HOW HARD COULD
Game Time Start: 8:00 PM EST
Where: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
Officials: K. Mauer, M. Kogut, M. Lindsay
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, New Orleans Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
22-12 (Away: 11-8) 9-27 (Home: 4-15)
Upcoming Games: Mar 05 Mar 06 Mar 10 MAR 11 Mar 13 at vs at at vs 8:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE COLLISON Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG KAMAN AYÓN AMINU BELINELLI JACK
Jeff Foster, sore lower back, day-to-day
Trevor Ariza, illness, questionable
Eric Gordon, knee contusion, out
Carl Landry, MCL sprain, questionable
Emeka Okafor, sore left knee, out
Jason Smith, concussion, questionable
Is it just me or does Chris Kaman's 'projected lineup'
picture look like a Civil War soldier whose letters
would be featured in a Ken Burns documentary?
"My Dearest Abigail Emaline, How good it would
do my rheumatism and gangrene to return to our
Semi-Relevant Trivia: Which Hornets coach has the highest
winning percentage in franchise history?
A. Allan Bristow
B. Dave Cowens
C. Dick Harter
D. Byron Scott
E. Paul Silas
Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: Tim Donahue: Schedule Maker's Gift
As I’ve noted in past By The Numbers posts, I pay a lot of attention to Strength of
Schedule. Mostly, I look at a little concoction of my own (or at least, I haven’t
been able to find anyone else using it) called SoSHR – a weighted SoS based on
home vs. road records.
For the Pacers, the schedule just isn’t all that tough this season, but that’s pretty
much true for everyone in the Eastern Conference. Based on current records, the
Indiana Pacers are projected to have the 4th easiest schedule this season. The only
teams with easier schedules? Eastern Conference rivals Atlanta, Philly, and Chicago.
In fact, the SoSHR is so skewed East vs. West that the Eastern Conference owns the
10 easiest schedules, while the Western Conference owns the 10 toughest.
Here’s an overall look at the Pacers’ slate:
The red line represents the YTD SoSHR. The black line shows a rolling 10-game
average, and the blue line coming in from the top shows the track of the Pacers’
The takeaway from the red and black lines is that the Pacers are past the toughest
part of the schedule, from a broad perspective, though there is one more challenge
coming up. When the Indy returns from the break, they will play the final games
of their easiest 10-game stretch of the season – hosting the Warriors on Tuesday,
then not playing again until Saturday in New Orleans. They’ve split the first
eight games, so the “easy 10″ didn’t help them a great deal.
Then, starting on Monday, March 5th, they play their toughest remaining 10-game
stretch of the season, with an overall SoSHR of .545. The ten games are spread
out over 18 days, but they include...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
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