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    It starts tonight. The heavily favored Pacers square off against the Magic
    tonight at 7:00 pm in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Without Dwight Howard, most
    experts agree: Orlando is a dead team walking. It seems impossible that Stan
    Van Gundy, almost certainly a lame-duck coach with only a week or two left on
    the job, will be able to rally his troops enough for them to mount a true threat
    to Indiana. The interior advantage the Pacers have will likely be just too much
    to handle. And while the Magic can still be deadly from behind the arc, three-
    point shooting has rarely propelled a lesser team to victory in a seven-game
    series.

    The outcome, then, may be anticlimactic, but this is just how Pacers fans
    should want it. The team hasn’t won a playoff series since 2005 so getting a
    wounded opponent is just what the Dr. (Hibbert) ordered.

    There is still plenty to watch for, however.


    Four of the Pacers five highest-scoring players this season have never played
    in the second round of the playoffs. With the addition of David West (24 career
    playoff games), George Hill (20), Leandro Barbosa (64) and Lou Amundson
    (18), the roster does now have considerably more postseason experience than
    last year’s near-playoff-virgin squad did when they faced the Bulls. But nobody
    on this roster has played together in the second round, and none of the guys
    who played in that Chicago series have ever played in playoff series in which
    they were favored. So it will be interesting to see how they respond. To falter
    to such a degree that they lose to the Magic would be a collapse too large to
    even discuss before game one. But it will be important to see how they
    respond if — and when — some adversity surfaces. Because Orlando will
    make enough runs in most of these games to steal momentum. They
    have plenty of offensive firepower to trade blows with Indiana, which is
    prone to some long scoring droughts.

    Will the Pacers respond by going back to their strengths of pounding the ball
    inside and moving it around the perimeter? Will any of the sometimes-hesitant-
    to-shoot players (looking at you, Paul George) shy away? Will the Darren-
    Collison-as-backup-point-guard experiment face more hurdles than expected?
    Will Roy Hibbert play like the All-Star he was this season or post a line like 7
    and 5? Will Tyler Hansbrough make jumpers?

    Other than concerns related to inexperience and psychology, the key for
    Indiana will be stopping...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s

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    “We all we got.”

    Glen Davis came up with the slogan in response to the Orlando Magic’s
    whirlwind regular season that has been decimated by injuries, punctuated
    with Dwight Howard needing season-ending back surgery to repair a
    herniated disk.

    Dwight done for the year, Hedo Turkoglu still recovering from facial
    fracture surgery (he donned a mask for Thursday’s game against the
    Memphis Grizzlies), and Davis — himself — trying to heal a sprained right
    ankle as fast as possible, it’s no surprise the Magic have taken on a bunker-
    like mentality. And for Orlando, in a season which has featured a lot of
    drama and controversy, it’s only fitting that they will be playing with their
    backs against the wall in their first round playoff series with the Indiana
    Pacers.

    The Magic have been playing with their backs against the all practically all
    year, what with Dwight’s saga dominating the headlines. But will any of that
    matter? Does Orlando, with the odds heavily stacked against them, stand
    a chance against the Indiana Pacers?

    The crew at Magic Basketball, with the help from our friends over at Eight
    Points, Nine Seconds, attempt to find that out.


    What is the greatest matchup advantage for the Magic?


    Nate Drexler, Magic Basketball: There are few teams capable of truly
    guarding Ryan Anderson when he’s stretched out. Certainly Indiana has
    the advantage inside, but if Anderson can stretch things out and catch
    fire it might create some problems for the Pacers. Then again, with
    Dwight out and Anderson on the three-point line I have to wonder who is
    going to rebound the ball.

    Danny Nowell, Magic Basketball: Ryan Anderson. “The Grenade Launcher”
    should be able to draw some of Indiana’s considerable brawn out of the
    paint and free some things up for a hopefully dialed-in Jameer Nelson.
    It’s really the Magic’s only hope, as I see things.

    Matt Scribbins, Magic Basketball: With the current roster, Ryan Anderson
    is the greatest matchup advantage no matter who the Magic play. Other
    teams, including the Pacers, do not have players who can defend a stretch
    four that knocks down shots consistently from beyond the arc.

    Tim Donahue, Eight Points, Nine Seconds: Ryan Anderson vs. the Pacer
    starting bigs. Neither David West nor Roy Hibbert are fleet of foot, and a
    stretch big like Anderson can pull either of them far out of their comfort
    zone defensively. A big series by Anderson will not only weaken the Pacer
    D by spreading them out, but could force the Pacers to go small.

    Jared Wade, Eight Points, Nine Seconds: Ummm … hmmm … let me see
    if … got nothing. Would perhaps say the coach if I didn’t presume a few of
    the players hate Stan now and Frank Vogel hadn’t been so good this season.
    But, otherwise, just not seeing a single advantage for the Magic without
    Dwight.


    What is the greatest matchup advantage for the Pacers?


    Drexler: Roy Hibbert will not be contained by any of the “bigs” left in
    Orlando. We cannot forget that Hibbert is an All-Star center and an
    extreme talent, especially when he’s not restricted by the best center in
    the league. Look for Indiana to pound the ball in and let Hibbert go to
    work.

    Nowell: Defensive length. I was going to write “post depth,” since the
    Magic have precisely none right now and will likely get feasted on by
    Hibbert and West. But this applies across the board; at almost every
    position, the Pacers have an athlete who can disrupt Orlando’s already
    limited ability to create shots.

    Scribbins: Once again, with the current roster, almost every team is
    going to have an advantage inside against Orlando. It’s a tough task to
    lose the most dominant center in the game and still compete inside.
    David West and Roy Hibbert will dominate.

    Donahue: The Pacer starting bigs vs. Orlando’s bigs. With no Dwight, both
    Hibbert and West should have an advantage in the post over whoever is
    guarding them. If the Pacers are able to get these two consistent touches
    on the block, I can’t see the Magic being able to make stops.

    Wade: Roy Hibbert. I thought it was a little silly when the Magic gave so
    much money to Marcin Gortat to back up Howard. They could really use
    him back right now though, eh? There isn’t a player on Orlando’s roster who
    can even consider stopping Hibbert. Fortunately for Magic fans, sometimes
    the Pacers do that themselves by simply ignoring him. But I think at least
    one 27-12 game can be expected from the big fella.


    Who is the x-factor in this series for the Pacers?


    Drexler: Paul George. In...CONTINUE READING AT MAGIC BASKETBALL


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    With Dwight Howard missing the playoffs, most pundits are picking the Pacers
    to beat the Magic with relative ease. With the help of mySynergy Sports, let’s
    take a look at how the Pacers can take advantage of the new-look Magic and
    how Orlando can change things up without Dwight.

    Indiana

    It may be surprising, but the Magic ranked last in the NBA in defending the
    post, and that was with Dwight Howard in the lineup for the majority of the
    year. Now that Howard is out, Roy Hibbert will be facing one of Glen Davis,
    Ryan Anderson, Earl Clark, or Daniel Orton in the post. In case there was
    any doubt about that being a mismatch, the chart below shows how
    bad those four have been as post defenders.


    Orton allows the fewest points per possession, but he has been on the floor
    so little that he doesn’t qualify to be ranked. The rest of the frontcourt
    ranges from meh to very bad as post defenders.

    Once Hibbert starts scoring the post, things will open things up for the rest
    of the Pacers. Hibbert is a pretty good passer, so one thing the Pacers wings
    do cut off Hibbert after they throw the post entry. The clips below show a
    few examples. Even if the wing defender doesn’t lose his man, he can just
    be pushed into Hibbert, who serves as a screener.


    When the Pacers aren’t cutting to the basket, they can spot up for threes.
    Instead of just standing and waiting for the ball to come, Indiana has set
    screens for Danny Granger to get him open. The video below shows
    Granger’s man giving him a bit too much space and then getting caught by
    surprise on a David West screen. The post player in the video clips is Paul
    George, but this action could easily be run with Hibbert in the post,
    as well.


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    Why is Jones in the starting line up? Where is Granger?

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    It looks like Hedo will play with a protective mask. Big Baby looks to play as well ( as noted before ).
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    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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    Why is Jones in the starting line up? Where is Granger?
    I have absolutively, posilutely no idea what you're referring to.

    (That's a lie. Thanks for the reminder...just an oversight in updating the table from the last game preview. Too busy focused on the new elements I s'pose.)
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    haven't felt this excited in a long long time. of course i would be happy with a win but i hope we crush magic tonight.

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    No problem, ATC

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    Just cracked open my first beer! Probably should have held of a little longer... 4 hours and counting!


    Pacers gonna lay waste to Orlando!

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    PG needs to bring it today hopefully he doesn't pick up two early fouls and have to sit the majority of the first half.

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    I have decided that the value of the Amazon.com Gift Card will be the final +/- for the series.

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    SO STOKED!! LEAVING NOW FOR THE GAME!!! CANT WAIT!!

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    They just showed Jameer Nelson warming up. Seats have shirts on them, looking like a gold-out tonight

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    Looks like a bee hive.

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    Any word on who on ESPN will be calling it? I'm guessing the D team, but who does that consist of?


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    1 hour

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    Paaaaaacerrrrrss!!!!!!!!!!

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    Are those shirts at the seats? can't tell think so.

    nvm i see it ... lets gooo

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    I'll see you guys on the other side. Glad we got a couple of mainstream games so I could convince friends to watch it with me. I'll be here for the week night games. I'll have to celebrate with all of you after next weekend's game. Let's sweep these jokers!

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    Any word on who on ESPN will be calling it? I'm guessing the D team, but who does that consist of?
    I just know Chris Mullin is one of them.
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    SOOO PUMPED!!!!

    Although I could bring my laptop into the tv room and post during the game, I think I will restrict myself to occasional comments during halftime/commercials and postgame. Don't want to distract myself during the first game of our 2012 playoff run

    Talk to you guys all very soon!!!

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    Barbosa is playing tonight!

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    Here's who is calling the game..
    http://instagr.am/p/J-rQSWmYcf/

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    Here's who is calling the game..
    http://instagr.am/p/J-rQSWmYcf/


    thats all i got

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    Here's who is calling the game..
    http://instagr.am/p/J-rQSWmYcf/
    Wait... So you mean WE might get a homer call for once?

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    I hope a huge crowd comes out for tonights game.

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