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    THROWDOWN
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    Game Time Start: 7:30 PM ET
    Where: Palace Of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
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    East: 31-7
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HIBBERT
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    DRUMMOND
    MONROE
    SMITH
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    PACERS
    Ian Mahinmi - bruised ribs (available)

    PISTONS
    Chauncey Billups - left knee surgery (out)
    Josh Harrellson - knee (out)
    Peyton Siva - sprained left ankle (day-to-day)


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    The Detroit Pistons already fired Maurice Cheeks, who was
    granted 60 entire games before getting the axe. This was
    not, however, the shortest amount of time a first-year
    coach was allowed before being let go. Which organization
    pulled the plug faster?

    A. Knicks
    B. Lakers
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    Steve McPherson: Why We Watch - Paul George, With Ease

    Basketball just looks easier for Paul George than it does for other people.
    That hasn't stopped him from working hard at it.


    Paul George might be doomed. At 23 years of age, he is two years younger than Kevin
    Durant, who appears to be not so much entering his prime as rending it limb from limb
    and bolting it down in great bloody hunks. He is six years younger than LeBron James,
    whose version of coasting makes most other players’ best seasons look like standing
    still. He cannot help this. Of things we don’t get to pick, when we’re born is high up on
    the list.

    Not only do those peers play the same position as George, and not only does their
    existential battle of King of the Hill in the NBA cast a shadow backwards, but there are
    others casting shadows forwards as well. Anthony Davis is three years younger than
    George and gives every indication that he could become an unfathomable and
    unsolvable mixture of length, agility and shooting coupled with terrifying defensive
    acumen, a kind of Kevin Garnett 2.0. And there is, of course, the supposedly/
    legendarily precocious draft class of 2014 to contend with. George is making moves,
    but the game is not standing still.

    And there is also the fact that George doesn’t really have a signature, or at least didn’t
    until this season. LeBron’s early chapters revolved around the combination of his court
    vision and preternatural physical gifts. Michael Jordan’s legend had its seed in his
    dunking; Vince Carter’s career grew from much the same place. But until George’s
    mind-numbingly stupendous 360-degree windmill against the Clippers this season, the
    hyper-athletic 6’9” super-wing’s greatest dunk was one no one could see. That is, in
    its way, a very Paul George thing, which either is or is not the problem, here.

    ***

    George is an excellent dunker, but his dunks don’t have the barbaric fury of Blake
    Griffin’s. He’s become a solid shooting threat, but he’s not the long distance TNT that
    Steph Curry is. His early reputation was founded in his defense, but the reservoir of
    his potential (and our at best still-blinkered understanding of defense) means that he’s
    since been overshadowed by perimeter defenders like Andre Iguodala. But George
    keeps getting better, keeps growing in multiple directions. There is no one thing that
    he is.

    No matter that they might earn it, players like James or like Jordan are not the guys
    who win the Most Improved Player Award, but that’s George’s biggest piece of
    hardware right now. Look down past winners and you see a murderer’s row of
    surprises and late bloomers—Boris Diaw, Ryan Anderson, Aaron Brooks, Hedo
    Turkoglu—peppered with a few legitimate, later-blooming stars: Tracy McGrady, for
    one, and Kevin Love for another.

    But a year after winning Most Improved Player, George could—improbably but quite
    legitimately—be considered in the running for a second Most Improved Player award.
    At this early stage in his career, perhaps that’s the thing that defines him, that makes
    him so compelling to follow: the simple, impossible act of getting better, and how
    thoroughly in-progress he is.

    After an Indiana loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road, I asked George how
    he worked to improve his handle in the offseason, and whether it was more mental or
    mechanical. “For me it was mechanical,” he said. “Just learning how to stay low.
    Staying low really improved my ballhandling, because I was able to bring stutter
    moves, didn’t allow defenders to get under me. That was the next level for me.”

    That sense of leveling up...CONTINUE READING AT THE CLASSICAL


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    Not feeling great about the second game of a back-to-back like always. Bynum needs to give us some good minutes tonight.

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    Listen, the Pistons need to have their pick fall in the top 8 in order to keep it. Cleveland upset Golden State last night, and the Knicks are up big now against Milwaukee.

    So the Pacers BETTER FCUKING WIN tonight!!!
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    Evan Turner will be the back-up PG
    Paul George for 3!

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    And if the NBA wants to help eliminate tanking, they need to prohibit protections like the Pistons have on their pick this season. NBA teams should not be allowed to protect their picks 4th through 13th. That's when the most egregious type of tanking happens.
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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    The Pistons have a front line of Drummond, Monroe and Smith with Jennings (a wildcard) in their backcourt. The Pacers are not playing well. These two things scare me tanking aside.

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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    I know we've lost to them, but I'm not too worried.

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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    I hope to see Hibbert and Bynum banging against Drummond and Monroe. A war in the paint.
    LeWade are going down.

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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    If Turner plays the point, does Solo get on the court?
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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    Looking forward to seeing Bynum faced up against some solid bigs. Should be a good measuring stick.

    More than anything though, I just want us to keep on winning.

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    If Turner plays the point, does Solo get on the court?
    nah, probably Butler.

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    Will be interesting to see if Bynum will have a big impact like he did against Boston. If Bynum can be productive like he was against Boston then people should be scared to play us

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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    They have one of the best front courts in the league (on paper) - Smith, Monroe, Drummond
    "So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.



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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    The pistons will shoot their way out of this game unless Hibbert can't keep Drummond off the offensive glass.

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    Will be interesting to see if Bynum will have a big impact like he did against Boston. If Bynum can be productive like he was against Boston then people should be scared to play us
    we shouldn't be expecting 8 pts 10 rebs on 75% shooting every night though
    Paul George for 3!

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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    Bynum wasn't terribly comfortable with drummond last time we saw him. 0/11 in 22 minutes.

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    we shouldn't be expecting 8 pts 10 rebs on 75% shooting every night though
    too late, already do.

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    Hopefully Bynum doesn't go into the stands after a drunken fool throws a beer on him when he is laying in the scorers table haha


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    Hopefully Bynum doesn't go into the stands after a drunken fool throws a beer on him when he is laying in the scorers table haha


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    Nice move PG


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    Another ****ing lane violation?


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    Very little rest for the starters last night. Let's hope we can use the bench a little more tonight.

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    We get great looks when we play inside out. Please keep this up the rest of the game.

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    It would be so frustrating to be a Piston's fan right now.
    "We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.

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    Default Re: 3/15/2014 Game Thread #66: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    Roy and Drummond going at it, even seeing who can fall down the best.

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