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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

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Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

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  • #31
    Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

    I tend to think it has to do more with his contract than anything. Both him and Dun always will be looked at as having two of the worst contracts in the league for what they produce on the court. Those two contracts hender the Pacers from having financial flexibility. I tend to think that the past couple of seasons the reason that the team did not make the playoffs was the lack of defense. Murphy is slow footed and tends to get a lot of his rebounds uncontested which increase his numbers. You couple that with his hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee contract people tend to have harsh feelings.
    JOB is a silly man


    • #32
      Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

      Originally posted by duke dynamite View Post
      I for some strange reason still do not think that the +/- is a fair assessment of a player. It really dismisses any other kind of intangible play.
      You're right. Individual +/- is about as useful as adding the temperature to the day of the month and dividing by miles per gallon.

      Sure, its a stat/ number. Just a worthless one.

      Five-man +/- is very, very useful, however. Its a great assessment of a LINEUP, which consists of ... players.
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      Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
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      • #33
        Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

        Originally posted by ChicagoJ View Post
        You're right. Individual +/- is about as useful as adding the temperature to the day of the month and dividing by miles per gallon.

        Sure, its a stat/ number. Just a worthless one.

        Five-man +/- is very, very useful, however. Its a great assessment of a LINEUP, which consists of ... players.
        Yeah, but even the 5-man +/- doesn't tell the whole story. For example lately the Pacers starters have a much worse +/- than the bench players, but two huge factors. The starters generally play against the other team's starters, so yes the fact that they aren't doing well maks some sense. Also the flow of the game isn't factered in to the stat. For example if the starters fall down by a score 34 - 15 by th end of the first quarter it only makes sense that the second quarter is going to be a lot different the chances of another 34-15 against quarter are nil, in fact chances are the score will tighten up no matter if the starters are in the game or the reserves, just the law of averages and opponent letting up.

        Plus a lot of times if the game is decided before the fourth quarter starts, the bench players will play the fourth and invariably the score tightens UP AND THE BENCH PLAYERS +/- will be much better than the starters


        • #34
          Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

          Like any other statistic, +/- is only useful IN CONTEXT. ANY statistic taken out of context can be made to mean whatever you want it to mean.

          A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
          Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...


          • #35
            Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

            Originally posted by NuffSaid View Post
            But we lost and things truly began to go down hill in a hurry once he went out with a sprained ankle. I'm not defending Troy, just saying the team losing can't be blamed on him alone.
            Err, the 19 point hole?

            Yes, apart from that it was all good till he went out.

            His defense is just amazingly bad at times. Don't watch the ball, just watch him for a few trips. Or rewind plays on the DVR. It's rough.

            Individual +/- over the long haul is easily as valuable as the 5 man. The problem with 5 man stats is the amount of measure minutes for any 1 group is tiny. Contrast that with the season long individual +/- and that guy has eventually played with every other guy on the court.

            It's twice as damning when one starter is really high and the other is really low. Somehow one guy just always gets stuck playing with the duds for 5 minutes night after night?

            People have this misconception that you only have 10-15 core 5 man groups, but that's not true. I did my own 5 man +/- a few years ago and it was ridiculously complex. I couldn't believe that every single game you saw 2-3 combos you'd never seen before, but I had to keep adding them.

            If you have a poor individual +/- then you are definitely going to be part of some of the worst 5 man groups. That's the math on it. So then you look at those other 5 man groups that are "dragging him down" and wonder "why aren't those other 4 below him on the individual list".

            +/- doesn't say what, but it does notice that something is wrong, and it's not just "bad luck with game time or slop time". In a given game, sure. You can live off other guys.

            But then isn't that true for individual stats? Do you throw out garbage time rebounds or assists? Hell, we don't even throw out "rotate the pass, chuck a 3" assists as if they are the same as a drive to double team, dump for dunk pass from Stockton.

            Have you really looked at the +/- for the season and thought "no way, that guy's the best"? Typically when a guy is too high or too low FOR THE MOMENT it's because he's trending up or down.

            Saras was always up on the +/- his first year, but that was due to his first month when it was way way up. So were his other stats though, so the +/- was legit to say "this dude is tearing it up". He was 50/40/90 shooting his first month.

            Then he started to suck. His total +/- stayed in the positive, a tribute to how much of an early impact he had. But his total past that first month was way in the red, indicating that the failure people were seeing was actually there.

            So the Saras nuts would say "he's got a good +/-", ignoring the giant -50 or whatever over the last month.

            BTW, Granger's +/- early in his career wasn't so hot and as we saw him improving so did his +/- relative to the rest of the team.

            Right now you see Troy and Ford way at the bottom and guys like Head and Watson looking pretty good, especially in the per minute rating. Does anyone really want to tell me that the +/- is wrong when nearly ever post-game thread tends to agree with it?

            Even DJones had a rough stretch after a good early start, and at times has had less focused defense as things have gone south.


            • #36
              Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

              Originally posted by WetBob View Post
              Murphy looks much better on paper than he does on the court. He gets his numbers, but opposing team bigs routinely have career nights against the Pacers. Murphy's defense is a primary reason.
              It's funny, but when we made the trade a Golden State fan came on here and said the same thing.
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              • #37
                Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                he's a fantasy stud.....


                • #38
                  Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                  Originally posted by BillS View Post
                  Like any other statistic, +/- is only useful IN CONTEXT.
                  There are positives and negatives about the +/- concept.


                  • #39
                    Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                    Originally posted by Hoop View Post

                    T. Ford -180
                    T. Murphy -227

                    And the numbers grow every game.
                    Yeah, but if a team is losing most of its games its only logical that those numbers are going to grow.
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                    • #40
                      Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                      Slow, No toughness, No athleticism...leading to very poor defense. As a result, players can go by, through and over him. I can't say that for any of our other bigs. He is so bad he hurts other player's defensive performances. It's exacerbated because our young C is slow too. He's basically the opposite of Dale Davis. Even undersized SF's can post the man up for an And-one.

                      On offense, I think he hurts our ball movement. But the worst part is, he has poor endurance in many games. Not all of them, but more than half. His shot comes up short too often in the 4th. I would love to see his shooting percentage later in the game. While he spreads the floor, he doesn't put pressure on their interior defenders. IMO, I think it would be harder to defend a team that has their PF shooting the midrange game like Antonio McDyess...but hey, I like to win. Also, quick guards are more capable of getting open looks...going around screens...when it's harder to score late in games. Murphy's offensive game is simply easier to shut down...and is one important reason why we had a number of 4th quarter collapses last year.

                      Thanks for the thread...
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                      • #41
                        Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                        Originally posted by Unclebuck View Post
                        Most of his three point shot attempts come off of delayed fastbreaks or high pick and rolls. You (not you specifically) can't have it bith ways, I heard for years that Foster boggs down the offense because he can't shoot so no one guards him, well Troy by any measure is a good shooter and he is guarded.
                        Yep, almost all of his 3's come from him trailing the "break" and popping from the top of the key. Seems to me that if we want Roy to be a low post scorer, having our 4 be a "stretch" guy should be a good thing.


                        • #42
                          Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                          It's simply because he doesn't produce at a rate equal to his salary. If he was a lower paid guy doing what he does, we'd be pretty tolerant of him. That said, it's not his fault he makes that much. He just signed the contract offered to him. Was he supposed to say 'Uh, no ......... I'm not worth that much - I'm slow and don't play any defense, better make it a lower number' ??

                          At 5, 6 or 7 a year, we're looking at him as a bargain. Blame the Warriors.


                          • #43
                            Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                            Thank you for posting this.

                            I would have to say and not because I'm a fan of his, he's been the star of this team since Danny has been out. He's been playing his tale off and he truly cares about the team and does his best to step up and help us win which hasn't happened, but he's a reliable star on this team and deserves a lot of credit for doing his best.

                            Oh yeah and he's been a decent defender, but it hasn't been enough for the team.


                            • #44
                              Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                              Originally posted by Sookie View Post
                              I don't think people have a problem with Murphy. I think People have a problem with the amount of time JOB plays him.

                              Murphy would be a good player off the bench somewhere.
                              in a nutshell, this would be my answer as well.

                              ideally, murphy should be a shooting specialist, essentially a bigger version of a guy like steve kerr. when he gets on a hot streak, murphy should be able to win some games with his shooting. the defensive rebounding is a bonus.

                              the problem is, the coach considers him the second or third best player on the team, and gives him a role and minutes to suit. this season, it's been pretty clear that murphy is overmatched on most nights.

                              the caveat is that murphy really might be the second or third best player on this talent depleted team. even so, i'd rather give the starter's role to a (currently) lesser player, but who's all-around game is a better fit to the starting lineup, i.e. hansbrough.

                              it also doesn't help that murph is the highest paid pacer for the next 2 seasons. it shouldn't matter on the court, but certainly it affects fans perceptions.


                              • #45
                                Re: Why all the negativity towards Murphy?

                                Originally posted by PacerDude View Post
                                There are positives and negatives about the +/- concept.
                                There is no way we can let you off the hook for that pun.