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PBT Extra: What’s next for Pacers, Thunder?

Jun 2, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

Indiana and Oklahoma are teams on the cusp — Oklahoma City was a legitimate title contender come the playoffs, the Pacers looked like it the first half of the season but lost their way.

So how do they take the next step? That’s what Kay Adams and I discuss in the latest edition of PBT Extra.

In neither case should you expect a big shake up — both coaches are staying put (most likely, it’s not official with Brooks yet) and both teams are already over the salary cap line so they are not going on a spending spree. The moves will be minor (Larry Bird said as much about the Pacers).

Still, if you are the Pacers, what do you do about Lance Stephenson, how much do you offer him? If you are the Thunder, how do you provide more structure for your role players and better depth. There are no easy answers.

  1. udleerc - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Both teams need a true point guard

    • yesser12 - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      sigh..This same nonsense again. Russ was the best player on the team for the whole playoff run. Not his fault the bench was poor, he can’t make Fish and Butler play like they are young. Can’t tell Brooks to adjust.

      People need to stop with this annoying true pg statement.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        we won’t stop… because while Westbrook IS a fantastic player who is playing point guard…

        he is NOT a point guard.

  2. arrondior - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    If you are the Thunder, you take a look at depth. That’s their biggest weakness right now. They could also use a playbook that confuses opposing defenses a bit. When Ibaka, Westbrook, and Durant are on the floor, that SHOULD be a nightmare for opposing teams. IF you are the Thunder, you are taking a little solace in the fact that the Spurs core is old and injury prone.

    If you are the Pacers, you take a look at the playoffs this year and have to wonder if you face Atlanta or Washington next year, whether you have the scoring or depth to beat either in a seven game series again. We aren’t even talking about the Heat yet or a possibly much improved Bulls team if they are able to sign a nice Free Agent (and Rose will be returning too). This was the Pacers year, if ever there was one. They got the number 1 seed, they got the match ups they thought they wanted, yet they struggled all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. Looking at their books, I don’t know if they can really make any moves in the off season that could get them to the Eastern Conference Finals next year. My gut feeling has the Pacers absent from the ECF next year.

  3. jbeagles23 - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Westbrook is phenomenal, as is Durant but like wade , one of them are going to have to take a back seat

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      Westbrook needs to take a back seat…

      And I’m not saying this because of KD’s MVP etc…

      KD is one of the most efficient scorers in the game… Westbrook is far from efficient in his scoring.

      To have such a pure scorer like KD who does so with great efficieny, he CAN’T be relegated to taking the back seat.

      If Westbrook were more efficient, I would have said him. It’s not about name but production.

      Teams only get so many possessions and field goal attempts each game and when you have a high level scorer who scores efficiently, give him the ball…

      It’s odds and he gives you the best odds game in and game out… Ride your horse as opposed to leaving him in the stall.

  4. jzone954 - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    They need to make a nice move, enough with minor tweaks here and there. Go for gusto with the thunder

  5. time4complaints - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    The Thunder should sign Patty Mills to play back up point guard so Reggie Jackson can move to the starting lineup, and hope Jeremy Lamp and Perry Jones take the next step in their development and thus become consistent contributors to the second unit. The Pacers need to move George Hill, sign Kyle Lowry and find a more productive replacement for Evan Turner.

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