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Even in falling, Indy's on the rise

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08:06 AM ET 05.25 | Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combined for nearly 140 points in two games to close out the Pacers, but it may have been a net gain for the Pacers and the city. During these couple of weeks, an amazing thing happened: Indianapolis fell back in love with professional basketball again, back in love with this young, earnest team and its intriguing talent. We forget that Paul George is only 22. We forget that Hibbert is still heading into his prime after just four years in the league. Are there missing pieces? Clearly. And it's going to be a challenge to find that player who takes them to that next level, especially if they're going to be limited by payroll.

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May 25, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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They don't have a closer..............

They need a go to guy, a Reggie Miller type, so to speak.

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May 25, 2012  08:53 AM ET

I don't know what to make of Indy except they have a suspect coach.

They just lost to a team with no front line. Running the same play (High Pick and Roll) over and over.

It took them 3 and a half qtrs to start trapping that play. Granger mentioned the trap at halftime but Vogul didn't use it until they were losing in the 4th. Maybe Granger should be coaching the team. He had it right.

Not only did Haslem's foul knock the fight out of the Pacers, I guess it knock something out of the coach too, Vogul stopped coaching. Not sure it would have mattered but he did a terrible job of getting the ball out of Dwade's hand.

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May 25, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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I don't know what to make of Indy except they have a suspect coach.They just lost to a team with no front line. Running the same play (High Pick and Roll) over and over. It took them 3 and a half qtrs to start trapping that play. Granger mentioned the trap at halftime but Vogul didn't use it until they were losing in the 4th. Maybe Granger should be coaching the team. He had it right.Not only did Haslem's foul knock the fight out of the Pacers, I guess it knock something out of the coach too, Vogul stopped coaching. Not sure it would have mattered but he did a terrible job of getting the ball out of Dwade's hand.

That's exactly what I was thinking. It was very clear the coach didn't know how to use his assets. Spo' played Indiana big time.. They have a very good squad. Bird's mission this summer should be.

1. Resign Hibbert.
2. Get a defensive minded tough coach.

Indiana came out doing the logical by killing Miami inside. Come second half they forgot all about it. That's purely on the coach.

May 25, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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They had a wonderful season, have alot of cap space.......But is their 'core' tough enough going forward?

I wouldn't say toughness is their problem, the team just lacks that elite guy at any position and it really shows in their offense at times. Getting an elite scorer probably isn't going to happen, but finding a good pg to bring it all together and get guys better looks may be possible. I think they're stuck in that good but not good enough stage though unless they somehow luck out in the draft.

May 25, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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That's exactly what I was thinking. It was very clear the coach didn't know how to use his assets. Spo' played Indiana big time.. They have a very good squad. Bird's mission this summer should be. 1. Resign Hibbert. 2. Get a defensive minded tough coach. Indiana came out doing the logical by killing Miami inside. Come second half they forgot all about it. That's purely on the coach.

Coach has growing pains too. Look at Scottie Brooks. Look at Doc Rivers. They weren't very good the first couple playoff series either, but you learn.
Vogel is a good coach, just didn't have the experience. Now he does.

Some glaring aspects for Indy
- Paul George was AWOL entire series. he got thoroughly exposed, the kid has a LOT to work on
- Indy has a problem at PF. West is good but size bother him too much (The Boozer syndrome). he can't shoot over Joel Anthony or anyone bigger than himself. BIG problem

- Offensive execution is non-existent last 2 minutes of quarters. Comes down to coaching, but also PG play. Collison was NO where to be found. Probably need some veteran PG help (JKidd?)

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May 25, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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The Pacers need Smush Parker.

OMG you are obsessed with Smush!! Are you guys like FB friends or something???

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May 25, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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I hope you don't disappear again when Miami loses this year like you did last year. Trash talking is part of the game, but it comes off a bit suckerish when you're not man enough to stick around and take your lumps after your team gets bounced.

I don't expect the Spurs to go on vacation. But if they do, and I doubt it, I will congratulate the winner and move on.

Just like last year when the Grizz did their thing and knock us out, when the season is over it is over.

May 25, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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...oh, and D Wade is a punk.

D. Wade was a beast, no way was that a punk performance the only time that line would've worked was gm 3 when he scored 5pts...

 
May 25, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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They had a wonderful season, have alot of cap space.......But is their 'core' tough enough going forward?

Wonderful season for sure but Bird is rumored to go and that would hurt.

Also, lets say it like it is...they won a game in Miami that should have never happened...meaning this would have ended in 5 and that is with Miami down Bosh, and not having Haslem for the close out game.

Indy is a young team, but they need a star that can give 25/7/4 every night without fail.

Just look at last nights game...the plan should have been clear....post and repost and repost every trip down the floor....instead, you have Granger and Hill, etc launching 3's like a bunch of morons.

Until they have a closer or more discipline in using their bigs, they will be beat every time by Miami and Chicago.

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