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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.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

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In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

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11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

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    Game Time Start: 8:30 PM EST
    Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
    Officials: T. Brothers, D. Bavetta, H. Workman

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, San Antonio Notes
    Television: FSIN / FSSW
    Radio: WFNI 1070 AM / WOAI 1200 AM, KCOR 1350 AM
    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

    Away: 1-1
    West: 1-0
    Home: 2-0
    East: 0-0
    Nov 07
    Nov 09
    Nov 10
    Nov 13


    Danny Granger - sore left knee (out indefinitely)
    George Hill - hip pointer (day-to-day)

    Oddly, none... yet...

    Small Market Mondays #1: D.J. Augustin's Revenge Game

    Come one, come all and welcome to Gothic Ginobili's first edition of Small Market
    Mondays! We know you must be sick of all the attention that small markets get from
    the lamestream media. That Ben Gordon trade saga seemed to last FOREVER, didn't
    it? But we know what side our bread is buttered on. At this point, we really don't
    have a choice -- we HAVE to jump on this bandwagon to get precious page views.

    To start this week's installment off, it's only right to begin with the biggest storyline
    of the week -- the DJ Augustin revenge game. Augustin famously did what many
    superstars of his caliber have been known to do and made the move from the record
    -breaking, title-holding Charlotte Bobcats to a smaller market in Indianapolis. When
    asked about if the Pacers thought the Bobcats were competition due to their record
    -breaking season last year, Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard had this to say: "Charlotte is
    defending nothing. That's in boxing, you give the belt back. They don't have this
    year's trophy."

    Meanwhile, Bobcats VP of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed what we all
    thought: Augustin understandably took less money in Indiana while giving up his
    starting role in Charlotte in order to play in a media market with 60,000 less people.
    As you must know by now due to the positively nauseating amount of coverage,
    Augustin went 1 for 7 from the field. In this writer's opinion, that underrates his game.
    It was absolutely one of the most efficient 1 for 7s this writer has ever seen. Every
    single one of his misses gave his teammates a great chance to hit the offensive glass
    as he intelligently took five threes knowing they'd result in long rebounds for his
    teammates. One would have to be delusional to think he was actually trying to make
    those shots and not displaying classic small market classiness by trying to make his

    Spurs vs. Pacers Give and Go Preview

    Apparently the Spurs have never started a season 4-0 in franchise history. Doesnít
    matter if it was Tim Duncan, David Robinson or George Gervin suiting up, itís never
    happened. Considering how successful this franchise has been for its entire history,
    this is baffling to me. Strange but true.

    San Antonio goes into Monday nightís game against the Indiana Pacers with as good
    a shot as theyíve ever had at going undefeated through its first four games. Everyone
    is healthy and theyíre at home with at least one day of rest. The Pacers, meanwhile,
    come in to the Alamo City missing arguably their top offensive player (Danny Granger).

    To preview the nightís action, Jared Wade of Pacers blog 8 Points, 9 Seconds and I
    chatted about all things Spurs-Pacers. Well, maybe not all things, but as many things
    as we could squeeze in.

    Andrew McNeill, 48 Minutes of Hell: Considering the Pacers were oh-so-close to
    taking down the Heat in last yearís playoffs, where are they at to start this season?

    Jared Wade, 8 Points, 9 Seconds: Their offseason consisted of retaining their key
    free agents (Roy Hibbert and George Hill) and retooling the bench. There was no
    reason to think it was a big upgrade, but with guys like Gerald Green and Ian
    Mahinmi, there is more potential upside. Still, I donít think many people would
    say they made any major improvements, so the consensus agrees that anything
    more than making it to the Eastern Conference Finals is probably a pipe dream
    ó especially if Danny Grangerís knee issue lingers all season.

    AM: Whatís the latest on Granger? Are things looking bleak?

    JW: As of now, we really donít know. The doctors are still looking at photos and
    checking out his sore left knee. He originally hurt it in the Miami series and
    aggravated it in the preseason. Iím far from a doctor so canít really offer any
    prognosis. But I can say this confidently: things look very bleak for Indianaís
    offense if Granger misses significant time. They barely edged Toronto in their
    opener (which took a Herculean effort from David West), lost to Charlotte while
    showing a complete inability to score, and needed two overtimes to beat the
    lowly Kings. Yeah, the offense without the captain has not run smoothly.

    AM: What about Paul George? I feel like all Iíve been hearing regarding the Pacers
    in the offseason and preseason is how good George will be. Is this just hype or is
    he going to be a legitimate star?

    JW: ďLegitimate starĒ may be a reach but he definitely could get there. Regardless,
    he already very solid on both ends of the court and has the potential to be one of the

    Mike Wells @MikeWellsNBA
    Jared Wade @8pts9secs
    Tim Donahue @TimDonahue8p9s
    Tom Lewis @indycornrows

    Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
    Andrew McNeill @drew_48MoH
    Aaron McGuire @docrostov
    Pounding the Rock @poundingtherock
    This is the darkest timeline.

  • #2
    Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

    That Gothic Ginobili article was amazing.
    Time for a new sig.


    • #3
      Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

      I LOVE Pop's in-game interviews. I look forward to Spurs national TV games for that reason alone.


      • #4
        Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

        I thought I was missing this one on the road in Houston, but it looks like they get FSSW here. Wooo!


        • #5
          Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

          Lance guarding Ginobili should be interesting.

          Looking for the first alley oop to Green tonight. It's past due.


          • #6
            Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

            Looks like Sam Young will get the start tonight.
            David Benner ‏@PacersDMB
            Sam Young will start for Pacers tonight. Gerald Green will come off the bench.


            • #7
              Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

              Man, I wish they'd give Lance a shot with the starting 5...


              • #8
                Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

                Looking forward to seeing the team for the first time tonight. No court side tickets this time, just watching in HD in my favorite comfy chair!


                • #9
                  Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

                  ^^ good on frank for finally seeing the light

                  Young is better with the starting unit than Green
                  Counting down the days untill DJ Augustin's contract expires.


                  • #10
                    Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

                    I think Young starting is the right way. The focus for the starters scoring should fall to Hibbs, West, PG and Hill. Young just needs to provide solid D.

                    Hopefully the bench will be stronger with Green on it now.

                    Let's minimize TOs, Box out and hit FTs.
                    First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.


                    • #11
                      Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

                      Me too rel. It'll be nice to finally see the bench play together, though.


                      • #12
                        Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

                        We gonna win the Spurs, and choke the world

                        Go Pacers

                        Paul George, we need your best offensive game tonight


                        • #13
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                          get your stuff sorted out FSN


                          • #14
                            Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

                            I hope these technical difficulties don't keep reoccuring throughout the game...
                            "We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.


                            • #15
                              Re: 11/5/2012 Game Thread #4: Pacers Vs. Spurs

                              Is it bizarre to anyone else that Green played by far his best 24 minutes of the season aaginst the Kings and then couldn't get on the floor and crunch time and gets hooked from the starting lineup in the next game?