Originally Posted by edmorel
I think if you're Indiana, you just can't win any series without something from Hibbert. Yes, they won the last series but Atlanta gave two games away, Indiana really should be home. Hibbert may lay a goose egg again but you have to try and adjust as a coach and put your best players in situations where they can be effective. He won't get out a slump sitting on the bench. The Pacers play deliberate, they averaged 96 points game (93 post all star game) on 80 shots. The Wiz average 100 ppg (103 post all star) on 85 shots. For the Pacers to win, I think they have to keep the Wiz to a mid 90's ppg average. Running up and down the court putting up 85+ shots benefits the younger/faster Wiz. The Pacers could counter with a small lineup including Copeland/Turner and benihana (:huh:) for West/Hibbert and Hill but those guys are not defensive players, you might get more points but you'll probably give up more also. And Vogel has shown a stubborness to change anyway (and you are right, I doubt they practice the zone). So they should try and get the Wiz to play the Pacers type game. Again, go with a zone, protect the rim and protect your weaknesses (lack of speed/defense from West/Hibbert) make Wall/Ariza/Beal bomb from far and Nene/Gortat turn into mid range shooters. If they shoot the lights out, you tip your hat to them.
I see what you mean, I just disagree. If the team isn't playing together well now, imagine the miscommunications when randomly trotting out a zone D. I don't think that's a situation where George OR Hibbert can most be effective. They just have to hope that they play better.
IND and WAS were literally next to each other in pace this year, and IND has George and Stephenson, a one-man fast break. I don't think a faster pace is a significant advantage (if any) for WAS.
Beal shot a high-volume 40% from 3 this year, Ariza shot a higher-volume 41% from 3. I get the concept of making them take longer shots, tipping your cap, but zone = easier shots, and that extra point is worth quite a lot. It's not the same as forcing someone to shoot open long 2s. Atlanta should have beaten them using primarily the 3-ball...do you really want to encourage Washington to do the same, while making it easier for them?