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    Default 4/21/2012 Game Thread #64: Pacers Vs. Sixers

    RING PHILLY'S BELL!



    -VS-



    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
    Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    Officials: B. Kennedy, J. Tiven, Z. Zarba

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Philadelphia Notes
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    Season Records: (W-L)
    41-22
    (Home: 22-8)
    32-30
    (Away: 13-16)
    Upcoming Games:
    Apr 23
    Apr 25
    PLAYOFFS
    PLAYOFFS
    PLAYOFFS
    vs vs
    7:00 pm
    7:00 pm
    TBD pm
    TBD pm
    TBD pm


    Projected Starting Lineup:
    C
    PF
    SF
    SG
    PG
    HIBBERT
    WEST
    GRANGER
    GEORGE
    HILL
    Projected Starting Lineup:
    C
    PF
    SF
    SG
    PG
    VUCEVIC
    BRAND
    IGUODALA
    MEEKS
    HOLIDAY


    Pacers
    Darren Collison, sore groin, out

    Sixers



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    Eight Points, Nine Seconds Preview Review:
    Jonathan Auping: Danny Granger vs. Andre Iguodala

    The Pacers locked up home-court advantage in the first round, and the
    playoffs are on everybody’s mind. But we have plenty of time to talk about
    the upcoming postseason (and we will give you plenty of analysis). For
    the moment, we’re going to take a little break from the playoff chatter and
    do a little old-fashion player to player comparison between Danny Granger
    and Andre Iguodala.

    The small forward is perhaps the most interesting position in the league
    right now. Considered the “three spot,” it fits right in the middle of the
    lineup and any given small forward might have a skill set that fits the
    description of a shooting guard or a power forward — or both. In the
    current NBA landscape there are Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin
    Durant, and then everybody else. But Danny Granger and Andre Iguodala,
    only separated by one draft class, have quietly emerged over the past few
    years as two of the most effective and dangerous small forwards in the NBA.

    The two young veterans seem to be atop that second tier of their position;
    not MVP candidates, but certainly all-star caliber players. They would rank
    ahead, in my opinion, of generational peers like Rudy Gay or Luol Deng as
    well as aging players like Shawn Marion and, perhaps even Paul Pierce. But
    the question is, which one of these two players is better?

    Sure, they play the same position. Sure, there is only a two-inch height
    difference. Sure, their 2012 salaries are within about one million dollars
    of each other and there is only about a nine-month age difference. But the
    truth is they are very different players. Iguodala’s game revolves around his
    versatility; he is a freak athlete who can rebound, attack the rim, play
    defense and pass. Granger, on the other hand, is primarily a scorer whose
    shooting ability is his most dangerous threat.

    The numbers back this up. Every year that both players have been in the
    league (Iguodala was drafted a year before Granger), Granger has averaged
    more points per game than his counter part. Even in Granger’s rookie year
    (Iguodala’s second season) he put more points on the board than Iguodala
    and he averages nearly six more points per game for his career, which is no
    small number. In fact, it is the same difference in career points per game
    between Kobe Bryant and Michael Redd. While Danny Granger may not be
    able to score as proficiently as a Kevin Durant, he can do an adequately job
    creating offense on his own and hit bail-out shots late in the shot clock. He’s
    a threat to go for 30 points on any given night and the same can not be said
    about Andre Iguodala...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


    Depressed Fan

    The good news is this game was much more reminiscent of the way the
    Sixers played earlier in the season than their recent stretch of hopeless play.
    The bad news is that this was reminiscent of their early season play in that
    they did everything they could to lose a close game.

    The Sixers last two losses (against two very different teams) were examples
    of the Sixers producing on the offensive end at a completely unsustainable
    level, and not being able to stop their opponents on the defensive end. At
    least they're finding new and interesting ways to flush this season down the
    toilet.

    Here's your rotation chart. Note the end of the third and the beginning of
    the fourth:


    If you were the type of person who liked to point fingers and needed to come
    up with a reason for this loss beyond the obvious (the team is in the worst
    kind of tailspin and desperately wishing for this season to end), you probably
    wouldn't need to look much further than the lack of rest. Last night, against
    Orlando, Doug Collins used an eight-man rotation. Tonight, against the
    physical Indiana Pacers, the Sixers rotations on the perimeter were
    uncharacteristically...CONTINUE READING AT DEPRESSED FAN
    This is the darkest timeline.

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