I also do not like the way that Hibbert has been handling this adversity that will likely be knocking the Pacers out of the Playoffs tomorrow.
JV got charged with a DUI, and the next day, had one of the best games of his young career. That is how you overcome adversity. That's the type of toughness the Raptors need. At the same time, JV was accountable for it.
“You can sink and drown, or you can float, and we out here like Michael Phelps."
I suspect if Jonas was on that team, we'd be calling him a bust right now.
They should change the coach and try this again. Maybe replace Lance too. But I'd give Lance another chance under a new coach, too much talent to just let go.
Anyway, I don't know how Jonas would perform in that situation, hopefully better. But the bigger point would be that there's every reason for them to be patient with Hibbert and try to fix the environment first.
Jumping straight up - no leaning, no reaching.
He is never going to be a player with natural defensive instincts though. Hopefully hundreds of IN GAME repetition over the next few years will make up for that on the defensive end.
The Pacers would be stupid to give up on George. Even if the trade was DD/TR/#1 for him they'd laugh at it. Even though the Pacers are down 3-2, George has been their best player.
The easiest fix is to remove the coach. If Hibbert continues to play awful next season I see him coming off the bench until they can make a trade happen that works for both teams.
No way they'd give up on PG. Lance Stephenson will most likely be available though.
Keep in mind what I said: Atlanta was without question the worst possible matchup for him.
Dude has been struggling. When you're struggling as a 7'2", 280lb C you don't want to go against a team with a C shooting 3s and taking you away from the hoop and your strengths. It is just a gigantic pile on. Things keep going from bad to worse.
Hawks is a terrible matchup for Pacers. They got 4s and a 5 that can shoot threes. That pulls David West and Hibbert out of the paint and allows Teague to attack and kick out to their 3 point shooters.
The other issue is that Pacers seem to have given leadership to PG and Lance as opposed to some of the veteran guys like Hill and West. PG and Lance are great players, but i don't think they're ready to lead yet. Lance is too much of a loose cannon who gets a bit carried away with the ball. Last season, the Pacers playoff success was a result of David West. He was basically the emotional and physical pillar of the team, which the rest of the guys fed off of. And that was why Pacers made it a priority to resign him. However, it looks like he's now relegated to a supporting role. George Hill was never a true point guard, but he has now turned into a Mario Chalmers type spot up shooter. He can't just turn up his offence when PG and Lance are in a funk, especially when he needs time to get into rhythm. He's lost the same aggressive he showed in last year's playoffs because he's much less involved than he used to.
Unless the Pacers somehow turn things around, you can be sure that Vogel is out next season.
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