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Pacers have struggled since trading Danny Granger. Heat official: ‘Now you see why we didn’t trade’ Udonis Haslem.

Apr 4, 2014, 8:21 PM EST

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The Pacers have gone through all kinds of turmoil following a strong start to the season that had them atop the Eastern Conference standings until just recently.

Paul George has struggled both on and off the court, Roy Hibbert has called out his teammates’ selfishness, and perhaps most importantly, the losses are piling up, with Indiana having won just seven times in its last 17 contests.

One might wonder if it can all be traced back to the deadline deal that saw the Pacers trade Danny Granger.

Chemistry is extremely fragile on any championship contender, and it goes beyond simple Xs and Os. Despite not really doing much since getting healthy, Granger was the team’s elder statesman, having been there for more than eight seasons and acting as a locker room leader for the team’s younger core players.

A Miami Heat official pointed to Indiana’s struggles as the reason they chose to keep their longest tenured player as the trade deadline passed.

From Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

Heat players have referred to the risks you run when reshuffling a contender so late in the season.

As one Heat official recently put it, “Now you see why we didn’t trade U.D.” …

How would that have gone over?

“That’s a tough question,” Mario Chalmers said, measuring his words. “U.D., besides Dwyane and Bron and CB, he is the heart and soul of this team. He is one of the captains, one of the leaders on this team. He sets a good example for everybody else. I don’t know. It wouldn’t have been a good thing.”

Haslem has found himself in the starting lineup as of late, and has been positively affecting the team’s net rating far more than Shane Battier or Greg Oden had been able to in their opportunities there this season. He’s remained ready, and Miami has needed him on the court when it didn’t look like that would be the case when the season first began.

It’s easy to pile on the Pacers for what sure seems like a mistake now, when Haslem is contributing and Indiana has fallen off a cliff since dealing Granger. But chemistry is an undeniable component to winning a an NBA title, and unless the Pacers prove that they can regain it come playoff time, the consensus will be that their midseason trade was extremely short-sighted.

  1. ufools - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    What a coincidence….Clippers have been steamrolling people since the trade…..

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      That and Chris Paul has stayed healthy.

  2. southpaw77 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Or that cancer named Andrew Bynum. Wonder if he has put up any half court shots like he did in Cavaliers practice? Probably not he’s hurt from bowling, err I mean hooping for 10 minutes.

    • adoombray - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      You have absolutely no idea what actually happened there, but way to perpetuate media stereotypes.

  3. sumkat - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    They have Bynum and Turner.

    The Sixers are contagious, which means cavs may as well throw in the towell

    • phillyroni - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Wow,, now we see what Hinkie saw when he arrived,, Bynum (won’t play) and ET (can’t play, but don’t try to tell him that). Hinkie earned his pay just by ridding Philly of those two poison snakes. Now at least we can start again,,,

  4. hankbutterfingers - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    And struggled with him. And he was struggling too. Watch the games before submitting this tripe.

  5. jimeejohnson - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Heat can be beat.

  6. chrisswitzer2189 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    pacers are awful now. they ruined their chances this year with signing bynum late and trading granger for turner but I’m hoping we can sign turner and the team be ready for a real title run next year. i think trade helps the pacers in the long run tho. cj watson being out doesn’t help either. chris copeland has been a disappointment. scola a little but I’m fine with him since he’s better than hansbourgh. we probably shouldn’t have matched the max deal on hibbert but you gotta do it since they are a small market team. I’m fine with a max deal on george. the deal on hill is terrible..hes a combo guard/ 6 man. he’s not a starting pg. stephenson will get over paid… david west is overpaid too. the pacers are a overpaid defensive team. should’ve drafted tim hardaway jr over hill. hill was a projected late 2nd rounder. why did we take him a round early? we could’ve still got him… then in 2012 we drafted plumlee over draymond green??? wtf was that? 2011 traded kawhi leonard for george hill? 3 drafts straight we completely screwed up. should’ve drafted isiah thomas and peyton siva in the second round in 2011 and 2013. oh yeah, why trade a 7 ft center you just drafted for cash? waste of a pick.

    pacers should be looking like this:

    isiah thomas/cj watson/peyton siva
    lance stephenson/evan turner/tim hardaway jr
    paul george/kawhi leonard/chris copeland
    david west/draymond green
    roy hibbert/ian mahinmi/colton iverson

    • phillyroni - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Turner ??? You want them to sign Turner ???
      Good luck with that one….
      He SUCKS !!!!

  7. jbeagles23 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    The heat can be beat. By the west.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      I’m not seeing a team that can beat them. The Spurs obviously are the best candidate because they’re the most disciplined – and you’re going to have to play perfect, and get a little lucky, to beat Miami in a series (last year the Spurs had to set records just to keep up with them).

      But if OKC beats the Spurs, which I think is likely – well, who actually believes that OKC can beat Miami in a series? Durant is intimidated by LeBron and Westbrook is going to find ways to lose games all by himself. After those two, there isn’t much else to worry about.

      • jvw1982 - Apr 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        That’s not how I saw last yrs finals……Spurs let that championship get away, up by 6 with 32 seconds to play in game 6 leading 3-2…….Spurs are on a mission, only OKC has a chance at beating them this yr and I don’t see that happening, My guess is they don’t play more than 6 games in any series……

      • antistratfordian - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        The West might surprise us this year though. And the Spurs are on a mission every year – but no one can tell what they’re going to do. They’re like a balm – no one can tell what a balm is going to do – they’re unpredictable.

        The Spurs let the championship “slip away” because the reason they were able to extend the series was unsustainable (record breaking shooting). But that’s typically the way you beat the Heat – you have to make your threes or you’re going to lose – and because Miami is such a good shooting team themselves, you have to make an inordinate amount of them.

        We kind of saw that today with the Knicks.

  8. void96eater - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    No loyalty in the Pacers organization. The struggling they have to deal with now is what they get for sending away someone who turned their franchise around.

    Kudos to the Heat for keeping UD.

  9. adamsjohn714 - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    I’m sure that the Heat had to take the phone off the hook to avoid all those offers for Haslem. Chemistry was the only reason that he wasn’t traded. Definitely.

    • miamatt - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Actually, the Sixers offered Evan Turner to Miami prior to making the trade with Indiana. They wanted Haslem, a first round pick, and another minor piece… Tony Douglas I believe.

      There are players in this league that the Heat locker room could understand trading UD for.

      Evan Turner is not one of those players. And good for Miami recognizing this fact.

      • adamsjohn714 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        They wanted the pick and didn’t want Turner. They would have waived Haslem immediately. Either way, explaining Indiana’s regression to the mean via some constructed “chemistry” argument is just silly. They’re just not a very good offensive team, and their pace to start the season was due to them playing way above their collective heads.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        “their pace to start the season” wasn’t much more than one would expect from the team anointed by the media and by many here to dethrone the Heat in the East. If you can reproduce a post of yours that saw things differently back then, my hat’s off to you, because you will be one of very few who foresaw this.

  10. jcmeyer10 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    And if I know my lady she would add the Perk for Jeff Green trade. Sometimes (don’t let her hear me say this) you shouldn’t mess with a good thing.

    • turkbox420 - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Why Perkins is horrid? Jeff Green is Boston`s 2nd best player and he had a bad heart his 1st year or else he would have balled out then too.

  11. lonnie49 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Hibbert averaging less than 5 boards a game for last 20, might be a bigger factor.

    • neko123 - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Hibbert, or his lack of aggression, is the main reason that they’re going in the toilet.He should be averaging a double double in points and rebounds, plus 2-3 blocks a game. Looks like a big contract has made him complacent. The Knicks are more likely to upset the Heat than the Pacers. Heat vs. Spurs is too close to call…

  12. bartmuley - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Does the writer realize that the Pacers had basically been without Granger for a year and a half the past two seasons? They did fine without Granger. Every team has ups and downs, hopefully the Pacers work out whatever problem is going on right now. They’re still right there for number one seed in the East with a 2-1 season advantage over the Heat.

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