DESTROY THE DISNEYS!
Not a Redickulous Thought...
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: K. Mauer, D. Jones, L. Wood, S. Wall
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Orlando Notes
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
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Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE HILL Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG DAVIS ANDERSON RICHARDSON REDICK NELSON
Leandro Barbosa, sprained ankle, questionable
Darren Collison, sore groin, probable
Glen Davis, sprained ankle, probable
Dwight Howard, herniated disc, out
Video Playoff Series Previews:
Eight Points, Nine Seconds Preview: Jared Wade: Pacers vs. Magic - 2012 Playoff Series Preview
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
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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MAGIC BASKETBALL 5-on-5 roundtable: Previewing Magic-Pacers
“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
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
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
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
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
Hickory-High Jordan Kahn: Indiana and Orlando - By The Tape
Jordan Kahn breaks down the latest NBA trends in video form. You can find more of
his work at Basketball Things and follow him on Twitter @AyoitsJordan.
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.
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,
Speaking of Granger using screens...CONTINUE READING AT HICKORY-HIGH
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