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    Default 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

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    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
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    Season Records: (W-L)
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    C
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    SERAPHIN
    SINGLETON
    CRAWFORD
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    Pacers
    Kyrylo Fesenko, getting into wacky hijinks in Point Place, WI, out
    Tyler Hansbrough, hammered by Dunleavy's soft Irish skin, probable

    Wizards
    Andray Blatche, voted off the island, out
    Trevor Booker, knee tendonitis, questionable
    Rashard Lewis, gettin' too old for this ****, out
    Nene, back spasms, questionable



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    Jared Wade: Pacers Need to Figure Out Their Identity

    Last Thursday in Washington, the Pacers came out with no energy and
    were down 20 by halftime to the 11-win Wizards. Indiana managed
    just 31 points in the opening two quarters. This, especially juxtaposed
    with the Wizards 34-point first quarter, looked like the classic case of
    a more talented team that thought they could just show up and win.
    Somewhat ironically, they did, coming back in thrilling fashion to pull
    off a victory in the final minute.

    Some Pacer fans’ fears may have been confirmed the next night,
    however, as the team went out and surrendered 113 points to the
    then-sub.-500 Phoenix Suns during an up-tempo loss in Indianapolis.
    Combined, that back-to-back series wasn’t exactly the finest two days
    of the year for this franchise.

    No matter. All was again right soon enough in Pacer Nation, as the
    blue and gold beat the mighty Miami Heat by 15 a few days later. It
    was easily their best win since they beat the NBA champion Mavericks
    in Dallas in early February. Time to start saving up for those second-
    round playoff tickets, right?

    Of course, these are the 2011-12 Pacers so no good times can last
    forever. In this case, they didn’t even last 48 hours.

    Tonight, the Pacers turned a should-be, mundane victory over the Nets
    into a 16-point blowout loss. For New Jersey, it was their largest win
    of the year. For the Pacers, according to their most-experienced player,
    it was quite possibly their lowest moment of the season.

    If Pacers fans are confused, they’re not alone. David West was
    genuinely flummoxed after the game, literally shaking his head in
    disgust while staring at a post-game stat sheet that he apparently kept
    thinking might change. “This is a rough loss for us,” said West. “I don’t
    know if we’ve had a worse loss for the year...There’s just no excuse for
    us to come out and play the way we played.”

    He struggled to come up with words to describe his frustration,
    something that was as visible in the locker room after the game as it
    was on the court when he was whistled for a foul after needlessly
    pushing Kris Humphries in the back under the hoop after the Nets made
    — yet another — easy basket in the fourth quarter. “This is a hard one
    to explain,” said West. “We just didn’t play well enough. We had an
    opportunity to put some [wins] together here. We’ve got back-to-backs
    for the next two weeks...so we just can’t come out and play like this
    against a team like the Nets. We’re the ones fighting for the playoffs,
    and we’ve got something to play for. That’s just embarrassing.”

    The team’s coach didn’t try to sugar-coat the effort issues either. ”I
    think every team in the NBA has nights where the energy isn’t there
    — and that was certainly the case tonight,” said Pacers Coach Frank
    Vogel. “Am I concerned? Yeah...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


    Grantland:
    Jonathan Abrams: What happens when you get traded?

    Last Friday night, Leandro Barbosa and Nene met up in a place neither could
    have envisioned a few weeks ago. The duo from Brazil had both been traded
    and were suiting up for one of their first games with their new teams. The
    jerseys were still a little awkward. Nene was in the red, white, and blue of
    the Wizards and Barbosa dressed in the navy and gold of the Indiana Pacers.

    They found familiarity in one another that night, but little else. Before the
    game, Nene, used to entering the Verizon Center as a visitor, made a wrong
    turn in the passageways of the arena. The Wizards acquired him as a long-
    term solution to steady the frontcourt when JaVale McGee's potential finally
    ground itself out into aggravation. It must be strange for Nene — just 100
    days ago, he entered free agency as the top center in the market and in
    firm position to decide his own future. He spurned offers from New Jersey,
    Indiana, and Houston to stay in Denver, signing a five-year contract for $67
    million. Nene had planted roots in Colorado — it is the place he matured as
    a player, the place where he learned English, the place where doctors
    treated him as he battled testicular cancer, the home state of his wife,
    Lauren.

    "A lot of things in your life, you make plans and the plans don't go the way
    you want them to go," Nene observed. "This is the hard part."

    Traded players still continue to collect their exorbitant salaries, but that
    doesn't change the fact that their lives are uprooted and unraveled at a
    moment's notice. "This is a business" is the most common retort from
    players, and the answer to how they handle the fickleness of the game.

    "I told my girlfriend first," said Luke Walton, whom the Lakers traded as
    part of their deal for Ramon Sessions. "I thought that she would probably
    want to know. She thought I was joking with her. And then she was like,
    'Do I go with you or do I stay in L.A.?' What do I do type of thing. That was
    obviously tough. But she's staying. I've got a house there. I've got a dog
    there. I've got a bunch of stuff that needs taking care of. She's staying to
    take care of that. When we looked at the schedule and saw that we had
    25 games left, there wasn't really a point."

    There are a couple dozen players who are currently sorting through the
    demands of new environs. The Wizards called for a brief practice after the
    loss to Indiana last week. Ernie Grunfeld, Washington's general manager,
    stopped Nene before he left the practice court to ask if his new center had
    found a place to live. The new teams and the players' agents are key to
    the transition. They coordinate the flights and the hotels to stay in while
    they help the traded player find housing. Nene has stayed in a hotel the
    last couple of days, but will soon move into a luxury apartment. Lauren
    and their newborn baby will soon join him. Nene's brother doubles as his
    personal manager, and plans to move to Washington, D.C., with his own
    family. Nene has already decided to keep his house in Denver. It is his
    family's past, where all his friends live even if his basketball future is
    now in D.C.

    In the NBA, trades occur for all kinds of reasons. A franchise genuinely
    wants a player. A franchise genuinely wants to rid itself of a player. A
    team wants to rebuild. A team wants to strengthen for the playoffs.
    Teams need more draft picks. A player needs to be added to make the
    exchange approximate one another. Trades can be soaked in
    sentimentality, like the Lakers' trade of Derek Fisher, or barely register
    as a blip, like Philadelphia's acquisition of Sam Young for the rights to
    Memphis's Ricky Sanchez.

    The reactions also run the full spectrum. It may be one of the first times
    in his life that a player is told that his talent, the thing that has gotten him
    everywhere, is no longer wanted in a place where he has carved out his
    home. Most players say that the first trade is the hardest. Numbness sets
    in with each subsequent trade...CONTINUE READING GRANTLAND
    This is the darkest timeline.

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    I hope for a rebound game.

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    I believe in our guys. This is a game we should win and we will.
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    I'll be 2 rows behind the Pacers' bench. If they play badly, I've told my wife her best strategy is to claim she doesn't know me as security hauls me away.
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    Nice choices on the articles. State of Play is mad underrated.

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    I believe in our guys. This is a game we should win and we will.
    Like I said in the last Wizards game thread, even if you don't believe in the Pacers to play well, you can still believe in the Wizards to be the Wizards.

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Luke Walton has a girlfriend? Does Richard Jefferson know about her?

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    we will win this. i mean we can't lose to wizards can we?

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    West/Hibbert vs. Seraphin/Nene will be interesting to watch.

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    A three, then a Turnover, then an and 1, then a lane violation. What a start

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Nice pass and nice cut

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    That's it. Take the ball to the rack

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    jeez.. just sit dc already. i cant stand that guy anymore

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    2 very quick fouls for PG

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Nice pass, West. Nice cut, Hill.

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    How about getting a rebound?

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    We keep missing boards in this quarter

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Nice play by DC and GH (well, not exactly a play but whatever)

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    Trevor Booker already has 4 offensive boards.

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    >>>Hansbrough's Post Game

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    Place looks empty. Guess all the Kentucky fans (for wall) are in NO

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    Please draw another foul on Hansbrough. I would rather see Fesenko playing out there in his suit.

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    Default Re: 3/29/2012 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Wizards

    LOL Amundson was about 5 seconds early into the lane there.

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    These rookie refs need to learn the rules before they let them out there

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    I almost forgot Shelvin Mack was in the league.

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    Two fouls on three point shots and two lane violations in one quarter, I wonder how often that happens.

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