What do Richard Hamilton, Carmelo Anthony, Rickey Davis, Glenn Robinson, Rashard Lewis, Corey Maggette, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, and Allen Iverson all have in common?
They have all been a victimized by Indianaâ€™s defense, which is lead by defensive superstar Ron Artest.
Artest is regularly given the assignment of defending the opposing teamâ€™s best player and he regularly shuts that player down. Of the players mentioned above only three have managed to score double digits against Artest, and all have been held under their season average. In fact this impressive list of offensive performers have averaged a shockingly low 6.7 points on 21.5% shooting, compared to their combined season average of 19.4 points per game.
Artestâ€™s most impressive defensive effort came against Timberwolf guard Latrell Sprewell. Artest held Sprewell, who averages over 15 points per game, to zero points on 0-8 shooting. Teammate Reggie Miller told the AP that Artestâ€™s defensive play was "Unbelievable," adding, "I've seen him have great nights against great offensive players, but tonight was his most consistent effort. He got into a defensive zone, if there is such a thing. He went after it. He recognized that Spree was struggling and stayed in his jock."
As impressive as his defensive numbers are, Ronâ€™s most impressive number may be zero. That is the number of Technical and Flagrant Fouls Artest has this season. When asked what caused the change in his play Artest told NBA.com that â€œI want to have a chance to see what my potential is,â€? Artest said, adding â€œI want to see how far the team can go when Iâ€™m level-headed and how far I can go when Iâ€™m level-headed.
Pacer Coach Rick Carlisle added that â€œHeâ€™s (Artest) playing with great composure and his game has taken a quantum leap in recent weeks and I expect him to continue to play well.â€?
Artest has already begun to garner praise for his play in this early season. On November 10 Ron was named Player of the Week in the East. Ron is considered a lock for the All-Star game after being snubbed last season and is the generally considered the reason that the Pacers are the best defensive team in the league, holding opponents to 80.4 points a game. Though to Artest none of that matters if his team doesnâ€™t succeed.
â€œIt all boils down to the team.â€? Artest told NBA.com â€œItâ€™s not just me, me, me. I feel like Iâ€™m unstoppable, but this is about the team.â€?
You mean they don't even show it locally? That's wak.FirstLady wrote:Can somebody please post the link to an on-line broadcast of tonight's game? I'm in figgin' Indiana and the game isn't being televised on NBA Season Pass!
soniclude wrote:You mean they don't even show it locally? That's wak.
o0O kb8 O0o wrote:man guys...im gettin kinda bored...no one can even give us a good fight anymore...
Yea I'm pretty sure they do most of the home games, if not all of them. Away games are harder to find because it depends on the city they're in, but I'll do my best to get 'em.Bolong wrote:FUKKIN AWESOME! I live near Toronto and I can't believe I can listen in! Does this station ALWAYS broadcast Laker games? If so... I'm in Canadian-Laker-Loving Heaven!
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