The Rules of Pacers Digest

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Rule #1

Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

"People with intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"

"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

"I can't wait to hear something from PosterX when he/she sees that **insert a given incident or current event that will have probably upset or disappointed PosterX here**"

"He/she is just delusional"

"This thread is stupid / worthless / embarrassing"

"I'm going to take a moment to point and / laugh at PosterX / GroupOfPeopleY who thought / believed *insert though/belief here*"

"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

In general, if a comment goes from purely on topic to something 'ad hominem' (personal jabs, personal shots, attacks, flames, however you want to call it, towards a person, or a group of people, or a given city/state/country of people), those are most likely going to be found intolerable.

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.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

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.

If you see a problem that we haven't addressed, the best and most appropriate course for a forum member to take here is to look over to the left of the post in question. See underneath that poster's name, avatar, and other info, down where there's a little triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it? Click that. That allows you to report the post to the admins so we can definitely notice it and give it a look to see what we feel we should do about it. Beyond that, obviously it's human nature sometimes to want to speak up to the poster in question who has bothered you, but we would ask that you try to refrain from doing so because quite often what happens is two or more posters all start going back and forth about the original offending post, and suddenly the entire thread is off topic or otherwise derailed. So while the urge to police it yourself is understandable, it's best to just report it to us and let us handle it. Thank you!

All of the above is going to be subject to a case by case basis, but generally and broadly speaking, this should give everyone a pretty good idea of how things will typically / most often be handled.

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If the actions of an administrator inspire you to make a comment, criticism, or express a concern about it, there is a wrong place and a couple of right places to do so.

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If this is done the wrong way, those comments will be deleted, and if it's a repeating problem then it may also receive an infraction as well.

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Regarding infractions, currently they carry a value of one point each, and that point will expire in 31 days. If at any point a poster is carrying three points at the same time, that poster will be suspended until the oldest of the three points expires.

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what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

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  • what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

    Yes I know we have a great team record. Yes I am aware we are the best defensive basketball team in the history of the NBA. But we no longer have an excuse for the offensive inefficiencies and scoring droughts this team is incapable of avoiding.

    No longer is it an excuse that Coach Vogel has not implemented his offense. No longer is it an excuse that this team has a revolving door of player personnel. No longer is it an excuse that this team is young when two of our core players have multi all star appearances.

    Pacers can ill afford to go six minutes at a time without "buckets." Coach Vogel has to figure out how this team can score more consistently or it will cost us in the playoffs.

    We cannot rely on George Hill scoring 37, DWEST not missing a shot, and cool Rasual carrying our 2nd unit. Before anyone chirps about Bynum we cannot rely on him to even see the court or be apart of this team after March 1.

    These BS excuses about Paul George being tired is a cop out. He is playing as many minutes as most stars in the NBA and its not an excuse that he has to guard the other teams best player. I highly doubt you would hear Kobe say well I sucked on offense because I was focusing on D. BS. Sure a game here or game there Paul George is going to struggle but were going on about 10 games now in a row. The weariness of looking forward to the all star break is complete crap as well.

    We have 4 current all star level players in our starting lineup, we have 2 former all star level players and soon to be 3 in our second unit. Our Defense is so darn good it should be dictating our offensive domination as well and it has at times but no where near the consistent level we are going to need in order for this Franchise to hang a BANNER from the rafters of the Fieldhouse.

    George Hill has proven he is a capable scorer way before last nights offensive explosion. For the life of me I cannot figure out why he is not more consistent even if he is playing unselfishly. Right now I have no idea where Paul Georges shooting touch has gone to. And Roy Hibbert at times has simply become very hesitant to score in the post due to lack of balance and poor footwork on the block. The second unit is still a work in progress so I can live and let live with them until the playoffs roll around but our starting 5 has got to find a way to score the ball consistently.

    Lets not even take into account that this team despite the chemistry we have is still a turnover machine on the road and against elite competition. Listen, I get players are going to have off nights, PG, Luis, and even DWEST at times but we are simply too darn talented to have 6 minute scoring droughts every other road game or against elite competition.

    Whose to blame for the inconsistent lack of scoring production. Is it Coach Vogel or are the players simply not executing.

    Point blank, we are too darn talented with the first and second unit to be an average offensive team! Coach Vogel must find a way for our offense to score points in a more consistent manner or it may come back to bite us when it matters most.

    Anyone have a valid clue what the hell is wrong with our offense excluding the turnover issues.

  • #2
    Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

    If anything our defense has been the problem as of late


    • #3
      Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

      A team with multiple offensive initiators who are scorers are going to tend to freestyle more, make the opposing defense work less, and be more likely to make bad decisions.

      Also, it takes a huge amount of energy to play defense at the level the Pacers do. That leaves less energy to get lift on shots, slightly less crisp cuts and passes, and more likelihood of taking chances due to a little mental fatigue.

      Finally, when a team doesn't have a lot of willing passers, it becomes even easier to defend because dribbling the ball cannot possibly move the ball as quickly from one spot to another as proper passing amongst players who move with a purpose can.


      • #4
        Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

        I do not want to place the onus on Roy alone. However, for a team that prides itself in "smashmouth" basketball and an "inside out" offense Roy has yet to prove he can be a consistent option for this team on the block and it concerns me significantly.

        If Roy were getting double teamed I would have no gripe with it, but for the most part teams are not doubling to prevent Roy from scoring in the lane. Again, its not just Roy, but at this time I expect more of a low post presence from him and were not getting it.

        I hope after last night Hill realizes this team needs him to be more assertive offensively.


        • #5
          Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

          We are fine.


          • #6
            Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

            Well part of the issue is elementary basketball...too often we have 4 guys just standing in one spot waiting for the guy with the ball to do something.

            You don't have to know much about basketball to know that rarely works (Sometimes works with LBJ, but even then is a bad offensive system).

            The other is turnovers. Passing to guys who aren't looking, or trying to pass into or dribble through traffic.
            Stop quoting people I have on ignore!


            • #7
              Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

              This thread is long overdue.


              • #8
                Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                Originally posted by BenR1990 View Post
                We are fine.
                Ranked 20th in the league in overall offense behind juggernauts like the LA Lakers (w/out Kobe), Wizards, and Pelicans. If below average is considered "fine" then we got nothing to be concerned about.



                • #9
                  Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                  yeah cause 113 points is a real issue
                  Smothered Chicken!


                  • #10
                    Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                    Originally posted by PacersPride View Post
                    Ranked 20th in the league in overall offense behind juggernauts like the LA Lakers (w/out Kobe), Wizards, and Pelicans. If below average is considered "fine" then we got nothing to be concerned about.

                    We play a slower style of basketball, especially when it comes to running our offense. We don't jack up shots early in the shot clock, don't really run a lot of fast break, and primarily play a half-court offense. Sure, we could be like the Lakers, Pelicans, and Wizards and put up some really cool numbers on offense, but our defensive production would suffer drastically. Those teams put up numbers on offense because they have little to no defense. Outscoring (or outchucking) their opponent is their only chance to win games.


                    • #11
                      Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                      Lack of a pick and roll game is a problem IMO. Roy's almost useless in this action, and West's more of a pop guy. I hate to say it, but I believe if we had a Gortat or even R. Lopez out there our offense would be much better.
                      Last edited by CJ Jones; 02-08-2014, 09:05 PM.


                      • #12
                        Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                        You ask a question, and in the process say you "don't want to hear" all of the answers. PG plays defense harder than Kobe. PG plays a ton of minutes. We scored a season high last night and beat the leagues best offense. Every team goes through offensive droughts. It's the nature of basketball. And the thing is you CAN count on GHill to score, or West, even Rasual Butler. That's why we win so many games. It's never going to be one guy every night carrying the load. Our offense isn't "prolific" because there are almost no teams in the history of the NBA that are the best defense AND offense in the league.

                        We have the best record in the league and people are still complaining about it.


                        • #13
                          Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                          I imagine if we add a scorer off the bench and maybe get Lowry at point guard, that would change. Also Lance and PG are still young. In 3 years they might be averaging 20+ PPG. Lance certainly has the capability. He needs to work this Summer with multiple shooting coaches. So he can knock down that jumper and 3 with ease.


                          • #14
                            Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                            Originally posted by BenR1990 View Post
                            We play a slower style of basketball, especially when it comes to running our offense. We don't jack up shots early in the shot clock, don't really run a lot of fast break, and primarily play a half-court offense. Sure, we could be like the Lakers, Pelicans, and Wizards and put up some really cool numbers on offense, but our defensive production would suffer drastically. Those teams put up numbers on offense because they have little to no defense. Outscoring (or outchucking) their opponent is their only chance to win games.
                            So in essence our defense is only considered elite due to the fact we play at a snails pace offensively and distort/skew the numbers? I see your point and it is valid. As a team we are 26th in the league in FG attempts.

                            Which could be due to the fact we make other teams work harder for shots as well which in turn slows our offense down. Interesting per the stats above, OKC averages only one more shot per game than us (ranked 19th) and scores approximately 7 more pts a game. This is a team without Westbrook which skews things because they have had to slow tempo with him out.

                            My point regarding the Lakers was talent wise they have been without Nash, Kobe, and Pau has missed time.. given they are a fast break team but no where near the talent we have, same holds true for bottom feeders like Pelicans and Wizards.

                            Spurs play half court as well and are ranked in the top 10. One could assume since we play in the weak Eastern Conference our offense would be a little higher than 20th overall.


                            • #15
                              Re: what the BLEEP is wrong with our OFFENSE?!?

                              We currently have one the best (if not the best) basketball teams in the
                              world, are at the top of the NBA standings, and are widely recognised as
                              being a top contender for the NBA championship and you're going to sit
                              there and ***** about it?