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    Default 3/20/2012 Game Thread #44: Pacers Vs. Clippers

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    Jared Wade: Pacers to Tweak Rotation to Make Room for Barbosa

    After the Pacers acquired Leandro Barbosa at the trade deadline, I was a
    little confused. With Darren Collison, Paul George, George Hill, AJ Price
    and, at times, Lance Stephenson all receiving minutes, where did Larry
    Bird expect Leandro to fit in.

    Well, now we know, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.

    Frank Vogel is changing the rotation. Leandro Barbosa is in as the backup shooting
    guard. George Hill is now the backup point guard. A.J. Price is the third point guard.
    Barbosa will make his Pacers debut against the Clippers tomorrow. "(Barbosa will
    play) anywhere between 15-20 minutes," Vogel said. "He picked up a lot of our
    basic offensive sets today pretty quickly. We’ll see how he’s going and we’ll adjust
    it when he’s out there."

    This certainly makes some sense.

    Barbosa has five times the resume of Price and Stephenson so he should
    naturally be ahead of them in the rotation. It does mean moving Hill to
    the point. He has always been touted as a combo guard who can play both
    spots. He filled in admirably for an injured Tony Parker at times in San
    Antonio and was so successful that their was a legitimate fan movement
    to trade away the more expensive, less-defensive-minded French starter
    and hand the team over to Hill. And these aren’t crazy Heat fans who just
    starting watching the NBA a year ago. No, these were Spurs fans who
    through the osmosis of watching Coach Popovich and Tim Duncan alone
    usually know what they’re talking about at least somewhat.

    Still, so far in Indiana, when Hill has been at his best, he has played the
    two almost exclusively. So it isn’t a question of whether he can handle
    shifting over to the point, but whether by doing so, he will lose a little bit
    of what has made him the team’s best player off the bench this season
    and the MVP of, by my memory, at least 5 of its wins.

    Then again, the team is reeling from two tough losses to the Knicks and,
    other than that two-game win streak last week, hasn’t had a ton of wins
    over good teams to get excited about. Perhaps this is the answer. There
    is no question that Barbosa can add some scoring punch to a second
    unit that badly needs it...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


    CLIPSNATION:
    The Big Picture:
    The Clippers open a difficult and crucial road back-to-back-to-back today
    in Indiana. Not to be overly dramatic, but three games in either direction
    in the standing is essentially the difference between third place and 8th
    place in the Western Conference right now -- so yeah, this is big. With
    the toughest team of the sequence sitting in the sandwich game, and the
    weakest team at the end, there could be some strategy to how best to
    approach those games. But regardless, one thing is clear -- the Clippers
    need to win in Indianapolis tonight. A win here sets up the trip to be from
    'good' to 'very good', while a loss might point to 'disaster'. The funny thing
    is, were this not the first game of a road B2B2B, we might be discussing
    how worn out the Clippers could be. It is, after all, their seventh game in
    ten days -- a pace unheard of in a normal NBA season. And while they
    have had a day since their last game, they also had to fly 2000 miles on
    that day. But relatively speaking, this is the Clippers rested game -- it
    starts getting nasty Wednesday and Thursday. The last time the Clippers
    played the Pacers, Blake Griffin scored a career high 47 in leading L.A. to
    a win. Griffin hasn't had a 35 point game this season -- he had 4 of them
    his rookie year. I wouldn't mind one of those right about now.

    The Antagonist:
    The Pacers, like the Clippers, started the season strong and have leveled
    off in the last month. There was a lot of hype around the Clippers, so it's
    hard to say that their strong start was completely unexpected, but Indiana
    (along with Philadelphia) was one of the real surprise teams of the early
    part of the season. But after going 16-6 to start the season, the Pacers
    are 9-12 since. The Pacers are among the new breed of deep and balanced
    NBA teams -- seven players average at least 9 points per game. The leading
    scorer is Danny Granger 17.6 per game, which is quite a bit less than he's
    been averaging the past several seasons. Granger appears to be something
    of a bellwether for the Pacers this season -- he scores almost 4 fewer points
    per game and shoots just 36% in their losses. The Pacers are solid, if
    unspectacular, at every position. Roy Hibbert made the All-Star team this
    season, David West and Granger are both former All-Stars, Paul George is a
    young, long, athletic two...CONTINUE READING CLIPSNATION
    This is the darkest timeline.

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    Default Re: 3/20/2012 Game Thread #44: Pacers Vs. Clippers

    Great, Dick Bavetta.

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    West guarding Blake? *shutters*

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    can't wait t see barbosa in action

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    West guarding Blake? *shutters*
    I'll take that over Posey guarding Blake like last year.
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    Default Re: 3/20/2012 Game Thread #44: Pacers Vs. Clippers

    I wanna see El Pacero vs. Clipper Darrell!

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    good to see barbosa.... especially making those 3s in warmups... also i can't believe there is only 23 games left!!

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    brooke's face is puffy as

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    brooke's face is puffy as
    when isn't it?

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    wow they call that?? WTF DICK!

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    Personal foul! Opponent stopped a Highlight dunk!!!
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    Default Re: 3/20/2012 Game Thread #44: Pacers Vs. Clippers

    here we go typical bs

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    I'll take that over Posey guarding Blake like last year.
    so your comparing a starter with a tenth man from last year? Why?

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    Good foul Danny these refs

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    place looks pretty packed

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    This lack of effort on the defensive rebounding end is really irritating me.
    Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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    This standing around watching the ball when they should be rebounding that we are seeing in the last few days is driving me crazy. We're lucky the Clippers couldn't convert the opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PacerPenguins View Post
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    place looks pretty packed
    They're here to see the Blake-Show .
    Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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    Weren't we supposed to be the team that killed on the boards? :|

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    WTF REFS!!

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    Lane violation against DC there? What the ****??? Refs already at work...

    edit: though I guess better get 1 pt than the put back and 2 pts.
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    Phantom fouls... at least we are getting the bad calls too.
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    LOL this is woeful reffing

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    Roy needs to wake up on those foul shots. jordan was punking him.

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