Re: Miscalculation by Ainge & Doc
posted at 5/30/2013 5:22 PM EDT
In response to jfaust1954's comment:
In response to BirdLewsBias' comment:
When you see the way the Pacers manhandle the HEAT at times it makes me upset that Ainge/Doc decided to fall for the small ball theory instead of staying big.
When Ainge made the trade of Perk for Green the decision was made that it was better to play small to compete with Miami. Really what should've happened was they stay big with Perk, Shaq, JON and pound the HEAT.
It hasn't worked for us...yes Green is nice but we had the same type of frontline as the Pacers have now but we went away from it.
Bird saw something that Ainge never saw. Bird stayed with a conventional old school lineup and now it's paying off. Ainge panicked!
Danny Strange screwed the pooch when he traded Perk...they haven't been able to play inside since..they could have won 2 more championships if he was there...Green?...are you kidding me? Every 3rd game he decides he's going to attack the basket...he's NOT a PTP.
Re: "Bird saw something that Ainge never saw. Bird stayed with a conventional old school lineup and now it's paying off. Ainge panicked!"
We have not dominated the paint since the Bird, Mchale & Parish days. Yes, we might have won 2 more titles with Perk, 2010 when he got hurt & 2011. But KG was younger & we had Sheed too so we were not desperate for Perk to give us double digit rebs & scoring & put up with his poor foul shooting too. His strength was muscle vs. Bynum, Gasol, Howard etc. OKC with Durant, Harden(before traded) & Westbrook didn't need Perk to score either. But today, unless a team has another big man who can score in the post, then Perk can come in to relieve him only and probably foul out.
Going small is not the answer because the best small team is the Heat and last year they didn't have Birdman or anyone domineering in the paint except maybe Bosh yet still won. Indy is battling them becasue they have Hibbert. But the Heat are so good, even outrebounded, they may win. I won't be unhappy rooting for the Spurs to beat them.