“The one constant through all the years, Roy, has been The Vogel Weave. Pacers’ opponents have rolled by like an army of steamrollers. Indiana’s dominance has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But The Vogel Weave has marked the time. This Weave, this game, is a part of our past, Roy. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will be fooled, Roy. People will most definitely be fooled” – Terrence Mann
The Pacers haven’t looked like a good basketball team for a long, long time. But they can consistently count on one thing to work: The Vogel Weave. (Here’s a full breakdown of the play.)
Actually, that’s not entirely true.
They tried it against the Bulls late in the first half on Friday, but it didn’t quite work since Kirk Hinrich played good defense and anticipated Lance Stephenson’s attempt to curl around to the hoop.
But that withstanding, it has been the Pacers’ go-to play when they have the final possession of a quarter. So it was no surprise when they went to it at the end of the first half tonight against the Bulls. And though they were unable to do much of anything offensively so far in the game (just 32 points up until that point), the Weave still worked.
It did not go down as expected however. This time, rather than handing the ball off to Stephenson, George Hill kept it himself. I’m not sure exactly how it was drawn up, but Hill later told Fox Sports reporter Brooke Olzendam that he was looking to dish the ball to Chris Copeland for a 3-pointer. It looks as if Copeland, who hasn’t been in the rotation enough to be familiar with the play in live action, didn’t get himself behind the arc, so when Hill realized he had some daylight, he just let it fly.