Spurs / Pacers - Biggest Implosion
The Spurs and Pacers are both dangerously close to being knocked out by the 8th seed. Yet no-one is talking about the Spurs self-implosion.
They have the Coach of the Year, the most play-off experience and finished with 62 wins as the league's best record. So why isn't their failure as epic as the Pacers?
The Mavs are a good (but not great) team but I think most would have expected the Spurs to win this series comfortably.
Are we going too soft on them? If they lose this series, what's next for them?
Not really sure the Spurs are imploding. Dallas is pretty good although being old.
Dallas could probably beat most of it not all of the eastern conference teams besides the Heat in a 7 game series.
I think the Pacers implosion is a much bigger deal. For one they are in the East and they finished 18 games apart, which should have been a lot more if not for the late season problems. You should also look at the Hawks roster. They are really thin on talent. I like Milsapp a lot, but he doesn't put any fear into me if he is your best player. Antic is the one guy on the court that actually makes Hibbert seem ok.
Dallas really isn't a bad 8 seed and they would have been 3rd in the East. Probably would have had a record that was equal or closer to Miami's with the same schedule. They have an excellent coach, good role players and an all time great player that is still an offensive force. Dallas is probably a consistent center and a small forward that could push Marion to the bench from being a realistic title contender. Some nights when Dalembert steps it up and one of their role players has a throw back night, they get something close to that. In the end, I still think that the Spurs will win, but if they lost it doesn't seem like a massive loss to me, but definitely a disappointment for them.
Besides I still think Spurs win their series.
Wait for it. The Pacers failure is only so epic because this has been brewing ever since the Allstar break. Thats when the Pacers fell apart. Its a miracle they finished the #1 seed, they should have finished #4, or 5 I guess that just proves how weak the East really is. Also because this is the Spurs we are talking about here, their coach just won coach of the year, they've always had an old team, and still somehow comeout on top. They've only lost two games so far in the series to a very tight and tough team. The West is very tight, so everyone knew that the West would be tough for all 8 seeds to come out on top even the Spurs. I wouldn't be suprised if all the first round series of the west go to 7 games. The Spurs could tie the series up tonight and then this might not even be an issue. I'd say wait until the series is over, and then if the Spurs lose those 4 games then their "failure" will be something to talk about. Until then, wait for fate to take its course.
It's a 7 game series, people act as if it's over right now. Spurs lost by a 3 pointer by VC with little more than 1 second left. Yes Pacers may lose today, Spurs are still playing but until these teams lose I don't get the constant kicking teams while they're down that goes on in the media and soon as the team wins everybody hops in the bandwagon. Once they lose then we'll talk.
Teague has been killing them
I remember Larry Birds comments just before the Pacers trade and after the Pacers big win streak followed by two losses. He spoke how they were playing soft and their defense could be much better. I couldnt understand the call out from Bird with Pacers being tops in the East one bit. Why not commend the Pacers pointing out their standings and playing up to the goals they set. If i were the players i would be completely miffed. Its really negative support when the team deserves a little praise and backing. It might have worked in Birds day with him but looks like his lack of support and unbolstering trade of Granger is going to undo this season.
I guess the reason why the Pacers get all the attention is b/c they were the up-n-coming team, the young guyz that many expected to have all the right parts to win the east, some would even say its supposed to be the Pacers year. I mean winning the #1 seed Paul George expected to be a superstar..........vs the Spurs, we've seen the Spurs plenty of times before, some say the Spurs have been the oldest team in the NBA for 2 decades. Basically we know what to expect of the Spurs, but the Pacers were to be the new 'hype'
Rick Carlisle is one hell of a coach. A very underrated one at that.