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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.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

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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.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

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Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

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  • #61
    Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

    Originally posted by Eleazar View Post
    We haven't exactly played the toughest schedule either. Neither the Nets or Bulls are playing up to their potential in any way, and the rest of the teams are low seed playoff teams at best.
    Funny thing about that - if we're one of the top 4 seeds in the league, then every team but 3 will be "lower competition". Especially early in the season, when some of the reason they are losing is because the Pacers beat them.

    If we'd started by playing the teams that started out hot and gotten beat, would we have the excuse that those were the hot teams at the time? No, we'd be getting raked over the coals for not being as good as anyone thought. It's like winning is luck of the draw, losing is because you suck.

    Who had 9 games in the "but the schedule is easy" pool?
    BillS

    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...

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    • #62
      Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

      Originally posted by ECKrueger View Post
      Awesome


      When he turned his back after that shot I said "Paul Motherf***king George"

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      • #63
        Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

        Originally posted by ECKrueger View Post
        Awesome


        That is pretty epic considering where he was offensively two years ago.

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        • #64
          Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

          Originally posted by BlueNGold View Post

          Wonder what JOb is thinking about now.

          WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Is he even in the NBA this year? Not that I give a ****.

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          • #65
            Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

            Besides Mayo, Milwaukee doesn't really have much talent, but I felt the Pacers played well. Roy was huge, and Paul's midrange game this season has been spectacular. Lance was impressive as usual around the rim.

            I was a little disappointed with the crowd attendance though. You've got an 8-0 team playing on a Friday night, and I realize it's the Bucks...but comon. It wasn't a Tuesday.

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            • #66
              Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

              16,000 people to see the Pacer destroy a crappy Bucks team in an 18,000 seat facility is more than acceptable IMO.
              "Nobody wants to play against Tyler Hansbrough NO BODY!" ~ Frank Vogel

              "And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen. "

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              • #67
                Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                Guys, you seriously need to read the Bucks Game Thread in RealGM. I almost died. It's effin' hilarious
                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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                • #68
                  Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                  I always like reading articles from the other city

                  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks...232159181.html

                  Pacers 104, Bucks 77
                  Bucks can't keep pace with undefeated Pacers' Hibbert, George

                  Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks...#ixzz2kpJXwdKv
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                  Indianapolis — Miroslav Raduljica is a big guy, listed in the Milwaukee Bucks media guide at 7-foot-1 and 280 pounds.

                  But Raduljica was pushed around and outmaneuvered by 7-2 Indiana center Roy Hibbert on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

                  Hibbert proved unstoppable as the Indiana Pacers cruised to a 104-77 victory, improving to 9-0 and remaining the only unbeaten team in the National Basketball Association. The Pacers center just missed a triple-double with season highs of 24 points and eight blocks to go along with 10 rebounds.

                  "This is maybe the strongest guy I've ever played, the biggest and longest," said Raduljica, the 25-year-old rookie from Serbia. "This guy is really long.

                  "I did my best to ride him off and box out. He's really tough. I've never played against guys like this."

                  Bucks coach Larry Drew threw several defenders at Hibbert, including veteran Zaza Pachulia, Ekpe Udoh and Raduljica.

                  "We threw what we had at him, but it didn't seem to affect him at all," Drew said. "You try to take something away and you give something else up.

                  "That team is playing really well right now. They're getting it from their starters and they're getting it from their bench guys."

                  Udoh was in foul trouble from the start and was limited to 15 minutes in a starting role.

                  "With Ekpe in foul trouble and really having to keep an eye on Zaza's minutes, you've got to throw the next big body on Hibbert," Drew said. "And it happened to be Miroslav."

                  Raduljica played 18 minutes and had four points, six rebounds, two blocks and three fouls.

                  "I'm collecting experience," Raduljica said. "This is my first year. I'm listening to Zaza, listening to other guys. I'm doing my best when I get a chance."

                  When the Bucks made a 9-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter to trim a 15-point deficit to six, the Pacers answered immediately behind Paul George.

                  Indiana stretched its lead to 75-61 entering the final quarter as George hit 5 of 7 shots and scored 10 of his 22 points in the period.

                  "He's an all-star," Drew said. "He has the ability to take that team on his back. When we closed within six, he seemed to take it upon himself to get that team going."
                  O.J. Mayo led the Bucks (2-6) with 20 points but they lost their fourth straight game. Khris Middleton and Gary Neal each had 11 points.

                  Pachulia was just 2 for 14 from the field but had a game-high 11 rebounds.

                  "I know Pachulia has given me problems in the past in Atlanta," Hibbert said of the former Hawks player. "I just took it upon myself as a mental challenge to overcome that and give it my all."
                  George said the Pacers have a winning formula.

                  "This is the same story every night," he said. "We come out and play hard. We make them shoot jump shots, and our big front line comes away with the boards. We know we can hold our own with any team with our defense."
                  The Bucks had 10 available players, although they were missing Larry Sanders, Caron Butler, Brandon Knight and Ersan Ilyasova, all out with injuries.

                  But point guard Luke Ridnour returned for his first game this season after being sidelined with a herniated disc in his back. Ridnour played 21 minutes and had four points and one assist.
                  "For not practicing and whatever, the first time going live in over two weeks, I'll take it," Ridnour said. "I'm obviously not where I want to be yet.

                  "It's good to get out there and feel OK."

                  The Pacers will head to Chicago to face the Bulls on Saturday night. Indiana's nine consecutive victories are the most it has recorded as an NBA franchise, although the Pacers won 11 in a row as an ABA team in 1972-'73.
                  The last team to start a season with nine straight victories was Dallas during the 2002-'03 season when the Mavericks opened with a 14-0 record.

                  "Hibbert is a load down there, the way he is playing," Ridnour said. "And they're undefeated so there's a reason why.

                  "Their team is good. They have a chance to win it (an NBA title). They're built for it."

                  The Bucks concluded a three-game road trip and headed home to play their fourth game in five nights as they meet the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.


                  Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks...#ixzz2kpJg72B9
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                  • #69
                    Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                    Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
                    Guys, you seriously need to read the Bucks Game Thread in RealGM. I almost died. It's effin' hilarious
                    Wow, this is pure gold.
                    https://www.twitch.tv/xxSnEaKyPxx
                    https://www.youtube.com/xxSnEaKyPxx

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                    • #70
                      Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                      Originally posted by Dr. Awesome View Post
                      Wow, this is pure gold.
                      Link please?

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                      • #71
                        Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                        Sounds like PD 5 years ago.

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                        • #72
                          Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                          Originally posted by BillS View Post
                          Who had 9 games in the "but the schedule is easy" pool?
                          If I remember correctly, we all thought the beginning of the season had a pretty difficult schedule. Games against 2 of the projected top-4 teams in the East, 4 games in 5 nights, plenty of road work. I'm not buying the "strength of schedule" argument.
                          This space for rent.

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                          • #73
                            Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                            Originally posted by TMJ31 View Post
                            Link please?
                            I'm not sure if I am suppose to post a link to RealGM here or not, but its just the RealGM forums under the Bucks board.

                            It is like reading a Bill Simmons article. All their players seem to be giving military ranks on who is the leader of driving the tank hahaha. They give out deflated balls to the worst player on their team each game. Its hilarious.
                            https://www.twitch.tv/xxSnEaKyPxx
                            https://www.youtube.com/xxSnEaKyPxx

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                            • #74
                              Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                              Originally posted by Anthem View Post
                              If I remember correctly, we all thought the beginning of the season had a pretty difficult schedule. Games against 2 of the projected top-4 teams in the East, 4 games in 5 nights, plenty of road work. I'm not buying the "strength of schedule" argument.
                              That's because you're a homer. Outside of the Orlando game, every team we've played has had a worse record than us. How do you explain that? Hint: You Can't! None of the teams on our entire 2013 schedule have even clinched a playoff spot yet. I can't imagine an easier set-up.

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                              • #75
                                Re: Pacers/Bucks Postgame Thread 11/15/13

                                Originally posted by Anthem View Post
                                If I remember correctly, we all thought the beginning of the season had a pretty difficult schedule. Games against 2 of the projected top-4 teams in the East, 4 games in 5 nights, plenty of road work. I'm not buying the "strength of schedule" argument.
                                I'm buying it somewhat. Six home games versus three road games. Only team in the NBA with only 1 game against a team .500 or above (even taking out the Pacers games only takes two other teams to .500). IIRC, the computer ratings all have the Pacers schedule as the easiest in the NBA so far, and for some of them it's not even close.

                                Where I disagree somewhat is that people tend to just look at the teams and not things like the 5 in 7 nights which has made the Pacers schedule harder. Also, there are teams who have struggled so far who the Pacers have played who will have a great record by the end of the season. And obviously the biggest caveat-there isn't any evidence to show that a better schedule so far=more losses. A greater chance for some, but the Pacers have done all they can do with their current schedule by steamrolling their opponents and already having 5 double digit wins.

                                The West is already 24-16 so far this year against the East, so I would expect the Pacers schedule to end up as one of the 5 easiest once again. It gets tougher (especially that early December stretch) but it's not like this team is going to hit the gauntlet for a long stretch at some point either.

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