Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Big Roy, No Ball Again

Give Me The Night and Give Me The Ball!

I'm pretty sure the photo above tells it all. Again, Roy gets very little touches in the paint. It's sickening watching basketball not properly being played the right way - inside/out, especially when you have true legit center in the middle. I don't know what Coach Vogel was thinking about the last two games, but he seems to be lost in space and has not clue on how to counter the Heat's attack. Both of these games were winnable.

When I look at the Indiana Pacers game stats I just literally shake my head. I feel as if someone should make a bobble head Glidehoyas for just this purpose, so everytime I watch a basketball game I would have the bobblehead right beside me, so when I "unsmart" basketball I could tap and watch it's head bobble. (lol)

Although Roy missed five of his shots you could clearly see his team playing selfishly and not giving him the ball throughout the game. The announcers even were saying this. While I was on Twitter the Pacers fans were outraged by the "inability" of Roy's teammates to get him the ball. Roy shot three jumpshots and made one three pointer and it reminded me of this. Although the Pacers did not win the game it was great to hear the legendary Rich Chvotkin"The Voice of the Hoyas" in this video. 

Oh, I did see one great stat. Free throws. Okay, when I'm coaching my team I get the stat sheet after each quarter and halftime. I see the only good stat, again, free throws 17-23 @73.9%. Although this was stat was at the end of the game, it still was only good stat throughout the game.

So, why didn't Coach Vogel recognize this and tell his team to pound the ball into the post so they could get to the free throw line? Go figure! Instead his team settled for the jumpshots. One thing about shooting many jumpshots and missing against a very good team such as the Heat - it's makes it easier for them to get the ball in transition and score.

This actually helps the other team get easy baskets. It's as bad as a turnover, and your literally giving the game away. Part of my gameplan would've been to pound, pound pound the ball inside or tell your guards, "I don't care how you get the ball inside, find a way." One thing about Michael Jordan, he always found a way. It's about the mentality, heart and determination of the game especially in the NBA playoffs. Roy's stats, and he only played 28 minutes, no foul trouble. 8 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist and 1 turnover. This is why see photo below!

Pacers center Big Roy Hibbert calls for the ball but his teammates rather settle for jumpshots

Can't Forget You/Me Big Roy


Monday, May 21, 2012

Give Big Roy the ball

Green Light
John Legend

I know it's been a while since I've posted but I guess you could say I just wanted to vent here on my blog about former Hoya big man Roy Hibbert sitting for so long during game 4 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. I know and realize Big Roy had 4 fouls when his coach sat him down in late in the 3rd quarter. He only had two touches. He didn't come back in the game until 6:11 in the fourth quarter. Big Roy sat for two long. I'm pretty sure he would've managed his fouls at 4 he still had two more, but sat at very key points in the game. Afterwards, Lebron James and Wade were in attack mode for the remainder, so by the time Big Roy came back in the game it was practically too late for he and his team to counter the Heat blows.

In my opinion you cannot sit your "key" players down for too long no matter the circumstances. When Roy is in foul trouble Coach Vogel needs to stress for his teammates to have his back and take some "charges" when both Wade and James are in attack mode. This would help a great deal, but it would take lots of communication on Roy's teammates behalf.

Actually Big Roy was playing well before he got in foul trouble his stat line was in 32 minutes he was 4-9 in field goals, 2-4 free throws, 9 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 3 turnovers. If you don't get your big the ball he gets frustrated, and the fouls start piling because he's not properly being used in the offense.

The Pacers still managed to shoot 33-79 @ 41.8% in field goals for the game, but would have had a better chance at raising this percentage with Big Roy in the game at crucial moments especially in the fourth quarter. I didn't understand him not starting the fourth quarter or at least coming in at the nine minute mark of this quarter.

Also, as the Pacers shot 7-22 @ 31.8% from the 3 point line? This is why Big Roy had very limited touches while he was in the game (5)? Are you kidding me? Another thing that bothered me in this game is the starting lineup. The Pacers start two shooting guards and not a point guard? To me this makes one heck of difference especially when both your point guard and center are the focal points of any team. Darren Collison is a pretty nice point guard with good leadership skills but sat for most of the game. This another major problem by not having your point guard in the game especially when he did get in the game he played well.

Collison's stat line was 16 points (lead all bench scorers on both teams) in 20 minutes? But, anyways, he was 6-7 in field goals, 0-1 in 3 pointers, (this was good because he was smart enough to know when to "attack" and get inside the paint or give it to the big in the paint the little bit of time he was in the game). 4-6 on the free throw line (another good stat). 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal. His energy was there.

As a matter of fact he brough such a furious energy it ignited his team and the Pacers' fans big time, but he ended up on the bench for what unknown reason. We all know coaches make mistakes, so hopefully Coach Vogel see's this and can fix this problem and othe problems as well. The Pacers shouldn't have to make too many adjustments. They just have to play, and coach smarter.

"Let's get back to playing smart and give me the ball"
Big Roy Hibbert
Pacersaxa baby!