Last game is scary. PG had a good game, Lance played well, Hill had an average game, West had foul issues, but we have his perfect backup in Scola, who is up and down, but down this game, which brings us to the 5 spot, I find it odd that after the game roy said that late in the fourth quarters he felt like he" had to do something", and he played pretty well the last 5 minutes, too little too late. Roy is a great success story, but he has taken the second half of the season off. I love the guy, but facts are facts. he suddenly said I have to do something, this is the NBA, you are making 14 million a year, and for that the pacers get 5 minutes of maximum effort?
About 4 on 5, look at it this way. On D, we have no one in the vicinity when Teague breaks down his defender, and roy can't keep up with his man on the perimeter, 4 on 5 on defense. If he is not at the rim he is ineffective. On offense, double teams come on our primary scorers, PG and West, the ball is passed around among the four who can catch and pass, leaving Dr Stonehands out of the equation, and the opponents hope Hibbert gets the ball 12-15 feet from the basket. Hibbert is no drive threat, no threat to take it up strong, a 50% shooter at best from 6 foot and in, can seldom step around his defender and take it to the hole, can easily be pushed off a spot, is not a leaper, and seldom passes to a cutter.4 on 5 on offense.
I was happy the Pacers signed him, and pleased with his play early in the season. His numbers after the first half are backup numbers. Mahinmi is no beast underneath, but he plays hard and doesn't save it until the last 5 minutes down by 15 to "try to do something"
Vogel says it is too late to change. The news is the playoffs are about change and adjustments game to game. Copeland can be our Korver. He can shoot 50% threes. We need some kind of threat at the 5 so the opposing team sags a little and the three ball is open sometimes.We lean on PG entirely too much to take the scoring lead and the defensive challenge of guarding the other teams best player regardless of position. Lance and Watson on Teague, Hill on Korver or the point when Teague is not in.
Bottom line is we should be killing these spread 5 teams on the inside, making them bring a big in who can guard someone underneath, but to do that we need an offensive 5 or 4 that sits down low and kills them, and some slashers moving off the ball. Lacking that all we can do is hope to move the ball fast enough on the outside to open up a jump shot. And good luck with that offense.
I am worried.