Pacers' hopes running on fumes

Pacers' hopes running on fumes

There are 51 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 14, 2007, titled Pacers' hopes running on fumes. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The Indiana Pacers' playoffs chances went from slim to a long shot in a matter of three minutes because of the player nicknamed "Flash." I'm coming through: Miami's Shaquille O'Neal gives himself a helping hand ...

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David Smith

United States

#1 Apr 14, 2007
Who cares! Even if they got into the playoffs they would have gotten swept by Detroit!
special ed

Covington, KY

#2 Apr 14, 2007
I honestly thought the NBA wanted a Detroit/Pacers 1-8 matchup in the playoffs and judging by the two teams face to face record this season, it would have been closer than David Smith says.
Anyway, time to let Rick go play golf with Larry.

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Apr 14, 2007
Mark Jackson
Mike Brady

Butler, PA

#4 Apr 14, 2007
A wise man once said, wherever you go, there you are.

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Apr 14, 2007
Clean House...then burn it down

Burlington, KY

#6 Apr 14, 2007
Let's change their name to the:
Indiana Excusemakers
Bubba Jackson


#7 Apr 14, 2007
fire the coach
Your Boss

Frankfort, IN

#8 Apr 14, 2007
Turn out the lights.... The party's oooooverrrrrrrr!
Mr Happy

Jeffersonville, OH

#9 Apr 14, 2007
I am sure the players are ready for a vacation. Money in their pocket no need to play any more than they have to.

United States

#10 Apr 14, 2007
More poor play calling from Carllily. O'Neil's game wasn't there, yet every time down the court we went into O'Neil in the last 3 minutes.
For the last 3 games let's turn the players loose and keep Carllily from bench playing the game.


“Leave No Stone Unturned”

Since: Mar 07

Lucas Oil Stadium

#11 Apr 14, 2007
Retire Walsh, fire Bird, and trade JO for a young prospect and a lottery pick. We shouldn't just fire Carlisle because he he just signed a fat contract extension. Next season he can be VP in charge of scouting for prospective free agents in Siberia.

Fort Thomas, KY

#12 Apr 14, 2007
Bubba Jackson wrote:
fire the coach
And the players...and Bird.


#13 Apr 14, 2007
It's too bad excuses aren't points, the Pacers make enough to win every game!

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Apr 14, 2007
I will give the Pacers this, about two months ago they could have just tanked the season... but instead they really pushed hard to win some games and get back in. That says something about their pride, however they almost blew a chance to rebuild!

United States

#15 Apr 14, 2007
Jermaine sounds so negative. To many injuries, not enough heart. You cannot wait until the season is almost over to start putting it together. Carlisle should be gone as well as O'Neal. Let's get some players and coaches in here that know how to play TEAM basketball. In all of my years its the same problem for Indy, defense and rebounding. Miller left and O'Neal has yet to be a team leader. Let's just not make the same mistake again, look at what happened with Jalen Rose. He sure wasn't worth the cash we doled out. Some people never learn.

Jeffersonville, OH

#16 Apr 14, 2007
Jeff wrote:
More poor play calling from Carllily. O'Neil's game wasn't there, yet every time down the court we went into O'Neil in the last 3 minutes.
For the last 3 games let's turn the players loose and keep Carllily from bench playing the game.
Couldn't agree more. When Diogu fouled out with about 3 and a half minutes left in the game JO came in, the Pacers had the ball and a 6 point lead. After that they kept throwing the ball into JO and the rest of them stood around, no movement w/out the ball. It didn't work the first time, the second time, the third time... Well, you get the idea. Everyone did, except Carlisle. They played "team ball" for almost 45 minutes and then threw it away by having JO take 3-4 contested fade-away 12-15 footers. The result?
"O'Neal, who was limited to 28 minutes because of foul trouble, went 2-of-13 from the field, including 0-of-3 late in the fourth quarter, to finish with just six points and two rebounds".
That speaks volumes about the performance of the coach and the franchise player in the "game of the season"...
At least we'll keep that 1st round pick now...

Greencastle, IN

#17 Apr 14, 2007
I have been a supporter for Coach Carlisle all season, but last night he lost the game for us. We were up 8 points and playing well. Ike Diogu was playing great --- posting up Shaq and making shots over him, getting rebounds, etc. Carlisle took him out and inserted O'Neal (who wasn't playing well) and it was all downhill from there! I know O'Neal is playing hurt, but we had it going in the fourth quarter with Ike, and J.O. should have been kept on the bench. I hope Kravitz was watching this game. Maybe he will change his tune about J.O. being our "franchise player". If you want to see a REAL franchise player, you saw one last night. His name is D. Wade, and he plays for the Miami Heat. Even with Wade's great game in the fourth quarter, I think we could have won that game if our "franchise player" hadn't missed so many shots, missed free throws and made turnovers. If O'Neal is not on top of his game, there is no need to pass the ball into him every play and lose the game.
No show JO

Mountain City, TN

#18 Apr 14, 2007
Jeff wrote:
More poor play calling from Carllily. O'Neil's game wasn't there, yet every time down the court we went into O'Neil in the last 3 minutes.
For the last 3 games let's turn the players loose and keep Carllily from bench playing the game.
You are sooooooooooo right, JO comes into the game with 4 points after sitting the bench for 10 minutes and the team finally gets a 8 point lead with JO out, and boom Carllie goes to JO 5 straight times...nata, 0, brick, travel, in your face block. Murph had been popp'in 3's left and right and was in a good flow, anybody but JO would have been a better option, you could tell by looking that JO did not have any confidence, you could tell by watching Wade's demeaner he had tons of confidence and that's what a "Go To Player" does. Dump Carlie and JO!

Kenton, OH

#19 Apr 14, 2007
Give me a break. Watching this game was like getting punched repeatedly. For all the credit we give Carlisle for his unreal coaching, please tell me why O'Neal got EVERY shot down the stretch! He's proved time and time again that him and clutch do not go together. What's wrong with running Granger or Dunleavy through some screens---they can actually make a shot! Pacers need to lose the final 3, end the misery of the O'Neal era and move forward! Geesh...enough is enough of the 'all talk, no action' O'Neal era!
Bye Bye JO

United States

#20 Apr 14, 2007
Trade JO, give Carlisle an office job, and Armstrong should be the coach.

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