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  • May 2, 2018 11:35 PM EDT
    TSNs Jack Armstrong offers his thoughts on the surprising Indian Pacers, a passive Chris Bosh, John Beilein as a head coach candidate, Scott Brooks big test and the breakout opportunity for Kawai Leonard. [b]Custom Toronto Raptors Jerseys[/b] . 1. Indiana Pacers: Who were those guys on Sunday? Wow. Where you been? Complete and total all-around performance on both sides of the ball. Can they sustain this for three more wins? Not convinced yet but they surely gained confidence that if they play to the level of their potential like Sunday, they can go toe-to-toe with Miami. 2. Chris Bosh (Heat): Too often was passive on Sunday and didnt exert his will. Hes a tough cover on the perimeter for David West and Roy Hibbert. Must show up and play with more energy and efficency. When hes making his mid-range jumper along with a few 3s, the court gets spaced out and the Heat are tough to stop. Need him engaged defensively and on the boards as well. 3. John Beilein (University of Michigan): Ive said all along the best target for GMs looking for a head coach was Stan Van Gundy. The Pistons made a smart move getting him. Now I will follow up once again on what Ive said many times before. If you are a GM thats progressive and willing to think outside the box instead of hiring a retread former head coach or some name ex-player, go get this guy. Pound for pound as good a coach thats out there today. Some college coaches cant or wont make the NBA jump. I have NO doubt that hed be an outstanding coup for a pro team. Hes a brilliant tactician, developer of talent and as imaginative an offensive mind that youll find out there today. It will take an owner and GM that have a true sense of the sport but if I were in the shoes of one of the five current teams with an opening, I would be trying to convince him to join my team. Teams spend a fortune in salaries and trying to develop young players yet throw money away doing the same old, same old. I assure you that this guy has IT. Makes a lot and actually too much sense to me. 4. Scott Brooks (Thunder): With Serge Ibaka out for the series, the head coach of the Thunder needs to mix/match with his front court rotations and find a way to get Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in space to create tremendous scoring chances yet make sure the ball moves with a purpose and not be too ISO oriented. Balance and proper usage are critical here. Major test of his creativity. 5. Kawai Leonard (Spurs): Last years playoffs were a breakout forum for him and that has to continue here. Outstanding defender who will have his hands full at his position and has the shot-making ability on the perimeter to impact the series. He must be that consistent player with all aspects of his game. Need big-time effort out of a guy that can greatly impact the series. [b]DeMar DeRozan Jersey[/b] . But back-up Peter Budaj has put up two wins and an overtime loss while starting three games in four nights since Price went down with a suspected groin injury. [b]Delon Wright Jersey[/b] . The win puts the final playoff berth in Group A in question. If the Czechs beat Slovakia on Tuesday, they will go through. If they lose, Germany will get the last quarter-final berth.Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish spoke out on Thursday and pulled no punches when talking about his clubs poor start to the season. The Oilers have been shut out in three straight home games and are in last place in the Western Conference with a 4-14-2 record. "Things have obviously not gone as well as I would have thought probable...Im frustrated, Im pissed off...I want to see results," MacTavish said at a news conference. MacTavish said the Oilers "self-destructed" in their first six games, and said that their "low point" was a 5-0 home loss to Detroit on Nov. 2. The Oilers general manager also spoke about rookie head coach Dallas Eakins, whom he hired over the summer from the AHLs Toronto Marlies. "What this team needs is continuity in coaching, and theyre going to get it... (Eakins is) hitting all the right messages," said MacTavish. Despite their early-season struggles, MacTavish is still supporting his playeers and coaching staff. [b]Bruno Caboclo Jersey[/b]. He said he met with his players on Thursday and said "were all suffering together." "I have not seen the same, beat-up, negative group that Ive seen here in the past. If I thought for one instant it was a lack of work ethic on the players part, wed be having a much different conversation. "Im going to continue to support this group, and I think the players deserve my support... I feel and see progress," added MacTavish. MacTavish also addressed Edmontons player needs, starting with their defence corps. "The blueline needs to be improved upon... do we need a big stud defenceman? It would help immensely," said MacTavish. But MacTavish explained that hes not willing to part with one of his teams core pieces at this time. In terms of a message to frustrated Oilers fans, MacTavish offered, "Its painful, but were going to get through this and eventually be a much improved team." Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic China Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '