to be ultra aggressive, honestly just to carry over to the playoffs. We put emphasis on our sharing, making the extra pass, passing up decent shots for better shots. The offensive system that we execute now puts us in position to do that. We are more efficient that way and score a lot of points."

Granger and the rest of the Pacers have bought into coach Vogel's smashmouth fundamental style of play. They are starting to get hot at the right time. Things are clicking and falling into place for the playoff push.

An aggressive Danny trying to go to the hoop more is exactly what the Pacers need from their captain. In the last two games he has averaged 10 free throw attempts. In the previous five games he averaged 4.4 ft attempts, for the season he has averaged 6 attempts. It's good to hear that Danny is making an effort to be more efficient and not always shooting jump shots. His field goal percentage has fell the last couple years from 45% to 43%.

It's nice to see the change from the previous regime's gimmick plays to solid principles that can be sustained. I love hearing that they have put an emphasis on being more efficient by sharing the ball, making the extra pass and getting the best shot they can. It looks like coach Vogel's positive attitude and patience has jelled this team at the perfect time. We have seen the maturation process bloom right in front of our eyes.

We have the hated Knicks from New York coming in here Sunday for the last regular season home game. Amare have been hurt lately and may not play so they will not be at full strength, much like the Hawks without Josh Smith. This gives us a perfect opportunity to continue our playoff push and build the confidence moving forward. Go Pacers!

Fellow Area 55ers & PTOers, HoopMoney droppin knowledge. Oww!

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