No love for Pacers?
From different coverage I have been watching and now at the half time show for the spurs/lakers game, they are talking about the Westbrook injury. Saying how Thunder cannot go and beat Miami in the final blah blah blah.
Hang on a second, why is it so crazy to assume Maimi won't be in the final. It seems like it is just the general fact they will be in there and assuming it. I am a massive Pacers fan and believe they will, not the Knicks beat Miami.
To be Hibbert is the massive key to the series for them, if they have a chance to Vs Miami in the playoffs if they get there. It is one big weakness of the heat, inside the paint and on the offensive glass. I don't believe Heat will be able to go with him if he is clicking on all cylinders.
George is a putting it together this year and playing unreal. If he can attack like he shown in game 1 vs Hawks and continue his all round play this adds another layer behind Hibbert for the geat to deal with.
David West is almost the forgotten man in this Pacers team, overshadowed by George. He is Mr consistent, and will do this job on the floor. Can stretch the floor, hit shots in and out and is an above average rebounder.
The real concern is their guard play, with Hill not being a 'true' point guard. And normally when a team lacks a true point, that guard is a high volume scorer, which he isn't. But don;t let that faze you. he is having a great series against the hawks but don;t expect him to post those number all playoffs. Following you have DJ and Stephenson who are real wild cards for me.
Green will always provide heaps off the pine.
I am going on a bit to much, but I just think this Pacers team has every chance to beat Miami, if they both meet up in the finals.
No chance. Last year's series was only close because Bosh missed a couple games and they had granger then. Even though George has continued to make huge strides, Indy will have their hands full. Mia is better this year with the additions of Allen and Birdman as well. At best they can hope to push them to 6 games.
Yeah you'd think Hibbert would be a big factor, but Lebron was able to more of less push him out of the post and prevent him dominating last time around.
It's ridiculous that James can guard Roy, but that's just the way it is, that high centre of gravity makes him easy to push around, and Hibbert isn't athletic enough to nullify this.
Hibbert isn't really a power player, he's a finesse 5, using turnaround hook shots and fairly inefficient looks, he doesn't really take advantage of the mismatch like he should because that's not his game style.
Also, let's not take for granted the fact that the Pacers still have to go through a Knicks team which is playing unbelievably well.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the Pacers-Knicks, Stephenson vs Smith in a battle of the super-talented knuckleheads, Melo vs George, Hibbert vs Chandler and if Amare comes back, then Amare vs West.
Should be really interesting, but I'm not sure if the Pacers have enough punch to keep up with the Knicks offensively - especially the way they're shooting at the moment.
If any team can beat Miami right now, it's the Knicks after what happened to Westbrook.
They have the vets who've beaten Miami before (Kidd, Chandler) and a very deep roster, with defenders to throw at Lebron/Wade and outside shooting to rival Miami's, plus a legitimate 6th man, which is something Miami lacks to an extent.
Pacers are going to be really interesting, but beating Atlanta doesn't impress me, the Hawks are a very dysfunctional playoff team.
i know this doesnt really have much to do with the thread, but the guy above me said "IF" Amare comes back... well i really really hope he doesnt. like that would actually piss me off as a knicks fan.,
The Knicks need Amare more than you'd think, Miami will have figured out how to slow down Melo and Smith by the time they meet, Amare can be a wildcard offensively and might just get them across the line if he's healthy enough to perform.
The Pacers didn't end the season on a high note, BUT they've seemed to put that behind them in the playoffs.
The Pacers vs the Knicks is going to be a great series. The season series was 2-2. The Pacers REALLY embarrassed them back in Feb.
From a size, rebounding, physical, defensive and inside/outside standpoint, I think the Pacers have a better chance of giving the Heat a tough series than the Knicks. The Knicks can spread the court when they're shooting well, but their "hero ball" style of play plays right into the Heat's hands IMO. Carmelo Anthony might get his 30, but it'll take him 25 shots to get it. The Knicks are also a weak rebounding team.
@IB: To be fair, the Knicks are a different team defensively with Martin in the fold, so you have to take the February performance with a grain of salt.
I'm not sure how much of the Knicks-Boston series you've watched, but Felton and Smith were carrying their weight offensively, which prevented the offence from being stagnant when Melo's shot was off, and defensively, Kidd has once again demonstrated his worth, Martin has been a revelation as I've said and Chandler is rounding into form again.
Plus, you can't deny the hot streak, even if it could end at any moment, this Knicks team and Melo in particular are playing cold-blooded basketball.
I feel like Indiana's offensive deficiencies will prevent them challenging Miami in the way the Knicks can, but that's just me.
Really looking forward to a Pacers-Knicks series though, I hope the Pacers wrap up Atlanta quickly.
The HEAT have already won the title this year and EVERYONE knows it.