While reading some other recaps of last night’s games, I’ve come across two other pronouncements that really hit the mark perfectly and will help balance the mild cheerfulness that I somehow managed last night.
The first comes from the stellar Grizzlies blog Straight Outta Vancouver and really goes to show how far the Pacers have fallen.
If there’s one sign that your team is moving up in the world, it’s when you start getting the mail-in victories.
The Grizzlies played a Pacers team last night that didn’t not have a single NBA starting caliber player, unless you count T.J. Ford or Dahntay Jones, and picked up the win. But, and this is a big qualifier, they also managed to give up 110 points to their opponent, a team that, at least on paper, is probably more than a little offensively challenged.
Can you blame Luther Head scoring 30 points on highly efficient shooting to anything besides the Grizzlies just planning on outscoring their opponents? If O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley’s defense wasn’t so bad regularly, I’d say there is no other reason than laziness.
Can’t argue with that at all.
Even more disturbing-yet-predictable-and-on-point is today’s take on the Pacers from Ball Don’t Lie’s Kelly Dwyer, who literally watches as many NBA basketball games as anyone on this planet.
The Pacers were led by Roy Hibbert’s 25 and 13, but most of his points came way, way too late. I’d call this team “on the verge of collapse” had they not already collapsed about a week or two ago.
Its an 8-game losing streak, folks. There’s very little to talk positively about right now.
I’m working on a new book. Whaddya think?