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5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

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    DESTROY THE DISNEYS!
    Not a Redickulous Thought...


    -VS-



    Game Time Start: 7:30 PM EST
    Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    Officials: D. Crawford, B. Adams, B. Spooner, M. Lindsay

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Orlando Notes
    Television: NBATV, FSI
    Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
    NBA Feeds:

    REMINDER: Per PD policy, please do not share a link to, describe how to search for, request a link to, or request a PM about streaming video of a NBA game that is not coming directly through the NBA. Not even in a "wink-wink, nudge-nudge, know-what-I-mean" round-about sort of way. Thank you


    1
    43-25
    Away: 19-14
    1
    38-30
    Home: 21-12
    May 5
    May 8
    May 11
    May 13
    at
    vs
    NBATV
    at
    vs
    2:00 pm
    7:30 pm
    If Necessary
    If Necessary

    C
    PF
    SF
    SG
    PG
    HIBBERT
    WEST
    GRANGER
    GEORGE
    HILL
    C
    PF
    SF
    SG
    PG
    DAVIS
    ANDERSON
    TURKOGLU
    RICHARDSON
    NELSON

    Pacers
    Leandro Barbosa, sprained ankle, probable
    Darren Collison, sore groin, probable

    Magic
    Glen Davis, sprained ankle, probable
    Dwight Howard, herniated disc, out

    Jared Wade: Countermoves, Chin Checks and the Lessons of Chessboxing

    The onslaught reached force in the third quarter, when — for the first time — this series
    felt like the mismatch that most experts had predicted. The Pacers did jump out on the
    Magic early as well in game two last night, busing out the gates to quickly build a 20-10
    lead, but like in Game One, that early scoring flurry was soon erased, and Indiana once
    again looked like a team that was going to allow Orlando to dictate the tempo.

    Way more troubling than that initial recovery, however, was the fact that their opponent,
    led by the vertically challenged Glen Davis, was punishing the Pacers front court. It
    became Big Baby’s game; Indiana was just along for the ride.

    In the NBA, much is made about energy levels, aggressiveness and imposing physicality.
    Sometimes this is just cliched rubbish spun by hack writers who spent more of the game
    feverishly writing a post-game report pre-buzzer than truly paying attention. After all, it
    is really easy to just throw out overarching generalities (“TMac was never great; he
    couldn’t make it to the second round”) and be accurate without being correct.

    But in this case, it’s the only way to explain what actually happened. The Magic, in the
    second quarter, wanted it more.

    After falling down early, the Magic simply decided to be tougher than the Pacers. It led
    to them being able to do whatever they wanted. Jameer Nelson dribbled around freely,
    Davis was the largest presence on the court. Even NBA nobodies Chris Duhon and Earl
    Clark were making Indiana’s look like the ones who are fringe pros at best. And it
    wasn’t even so much that Orlando was running any great sets or converting buckets
    at an impressive rate. But they were able to get enough second-chance points to
    supersede the fact that the offensive execution was subpar. It was clear why: the
    Pacers were intimidated and became indecisive, passive and reactionary. Every Pacer
    fan watching must have been thinking the same thing: “Indiana isn’t making the
    second round.” It was that one-sided from an aggression standpoint.

    Then a funny thing happened...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s



    Orlando searching for answers on offense

    By now you’ve heard. The third quarter of last night’s game between the Pacers and
    Magic seems to have been the series turning point for Indiana. Down a bucket at the
    half, the Pacers came out in the third and cold-cocked the Magic to the tune of a 30-13
    quarter that provided the final margin of victory.

    The question going forward is exactly what to make of that run. Was it an outlier or a
    harbinger? Was it a case of regression - the Pacers just starting to perform how we
    figured they always would - or was it a case of the Pacers playing exceptionally?

    To my eye, there were four reasons the Pacers came alive in the third: 1.) they
    mauled the Magic on the glass, 2.) they converted at the line, 3.) they snuffed out
    most of Orlando’s initial actions on pick-and-rolls, and 4.) George Hill began once
    more to resemble a professional basketball player. Of these, we’ll ignore Hill’s
    resurfacing, for the simple reason that I have no idea whether he will again net 16
    points on 8 shots, as he had at the end of last night’s third quarter.

    I’ll focus first on the fouls and the rebounding, because they’re really two sides of
    the same coin. I hate to point this out, but the Pacers only shot 28 free throws last
    night, which is a totally reasonable figure for a team playing with the sort of
    interior advantage the Pacers have. Even though, at times, during the third quarter
    it seemed there was a whistle on every play, the Magic really can’t argue with a
    28-19 free throw disparity in favor of Indiana given the stylistic and personnel
    differences. The rebounding? Stay with me, because this is where things get grim.

    Look, the Pacers are going to outrebound the Magic. Even in Game 1, Indiana was
    +5 on the boards. The Pacers are a strong rebounding outfit no matter how you
    slice it — a top-five team in raw per-game rebounding and in offensive rebound
    percentage. However, they simply bludgeoned Orlando on the offensive glass last
    night, corralling 37.5 percent of their own misses. While this seems like a shocking
    figure, nearly 8 percentage points above Indiana’s season average, when you
    consider the fact that Indiana’s offensive rebound percentage in the Magic’s Game
    1 win was 30.6 percent, it’s hard to come to the conclusion the Magic will remedy
    this situation...CONTINUE READING AT MAGIC BASKETBALL

    Pacers
    Mike Wells @MikeWellsNBA
    Jared Wade @8pts9secs
    Tim Donahue @TimDonahue8p9s
    Tom Lewis @indycornrows
    Ian Levy @HickoryHigh
    Magic
    Orlando Sentinel @joshuabrobbins
    Magic Basketball @erivera7
    Orlando Pinstripe Post @BQRMagic

    Last edited by avoidingtheclowns; 05-02-2012, 07:45 PM.
    This is the darkest timeline.

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    Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

    Play with the same focus and intensity that we showed in Game 2's 3rd quarter and the rest will take care of itself.

    Personally though the biggest boon will be Frank never going to the platoon substitutions in the first place, our starters always jump out to an early lead, and we switch out 3 or 4 guys at once and kill all of our momentum. Perhaps this time around we can dominate from start to finish with a substitution pattern that allows us to maintain momentum better.

    Or Danny Granger could play remotely close to the level he played Post ASB and nothing else will likely matter for the purposes of winning this series. In alot of ways the captain is the Belleweather, we look like an elite team when he scores the ball efficiently and at a high rate.
    Goodbye Captain, My Captain. I wish you had the chance to sink or swim with your ship on its quest for the "ship".

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    • #3
      Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

      Hey, is this game on FSI? On my Xfinity listings it has the Cubs game........

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      • #4
        Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

        Originally posted by Hibbert View Post
        Hey, is this game on FSI? On my Xfinity listings it has the Cubs game........
        Shows pacers game for me... Brighthouse.


        @Coupe460

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        • #5
          Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

          Duhon dancing...



          please destroy this team

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          • #6
            Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

            I really hope that Vogel at least dresses Fesenko. I would at least like to know that the option is there to go to him if we start getting pushed around the paint.
            Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

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            • #7
              Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

              Put the hammer down!

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              • #8
                Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                Originally posted by Coupe View Post
                Shows pacers game for me... Brighthouse.
                Yeah, Comcast sucks they are showing the Cubs game.

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                • #9
                  Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                  I think this game decides how this is gonna go for the rest of the series. Who ever wins tonight the other team has a crazy amount of pressure them to win game 4.

                  All of the must-win game talk in January and Feb doesn't seem to make much sense now.

                  The Pacers really have to hit 3s at a good clip at some point, it's be nice if it was tonight.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                    A win here is huge. Puts us in a great position to take the series.

                    I'm expecting Orlando to come out hot. Need to weather the storm and be poised for our trademark 3rd quarter run.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                      We've got this.
                      "I have never taken the high road, but I tell other people to ’cause then there’s more room for me on the low road."

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                      • #12
                        Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                        Why does the thanks stat show up below our names? Not sure I like that. It's whatevs though.

                        Go Pacers!
                        "I have never taken the high road, but I tell other people to ’cause then there’s more room for me on the low road."

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                          Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                          Originally posted by CableKC View Post
                          I really hope that Vogel at least dresses Fesenko. I would at least like to know that the option is there to go to him if we start getting pushed around the paint.
                          Yes. Oh please, this.

                          I think that Frank has realized the problems in our second unit. Bad shooting will fix itself but our back up bigs will not suddenly get taller and longer than Clark. At least, dress Fesenko and consider him as an option.

                          That said, just pound it inside and let's hope that we're able to pull this off.

                          I don't think that I'll post as many emotes in this thread as for some reason the new software does not react when I'm trying to put emotes in my posts and frankly I don't want to write e all night long just so it shows it (since I cannot click on it).

                          But that's irrelevant. Take the W and I'll be happy.

                          Leggooooooooooooo!!!
                          Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
                          Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.

                          Panopticon

                          Originally posted by IrishPacer
                          Empty vessels make the most noise.

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                          • #14
                            Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                            LMAO! this was just posted by the Pacers on twitter
                            The Pacers training staff is taking injury prevention to a whole new level


                            @Coupe460

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                            • #15
                              Re: 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

                              Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
                              Yes. Oh please, this.

                              I think that Frank has realized the problems in our second unit. Bad shooting will fix itself but our back up bigs will not suddenly get taller and longer than Clark. At least, dress Fesenko and consider him as an option.

                              That said, just pound it inside and let's hope that we're able to pull this off.

                              I don't think that I'll post as many emotes in this thread as for some reason the new software does not react when I'm trying to put emotes in my posts and frankly I don't want to write e all night long just so it shows it (since I cannot click on it).

                              But that's irrelevant. Take the W and I'll be happy.

                              Leggooooooooooooo!!!
                              If Hansbrough or Amundson isn't doing the job inside the paint....then at least put in Pendegraph to see if it makes any difference. We have a big frontcourt and don't understand why we don't use some of it.
                              Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

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