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    Default 4/13/2012 Game Thread #59: Pacers Vs. Cavaliers

    CRUSHING THE TALENTS
    FROM THE MISTAKE
    BY THE LAKE


    -VS-



    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
    Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    Officials: M. McCutchen, S. Wall, G. Zielinski

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Cleveland Notes
    Local TV: FSI
    Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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    Season Records: (W-L)
    36-22
    (Home: 19-8)
    19-37
    (Away: 9-18)
    Upcoming Games:
    Apr 14
    Apr 16
    Apr 17
    Apr 19
    Apr 21
    at vs at vs vs
    8:30 pm
    7:00 pm
    7:00 pm
    7:00 pm
    7:00 pm


    Projected Starting Lineup:
    C
    PF
    SF
    SG
    PG
    HIBBERT
    WEST
    GRANGER
    GEORGE
    HILL
    Projected Starting Lineup:
    C
    PF
    SF
    SG
    PG
    THOMPSON
    JAMISON
    GEE
    PARKER
    SLOAN


    Pacers
    Darren Collison, sore groin, day-to-day
    Kyrylo Fesenko, getting into wacky hijinks in Point Place, WI, out

    Cavaliers
    Daniel Gibson, torn tendon-left foot/ankle, out
    Kyrie Irving, contused/sprained right shoulder, out
    Anderson Varejao, right wrist fracture, out



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    Eight Points, Nine Seconds Preview Review:
    Jared Wade: Pacers Don’t Lose to Cavs

    Despite their best efforts, the Pacers beat the Cavaliers. Before we focus on
    the ugly near-loss, let’s point out the most significant takeaway from the
    evening: the Pacers got their 17th win of the season outside of Indiana,
    guaranteeing them a winning road record for the first time since the first
    Roosevelt administration. Meaning Theodore. (I don’t actually know when
    the last time was. Someone look it up and tell us all in the comments.
    Probably 2003-04.)

    Excellent milestone for a team that has shown that they are capable of
    winning against any team on any night in any building. Who really thought
    that could be possible right now even 6 months ago?

    Unfortunately, what has generally been a very encouraging season has also
    included plenty of discouraging games like tonight. It was a dull, mundane
    game where the Pacers seemed to be going through the motions. And that
    seemed to be enough to beat a team that, as Mike Wells noted on Twitter,
    was “2-13 in their last 15 games” and has “called up 7 guys from the D-
    League this season.” Until it wasn’t.

    Depending on your perspective, the Cavs either started forcing a bunch of
    turnovers late or the Pacers started to choke the game away and cough the
    ball up repeatedly. The outcome was the same. Cleveland cut the lead to 8.
    Then 5. Then 3. Then 1. Stop me if you can see the pattern. Soon, they were
    winning and extending a lead as the Pacers looked incapable of scoring.
    Indiana went nearly 6 minutes and 42 seconds without hitting a field goal in
    fact. A George Hill three-pointer ending that impressive run of futility. And
    it was a really good thing he showed up for work today. He added two layups
    soon after to tie the game and then give the Pacers back the lead.

    His actions after that, however, will likely make most forget that the team
    probably would have lost...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
    Jonathan Auping: What Else Rhymes With Lester?

    • How do we create excitement during a two-game stretch against the
      same lottery-bound team? Bad jokes and random observations by
      yours truly will have to do.

    • Effort can be an issue against bad teams for the Pacers. When
      Granger brings the hustle, the rest of the team usually follows suit.
      Early in this one Granger set the tone, not just hitting shots, but
      moving without the ball and playing defense. Unfortunately neither
      Granger or the rest of the team maintained it for 48 minutes.

    • Shouldn’t Omri Casspi have to get at least 20 minutes per game to
      be able to have the same role as Serge Ibaka in a Sprite commercial?

    • Every time I’ve seen Antawn Jamison score a bucket in a Cavs’
      jersey since Lebron left I’ve thought to myself, “Ahh, poor guy, good
      for him.”

    • So when you’re Brazilian do people not talk about your mustache?
      Brazilian Blur? More like Brazilian Burt Reynolds. Am I right?
      #MustacheJokes #SlowGame #WaitThisIsn’taTweet

    • 163 NBA injuries later… “Walton! Luke! Yeah, you. You’re in.”

    • Roy Hibbert’s got the post moves … it would just be nice if he could
      execute them about 17% faster...
    CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


    Cavs the Blog
    Quick Recap: Or, of dashed hopes and Lester Hudson

    MVP: Danny Granger. Granger did his thing from all over the court on
    Wednesday night, taking the ball to the post for some easy baskets while
    hitting his jumpers whenever he got a look at them. He finished with a
    game-high 23 points, and his contributions in overtime sealed the game for
    the Pacers.

    LVP: Anthony Parker is just returning from an injury, and playing 37 minutes
    on the latter half of a back-to-back clearly didn’t agree with him — after a
    great game on Tuesday, Parker managed just 7 points on 2-8 shooting from
    the field.

    X Factor: The Cavaliers had absolutely zero success keeping the Pacers off
    the free throw line. David West, Tyler Hansborough, and Danny Granger are
    all great foul-drawers, and they got the Cavs to fall for their tricks time and
    time again, leading to the Pacers getting 9 more points from the free throw
    line than the Cavs did.

    Turning point: With the Pacers up two and just over two minutes remaining
    in overtime, Danny Granger nailed a 3-pointer to put Indiana up by 5, then
    hit an 18-footer less than a minute later to seal the game for Indiana. The
    Cavaliers gave the Pacers much more of a fight than they must have been
    expecting, but the Pacers’ execution on both ends of the floor was simply too
    much for the Cavs in overtime.

    That was...sad: Lester Hudson made a game-tying 3 at the end of regulation
    against the Nets on Sunday. only to watch his team lose in overtime. On
    Wednesday, Hudson hit a game-tying floater at the end of regulation, only to
    watch the Cavs lose in overtime yet again. Hopefully Hudson’s next clutch shot
    will actually lead to a Cavalier victory.

    READ MORE CAVS THE BLOG
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