The Jay Graves Report

Why Nate McMillan’s doin’ a helluva job of coachin’ the Pacers! “Holdin’ It Down”

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The trade deadline came and went on Thursday and the Pacers didn’t sniff at makin’ a move. They ran over to Boston and knocked off the Celtics on Friday and beat the brakes off of the New York Knicks on Sunday evenin’ 121-113.

There wasn’t a need that made sense for them to play with their roster so they didn’t and it was evident in their thrashin’ of New York. Well…everbody’s thrashin’ New York these days but you get my point. The Pacers exploded to a 68 point first half with boyz clickin’ on all cylinders.

Victor Oladipo finished the night with a game high 30 points. He dropped off 8 rebounds and 9 assists to go along with it. Bojan Bogdanovic dropped off 20 points for good measure as Thaddeus Young put up a solid double-double finishin’ with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lance “The Don Dada” came out of the bushes with 15 on a boy and some Broadway theatrics in transition.

What I love about Lance is the showman in him but every now and then it gets him into trouble. Ole boy was comin’ down the floor on the break and tried to do a hop skip miss-direction pass on a boy and fell. Nate McMillan looked at that dun like he wanted to pull all of his teeth out of his mouth and put them back in upside down. Like he wanted to just run out on the floor and start wrestlin’ with him right on the floor where he laid.

But Nate bein’ Nate he was as cool as a cucumber and just pulled him out of the game at the start of the second quarter to think about the foolishness he just did. It was a wise old Big Momma move. He didn’t say anything to him because he didn’t need to. When Lance came back into the game he was under complete control and he balled out.

That’s what I love about Nate’s approach to coachin’ this team. He allows his players to be themselves and it works. He started the season with 9 new faces in that locker room and the chemistry has never been better. Give that man his props for handlin’ this team with the right touch.

It should be fun to see what they look like once Glenn Robinson III comes back after the All-Star break. They’ve already overachieved from a media and fan expectation by winnin’ 32 games already. However, have they done what they’ve set out to do? Let’s just sit in the cut let it play out but I’ve got to give Nate his props for goin’ work this first half of the season. Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) Ole boy: noun – the person that I’m currently talkin’ about.

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

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