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smj887
02-01-2011, 04:49 PM
Went to the game last night and sat in section 11, usually the Pacers go towards that basket in the 2nd half but they started there last night, then were on the far end from us during the 2nd half.

I realized I had no idea what determines the direction teams go to start the game - my guess is it's the coach's choice since last night was Vogel's first game. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Since86
02-01-2011, 04:52 PM
I thought it was just backwards from college/high school.

The offense goes towards their basket in the first half, but away from it in the second.

BPump33
02-01-2011, 04:55 PM
I think the Raptors just came in and went to the wrong basket. That's only the second time this year that we went towards our bench at the end of the game that I can remember.

xIndyFan
02-01-2011, 04:55 PM
think it is the visiting teams choice. vaguely remember reading that somewhere. :laugh:

BPump33
02-01-2011, 05:02 PM
think it is the visiting teams choice. vaguely remember reading that somewhere. :laugh:

That might actually be true. We almost always go the opposite from last night, however.

joeyd
02-01-2011, 05:03 PM
Could be wrong, but it's my understanding that the visiting team chooses the side they wish to shoot from first. Specifically it is the visiting coaches decision. It was either the Vince Carter-led Raptors or Nets that would always choose the opposite side, and I always envisioned it as a decision that was designed to just throw the other team off from their usual routine. Though I don't recall it ever having much of an effect. No reason why it should.

BillS
02-01-2011, 05:06 PM
Visiting team chooses, and it is usually picked so that the home team is away from their bench in the second half after they swap.

Trophy
02-01-2011, 05:07 PM
I thought something wasn't right.

I thought that teams begin the first half shooting in front of their bench then switch in the second half.

Day-V
02-01-2011, 05:14 PM
I think the last time this happened was against Toronto.

Unclebuck
02-01-2011, 06:11 PM
bill is correct.

visiting team chooses. Most teams want their defense in front of their bench in the second half. Exceptions: Sloan, Byron Scott

cdash
02-01-2011, 06:16 PM
bill is correct.

visiting team chooses. Most teams want their defense in front of their bench in the second half. Exceptions: Sloan, Byron Scott

Why do Sloan and Scott differ from the others?

beast23
02-02-2011, 12:41 AM
Why do Sloan and Scott differ from the others?Because their last names begin with "S"?