May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) takes a shot over New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland (14) during the first half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McRoberts: Ankle Breaker

We have a lot of things to talk about this summer. A lot went wrong this year, ownership is saying some troubling things and none of the key players that Bird has assembled improved considerably aside from Roy Hibbert. I mean, even Larry himself is publicly calling out Granger for taking a step back. (I don’t necessarily believe that and don’t really think Larry really does either, but Danny obviously didn’t have nearly as good of a year this season as he did in 2008-09 even if he was able to right his ship over the last 20 games.)

I promise that we will soon be back to more regular posting to break down all that stuff and weigh in on everything from individual player assessments and the ongoing “they need guards—badly” concern to the perhaps-seriouser-than-ever financial problems for the franchise and how the team can improve this summer through the draft/free agency.

But, frankly, after such a terrible year, I think we’re all a little burnt out and need, like, two weeks away from Pacer Nation (starting retroactively from the end of the regular season apparently). 82 straight games of almost unbroken negativity will do that.

One positive thing about the season, however, was Josh McRoberts.

His emergence as a potential rotation guy was, to me, very unexpected and, at times, very fun to watch — both because this roster lacks much in the way of athletic finishers other than him and because, let’s face it, this team needs as many low-salaried-yet-productive players as possible given how much of the cap is monopolized by middling, overpaid vets. (Looking at you, TJ, Lil Dun, Foster, Troy and Tinsley’s buyout.)

Thankfully, Kyle Weidie of the Wizards blog Truth About It was able to track down two sweet gifs of what was my favorite Josh McRoberts play of the season and probably one of the better Pacer moments of the entire year. A few of Josh’s dunks/alley oops were more productive from a basketball sense, sure, but I’ll always have an affinity for ankles getting broke. So I like this the best.

Kyle was nice enough to point out two other interesting facts about the play.

In other news, McRoberts kinda-sorta looks like a much taller Charlie from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.

Also notice — in the first GIF — how Al Thornton was duped by McRoberts, meaninglessly sprinting to an irrelevant spot on the floor.


(And don’t worry … we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled posting in, I dunno, 10 days or so. I’m going to Boston all next week for a work conference so I’ll be back on my grind shortly thereafter. There will be some stuff before then, but don’t expect a huge windfall of content, from me at least, in the interim. I will, however, continue to cover the NBA Playoffs over at Both Teams Played Hard and Hardwood Paroxysm, so stop by and say hello.)

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  • Boom Baby

    I take it that the Wizards blogger didn’t understand the significance of using the word “irrelevant” in describing a play involving McRoberts.

  • Jared Wade

    Kyle is a worldly, well-read man. An intelligent, kind, humorous, gregarious man. A great man, some would say.

    But, yeah, I find it hard to believe he would know anything about that.

  • Tim Donahue

    Besides, Thornton wasn’t reacting to McRoberts, he was reacting to Dahntay Jones. Thornton was ostensibly guarding Jones, though he was well off him. It looks to me like Al kinda lost Dahntay, then had an “Oh, ****” reaction when he saw Jones wander into the lane. That’s what caused the sprint to the middle of the floor. He looks like he was afraid that Jones was going to flash to the rim.

    I don’t think Thornton even notices McBob until after he (Al) got into the paint.

    On a separate note, though the slip is certainly embarrassing, did you check McGee’s recovery? He gets awfully close to being able to get back and block that shot. Whether that’s a testament to McGee’s athleticism or a comment on how slow McBob was getting from the move to the rim, I can’t tell, but it’s still startling that wasn’t a clean dunk.

    Also, WTF is Shaun Livingston doing in this play? Waiting for a bus?

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  • Boom Baby

    Yeah, McGee’s athleticism is what caught my eye, too. But it was set up by him first turning his back on his own man when he had the ball, slipping, and then recovering.

    And McRoberts had to chase his dribble behind the backboard, which is what gave McGee time to get up.