When is this Pacers team going to get rolling and finally show they’re ready for contention in the East? It’s only 6 games into the season, but there’s a weird aura surrounding this team. I wasn’t worried about the team chemistry as the starting line up is back, and there’s pretty good people on the team. But you have to wonder with this three game losing streak, and not much cohesion to the team, when will things just click?
There has to be credit given to David West and George Hill as they both have really stepped up in Danny Granger’s absence. It was important for someone to step into that role of scoring, and both those guys are scoring. George Hill put up 29 points in the loss last night, but it was a loss. Hill needs to continue to be aggressive like he was at times last night. Driving to the lane and putting up those small floaters is something that he’s becoming so good at. He can also continue to look for guys to make shots, but those guys will have to make shots. I’m looking at Paul George and Gerald Green. Both those guys seem to have a hard time adjusting to their roles.
David West has been good for the Pacers as well with his production of points and rebounding. It feels like even if he doesn’t get a rebound, his hands are on the ball or near it. He’s looking like that All Star that played in New Orleans. He’s probably finally feeling back to 100% after that tough injury he suffered a couple of years ago. If he can continue at this pace that he’s playing, the Pacers should have a chance in most games.
But it’s guys like Green, George, and even Roy Hibbert that need to step it up. Hibbert is being paid max money, and people are expecting so much for me. He’s got to step up on the scoring end and find his shooting touch. Defensively, he’s not been too bad other than not being in position here and there. That’s almost been said for most guys on the team.
It feels like it might take some more games before the Pacers get the rotations sorted out and guys will learn what role they serve on this team. As long as they get can some wins in that way, and not get too far out of at least playoff contention, there’s not much to worry about. The shooting should improve along the way. Defensively, this team needs to watch out for each other, and help out when guys get beat. That’s what a good team does, they play together, and we haven’t seen that yet. Hopefully it’s not that far off.