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Raskolnikov
03-24-2006, 12:37 PM
I thought this was interesting. Especially the 'TRENDS' section contains some knowledgeable trends.

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PREVIEW

Jermaine O'Neal didn't choose the timing of his comeback to coincide with Friday night's meeting with the rival Pistons. It just happened to work out that way.


"I'm looking forward to playing against those guys," he said "To tell you the truth, I'm looking forward to playing against anybody, I've been out so long."

O'Neal scored 16 points with six rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench in Wednesday night's 95-85 victory over Chicago. His return gives the Pacers close to a full complement of players. Only Austin Croshere, still recovering from his second concussion of the season, is unavailable. O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley, who also missed a significant chunk of the season, are both working their way back into game shape off the bench for the time being.

"It's essential that we have some time to get him re-integrated into our team," said Coach Rick Carlisle. "There's going to be an adjustment here because we've been running a lot more, we've been doing a lot more movement stuff. We're going to have to continue with that but at times the ball is going to have to go through him inside. With him and J.T. back into it, we're in the process of an adjustment period of sorts. We've got to work through those things and it'll take some games."

Assuming he avoids a setback in his recovery from a torn groin muscle suffered Jan. 24, O'Neal will have 16 more regular-season games, which he believes should be plenty of time to regain his form.

"It's more than enough time," he said. "The funny thing is, the first half I wasn't as tired but I felt rusty. The second half, I was a little bit tired and I started to get a rhythm. I started to feel a little bit how I felt when I left off. That's what it's about right now.

"It's not necessarily about me getting a rhythm. It's about me and my teammates getting a rhythm together and making a run. We feel like we have something special but we have to put in the work to get to that special level."

The Pacers can't allow themselves to believe O'Neal's return will be a panacea for the problems that have plagued them of late. They had lost three of four prior to beating the Bulls. Stephen Jackson, who scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against Chicago, said the team still has some recovering of its own to do.

"As far as personnel, (the team is whole)," he said, "but as far as playing, we've got a lot of work to do. Nobody can make excuses now. We have everybody back. It's time to go to work and play like we know how." <HR>
TRENDS

The Pacers have shot .256 from the 3-point line in the last eight games and .275 in the last 11. Indiana is 19-15 against teams with winning records. The bench has been outscored in three straight games by a margin of 123-77. Jeff Foster has averaged 10.6 points and 13.0 rebounds (5.7 offensive) in the last seven games. Danny Granger has averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and .567 shooting in the last six. David Harrison has gone 11-of-14 from the free-throw line (.786) in the last three and 38-of-61 (.623) in the last 13, raising his season mark to .497. Jackson has shot .356 overall in the last 11 games and is 7-of-33 from the 3-point line (.212) in the last eight. Anthony Johnson has averaged 14.2 points and 5.3 assists in his last 19. Johnson has 25 assists against four turnovers in the last four. Fred Jones has averaged 3.3 points on .222 shooting in his last seven, going scoreless in the last two in a row. Tinsley has averaged 9.0 points and 3.4 assists while shooting .446 overall in nine games since returning from an elbow injury.
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KEY MATCHUP

Though Detroit has the best starting five in the league, the Pacers should have a much better bench, particularly as long as Tinsley and O'Neal are part of it. Though Jones has slumped badly since injuring his left thumb, with Granger and either Harrison or Pollard in the mix, Indiana's best chance is to use its second unit like a second wave in an effort to overwhelm the thinner Pistons.
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INJURIES

Pacers - C Scot Pollard (left foot) is probable; F Austin Croshere (concussion) is out. Pistons - G Tony Delk (hamstring) is probable; C Kelvin Cato (ankle) is out.

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http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/preview_060324.html

sweabs
03-24-2006, 12:50 PM
Fortunately we have Pollard available for this game.

I just want to see a continued strong effort on the boards now that JO is back. All I ask is that Jermaine box out down low...because if he doesn't, I know Foster and Pollard will do their job on the glass.

Jon Theodore
03-24-2006, 01:41 PM
Tins and Jermaine better BRING IT tonight.

Mourning
03-24-2006, 02:18 PM
I think Freddie shouldn't be playing rightnow. Seems to me that he brings more downside then upside, because of that injury to his finger.

And Rick should emphasize to SJax to LIMIT the number of shots he takes, especially from 3PT territory, we can't afford that sort of stuff.

I think this is not your ordinary game and opponent though. This will be a match in which I think everyone knows something extra is expected and the same goes for the opponent.

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

sweabs
03-24-2006, 02:38 PM
And Rick should emphasize to SJax to LIMIT the number of shots he takes, especially from 3PT territory, we can't afford that sort of stuff.

Definitely!

Jack abused Rip down in the low post the first time we met...I'd like to see him continue that gameplan. If he starts catching fire from that position again, that should open things up for Peja and JO.

Jon Theodore
03-24-2006, 02:42 PM
the only way we win is if Jack has a goodnight. We basically cant afford anyone to be off, besides Fred because he will be off regardless.

CableKC
03-24-2006, 03:07 PM
Definitely!

Jack abused Rip down in the low post the first time we met...I'd like to see him continue that gameplan. If he starts catching fire from that position again, that should open things up for Peja and JO.
When we get the SJax that drives to the hoop and draw fouls.....he's unstoppable. The problem is that we usually end up with the SJax that settles for mid to 3pt range jumpshots.

If we see the "inside-outside" SJax....he can be a difference maker.....if we see the "go one on one" SJax that tries to backdown Rip.....I'm not surprised if we see a standard 5-20 FG night from SJax.

Deadshot
03-24-2006, 03:36 PM
So is tonight's game only on NBATV? I can't believe my NBALP doesn't include that channel.

Kstat
03-24-2006, 03:39 PM
Its on NBA TV.

CableKC
03-24-2006, 03:50 PM
Here is another interesting trend.....all based on stats....and I know how much all of you love stats:

From the beginning of February until the most recent game, here is how SJax and Peja statistically have been doing ( on average over a total of 23 games ):

Peja
FG% - 48.8% / 6.8 (FGM) - 14.8 (FGA) / 19.4 ppg
3pt % - 42.5% / 2.2 (3ptM) - 5.2 (3ptA)
FT% - 90% / 3.7 (FTM) - 4.0 (FTA)

SJax
FG% - 38% / 5.9 (FGM) - 15.3 (FGA) / 16.5 ppg
3pt % - 33% / 1.4 (3ptM) - 4.3 (3ptA)
FT% - 84% / 3.3 (FTM) - 4.0 (FTA)

The only reason why I bring this up is because of what impact JONeal and Tinsley is going to have in the offense. JONeal is going to eat into those FGA that both SJax and Peja have been taking.

Who do you think should be the get the ball ( SJax or Peja ) more often now that JONeal integrated into the lineup?

Although the straight forward answer should be Peja....I think it will come down to who is hot and who they are matched up against. I just hope that Carlisle recognizes this.......but more importantely....I hope the majority of the time....its Peja....mainly cuz he's the safer bet to putting up points.....unless we are playing a team with a defensive stopper at the SF spot.

bulletproof
03-24-2006, 03:51 PM
Its on NBA TV.

Dammit! :mad:

D-BONE
03-24-2006, 07:34 PM
Thanks, Roskolnikov. Based on the trends section, I'd just like to give credit to:

-AJ: 25 to 4 assist to turnover ratio is great! I don't care how he got it or in what circumstances of the last four games. That's outstanding regardless.

-DH: Heck of a turnaround at the charity stripe! Hope this becomes the norm as opposed to the season average now RAISED to .497!

Nice work, gents!

Jermaniac
03-24-2006, 07:49 PM
You guys are supposed to get NBA Tv for free when you get the LP

Kstat
03-24-2006, 07:53 PM
not all areas do.

Detroit didnt get it until last season, and we still had league PASS before that.

Jermaniac
03-24-2006, 07:57 PM
Thats messed up, they didnt turn it on for me at first. But then I called and said I would switch over to Direct TV if they didnt turn it on and what do you know I had NBA Tv.

Deadshot
03-25-2006, 08:24 AM
Thats messed up, they didnt turn it on for me at first. But then I called and said I would switch over to Direct TV if they didnt turn it on and what do you know I had NBA Tv.

My cable company has it fixed where you have to buy a special sports package to get NBATV, and it's like $3 a month. I've called them about it in the past.