The Point Guard Problem in Indiana

February 23rd, 2010 by Pace Miller Leave a reply »
The Indiana Pacers have a dilemma. They have three point guards in TJ Ford, Earl Watson, and AJ Price, but Coach O'Brien will only play two.  With the playoffs all but out of reach, who should play and who should sit?

This season, the Pacers have tried just about everything at the pivotal point guard spot without much success. 

They began with TJ Ford, who was handed the starting role again after Jarrett Jack fled to the Toronto Raptors during the offseason.  For whatever reason, the speedy Ford turned into a shoot-first point guard that still had major difficulties running the offense.

By January, things had gotten so bad that Ford was pushed out of the rotation completely in favor of the average but steady Earl Watson, while rookie AJ Price moved into the primary backup role.  According to O'Brien, this gave the Pacers their best chance to win.

When Earl Watson left the Pacers for personal reasons in early February, Price was promoted to starter while Ford was called back to the bench.  Ford "flourished" in those two games (11 and 20 points, respectively), and consequently when Watson returned from his short hiatus, it was Pric ...

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