The Jay Graves Report

Why the Pacers will ONLY go as far as Jeff Teague will take them! “Engine”

"I got it playa!"

Christopher Lasch, the well-known historian, once said, “Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising.” William Gladstone, the 19th Century Prime Minister of Great Britain, chopped it up into little pieces when he shouted, “Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.” Then David Blaine, the magician, shut the buildin’ down when he spit, “Whether you’re shuffling a deck of cards or holding your breath, magic is pretty simple: It comes down to training, practice, and experimentation, followed up by ridiculous pursuit and relentless perseverance.”

Well playas…was he talkin’ about magic or the game of basketball? Because it comes down to trainin’, practice and experimentation, followed by the same ridiculous pursuit and relentless perseverance. On Monday night the Washington Wizards rolled into Bankers Life Fieldhouse on a three game winnin’ streak with a back court that’s NUTS!!! John Wall and Bradley Beal can be deadly if you allow them to have their way. Unfortunately for them, the Pacers hadn’t read their bios. With PG13 on fire the Pacers held the Wizards in check 107-105 with a Thaddeus Young floater with .9 seconds left to get out of the joint alive.

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Boyz had to be relentless, to say the least, to walk out of there with a “W” in regulation. The Blue and Gold had six players in double figures with Paul George leadin’ the way with 27 points and 9 rebounds followed by strong performance by Jeff Teague with 23 points and 10 assists!!

Let’s pause like a comma right there bruh. Jeff Teague went to work on these boyz bein’ aggressive with the rock and handlin’ the offense like a conductor at the New York Symphony. For the longest time the Pacers haven’t had a true dun runnin’ the point. Now that Teague is back at the crib they’ve got a boy that knows how to drive the whip without tearin’ it up. They’ve got scorers in cats like PG13, CJ Miles and Rodney Stuckey (when that dun is healthy). They’ve got a legitimate rim protector in Myles Turner and they’ve even got a two guard, for the time bein’, in Glenn Robinson III that can add some energy to the floor along with length.  He’s holdin’ it down while Monta’s hurt but on some real talk he needs to be startin’ playa even after ole boy comes back.

Well anyway, Teague’s ability to handle the point gives the Pacers a dimension that they haven’t seen in years. On Monday he kept attackin’ the basket and gettin’ to the charity stripe. By havin’ a cat that can do that he takes the stress off of PG13 and the rest of the offense.

Yeah, we all saw Paul George score 27 points against these boyz but it was Jeff Teague who was the catalyst in this win. I know boyz will think that I’m crazy but the Pacers will go as far as Jeff Teague’s ability to ball out at the point guard position. Yeah I know that PG is the man but Teague is the engine. He’s got to be in rhythm for this thing to work.

Thaddeus Young finished the night with 12 points and 11 rebounds on his way to Big Momma’s house. CJ Miles and Al Jefferson both knocked down 10 apiece comin’ out of the bushes.

I’m quite sure the Pacers are happy that the joint didn’t go into overtime because they’re in action tonight in New York against the dull Knicks.  Jeff Teague may as well renew his CDL license because he’s gotta drive the bus from here on out. He can’t be as inconsistent as he’s been up to this point if this team is goin’ to be any good. Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Spit: verb – to say

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

3) Whip: noun – luxury vehicle

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its REAL talk!