Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Looking ahead to Game 2

Sorry for the late installment today…But we’re here at the arena early…

The first guy out shooting for either team – Richard Jefferson. And he isn’t missing much.

All here on the scene, Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery – preparing for a Nets broadcast for the first time in too long. It’s on NBA TV…not sure if it’s blacked out locally or not.

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The vibe heading into today’s game is interesting. There’s no panic, but there’s still the underlying feeling the Pacers can play a much better game than in Game 1 – just like the Nets are supposed to. Jermaine O’Neal wasn’t a factor until the fourth quarter and Peja was barely a factor.

“I don't think either team played their best game,” Lawrence Frank said. “Jermaine O'Neal only played 29 minutes, so we know he's going to be more of a force. Peja we know can play a whole lot better. So I don't think we can just rationalize it and say, 'Well we didn't play our best and they won.' Look, we got to play a whole lot better and we believe we can and we will.”

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Couldn’t help but laugh about Stephen Jackson’s revisionist history today. He’s a nice guy and a good quote, but the reason the Nets let him go after 2000-01 was not because they were got rid of Stephon Marbury and they were buds. It was because he didn’t play any defense and didn’t have good listening skills.

All you have to do is ask J.R. Smith what it’s like to not to be a young player in the league and not listen to Byron Scott.


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Coach of the year voting came out today. L-Frank only received two second place and two third-place votes. Scott Skiles got the same. We expected better results for both.

I’m one of the few that doesn’t understand all of the votes for Mike D’Antoni (27 1sts, 31 2nds and 19 3rds). He won the award last season, obviously, and no one has ever won it two years in a row. The argument, presumably, is that the Suns were able to win without Amare Stoudemire. Then I guess last year’s job wasn’t as impressive, then?

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