[video] Paul George after Pacers knock off Rockets

This was probably the best I’ve seen anyone guard Harden this season, save for perhaps Iguodala very early in the year.  Paul George didn’t fall for any of Harden’s tricks and by my count, The Beard only walked his way to the hoop tonight one sole single time.  Every move Harden made, George was there, shadowing him with his quickness and disrupting him with his length.

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  • Alituro says 1 YEAR ago

    T-Rob made a couple rookie mistakes on D like that blatant reach, but all-in-all I didn't think he was any worse defensively than d-mo last night. D-mo, I agree with Bob,gets pushed around too easily and you really can't say that about T-Rob, he lacks polish but not the bulk, and D-mo lacks both somewhat.The T-rob/Smith combo did really start to control the paint and wreak havoc down there in the 2nd quarter. He looked like he was finally getting into some sort ofrhythm by the time he was benched.It looked like Harden was beginning to trust him too at the end of that stretch as evidenced by the alley-oop. I think given more time, the rotation of Beverley, Harden, Parsons, Robinson and Smith could develop some pretty interesting chemistry, whereas we've been forced to play the spread the floor, drive and kick game due to the rotations available (Lin, Pat, Morris instead), with this one, we can play some inside-out big boy ball. Congrats to Smith on a career night. The mechanics of Motie's 3 point shot looks awful.

  • bob schmidt says 1 YEAR ago It seems to me that some games (last night for example) we do not adjust to the officials as quickly as we should. It was obvious that the physical play of Indy killed us in the first quarter. I wish that McHale had a quicker hook to adjust the lineup to upset our opponents game plan.Last night we once again insisted upon challenging their length in the paint, and had little success. The game was decided in the 1st quarter. If we had "gone big" after it became obvious that the refs were not calling fouls, we might have forced the officials to call fouls by meeting their length with our own big lineup. Inserting Smith at the 4, and forcing Hibbert and crew to defend their size might have opened up Harden, Parsons, and Lin for scoring opportunities.Another option might have been to go extremely small and quick with our lineup to force Indy to match up with an unexpected small lineup. The point is, had we reacted quickly, we might have thrown off their game plan before the hole was too deep. I was wishing that Terrence Jones was available to serve as our "Mr. Nasty" perhaps, when it was obvious that Motie was being seriously pushed around in the paint, and ineffective as a result.Another "creative lineup" that might be fun to see sometime would be Brooks (or Lin), and Beverly at the guards, Harden at the three, and Parsons at PF. With Asik or Smith at the 5, teams would play hell to match up with our lineup... My major point is this, an unexpected lineup might really screw up a tough opponents game plan and help us avoid falling so far behind.Even though we lost, I am proud of our team for winning the last 3 quarters. Hopefully, we'll figure out how to get off to better starts in the future.
  • Sir Thursday says 1 YEAR ago

    Two things perplexed me about last night's game. Why didn't we see any more of T-Rob in the second half? Seeing as how Asik was a couple steps slow compared to Hibbert and it was obvious, and the presence of BOTH Smith and Robinson on the floor was the difference maker that allowed us to close the lead to 5? Also why did Delfino get so many minutes last night when he was obviously hobbled and ineffective form the get go? His poor decision making late in the game last night almost makes me want to rescind my vote to keep him in thatotherpost.

    You have to remember that for all that Robinson provided some energy on offense, his defence was absolutely atrocious. He got manhandled by Hansbrough in the first quarter, and I suspect if it hadn't been for Motiejunas already having two fouls McHale would have pulled him out. I suspect that's why he didn't see the court in the second half.

    I thought Asik's defence on Hibbert was much improved in the second half - he wasn't able to dominate the offensive glass the way he did earlier in the game and in the one-on-one possessions I thought he did a good job of denying him the post position he needed to get that hook working.

    The key to this game, as I saw it, was just how well the Pacers were able to shut down the Rockets' drive and kick game. They did a great job of collapsing in on the driver - it was very rare that Lin or Harden could get a shot off in there - but what made it all work was just how excellent they were at closing out on shooters when the ball was kicked out. So many times the three point shooter (usually Parsons) would have to have to check his shot because of the speed and length of the on-rushing Pacers defender. There was one particularly spectacular one where Gerald Green managed to block a three point shot, IIRC. Not being able to shoot that three pointer consistently really bogged down the offence. It was only when they realised they needed to get away from that and started to switch to more conventional pick and rolls (which considering their defensive reputation the Pacers were surprisingly bad at stopping) that the Rockets were able to get their offense flowing and get back into the game.

    ST

  • thenit says 1 YEAR ago

    Two things perplexed me about last night's game. Why didn't we see any more of T-Rob in the second half? Seeing as how Asik was a couple steps slow compared to Hibbert and it was obvious, and the presence of BOTH Smith and Robinson on the floor was the difference maker that allowed us to close the lead to 5? Also why did Delfino get so many minutes last night when he was obviously hobbled and ineffective form the get go? His poor decision making late in the game last night almost makes me want to rescind my vote to keep him in thatotherpost.

    Agree with your sentiment, these situations are the reasons I don't like what Mchale is doing. He has different levels of trusts on players. Delfino will get his minutes no matter if he is cold or hot. His poor decision making and selection of shots has cost us more than a few games.

    Robinson's hustle combined with D-mo ineffectiveness should have let Robinson play a lot more in the 2nd half instead he went with Delfino at the four despite his struggles.

    Asik played well in the 3rd and Smith had a great game except for a few situations when delfino and Harden decides to throw the ball on smiths feet in a couple of consecutive possesions which lead to turnovers.

    Lin wasn't terrible yesterday, except for the 1st quarter where he had 3 bad turnovers. Asik and Lin was the only starters who shot 50% or better and for love of God I don't see why you sit them for basically the whole 2nd half after they played the first 7-8 minutes of the 3rd Quarter and insert them when the game is almost over when they actually played well in the 3rd Q.

    Beverley played ok, but he was fairly effective in the 2nd Quarter when Harden came back in around the 6 min mark. These are the situation when Bev excels with Harden being hte player initiating the offense. The 2nd half he was not quite as effective and this is where I believe that Mchale should have played Lin earlier in the 4th then waiting until its there is less than 5 minutes to go in a 11p game to insert Lin.

    Harden had a tough game with George playing great defence on him as he did in the previous game. This is why I pray to god that we don't play the nuggets. There aren't many players who can limit Harden the way George and Iggy does. Harden will bounce back, but in a game like this when he is ineffective offensively, I wish he could at least focus instead of barking at the ref everytime he doesn't get a call and also focus on defence to affect the game in other areas. No way it should be that hard to guard stephensen.

    Indiana is just one of the teams that our system don't play well against. Lets hope we can play better against the Grizz.

  • Alituro says 1 YEAR ago

    Two things perplexed me about last night's game. Why didn't we see any more of T-Rob in the second half? Seeing as how Asik was a couple steps slow compared to Hibbert and it was obvious, and the presence of BOTH Smith and Robinson on the floor was the difference maker that allowed us to close the lead to 5? Also why did Delfino get so many minutes last night when he was obviously hobbled and ineffective form the get go? His poor decision making late in the game last night almost makes me want to rescind my vote to keep him in thatotherpost.

  • thejohnnygold says 1 YEAR ago

    Good recap. Hibbert couldn't miss. Stephenson looked amazingly big and fast. Their defense was very good, but we helped them. Parsons started taking Larry Bird difficulty shots. Harden stubbornly refused to recognize the refs weren't going to blow the whistle. We got away from the three for a long stretch despite not being able to get to the rim. Bad passes everywhere. Ugh. I hate to cry bad officiating, but I did feel they were rewarding the Pacers' overall defensive effort with allowing them more leeway on contact against us. I felt it was a tad skewed their way, but that isn't why we lost so no big deal.

    The Pacers definitely looked good tonight...and that was without David West.

  • Suhas says 1 YEAR ago Paul George is scary good. My pick for dpoy. He's just 22 and is probably a top 3 two-way perimeter guy is this league. Indy could be good for a long time, and if they can Get Hibbert going like tonight, they are Heat kryptonite.
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