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    Default 4/30/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #2: Pacers Vs. Magic

    Perhaps a Redickulous Thought...?


    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
    Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    Officials: D. Stafford, B. Kennedy, G. Zielinski, B. Forte

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Orlando Notes
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    Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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    Series & Season Records:
    Home: 23-11
    Away: 17-17
    Upcoming Games:
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    Projected Starting Lineup:

    Leandro Barbosa, sprained ankle, probable
    Darren Collison, sore groin, probable

    Glen Davis, sprained ankle, probable
    Dwight Howard, herniated disc, out

    Eight Points, Nine Seconds Preview Review:
    Tim Donahue: Becoming an Uptempo, Power Post Team

    The proximate causes of the Pacers’ game one loss have been well discussed.
    Missed shots, turnovers, missed free throws, and a four-minute scoreless
    stretch to end the game by Indy conspired with a couple of plays beautifully
    designed by Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy to give home court advantage to
    the underdog Magic. However, to me, most of those were just things that
    happened. Disappointing, sure, and certainly harmful to the Pacer playoff
    goals, but I didn’t find them particularly troubling. I was more bothered by
    the way the game was played than by any individual plays. Specifically, it
    bothered me how slowly this game was played.

    Past as Prologue

    The Pacers were supposed to handle the shorthanded — and just plain short
    — Magic in short order. When 8p9s posted our predictions, we weren’t any
    more optimistic about Indiana’s advantage than most third-party projections.
    A “gentleman’s sweep” was widely predicted. And 8p9s, I, and the rest of the
    NBA prognosticating world made that prediction despite Orlando’s 3-1 record
    over Indiana in the regular season series. There was one very clear and valid
    reason: those games had Dwight Howard, and these games would most
    certainly not.

    So, it was pretty much my worst-case scenario when I found myself watching
    a game on Saturday night that looked very much like the regular season
    contests between these squads. In fact, it had an almost startling resemblance
    a game played on another Saturday night way back in February. The night
    before the Super Bowl, Orlando beat Indy 85-81 in a game where the Pacers
    held the Magic to only 92 points per hundred possessions but could muster
    only 88 per themselves. You’ll forgive me thinking I’ve seen a ghost when I
    watch Orlando win 81-77 in a game during which they were held to a little
    over 92 per, but only permitted the Pacers to score 88 per hundred.

    All night long, all I could think was, “Too slow.”

    When asked about it on Sunday, Paul George acknowledged that the players
    felt it, too. “Yeah. We wanted to make [running] an emphasis,” he said.
    “Coming into the game, we wanted to run more and really challenge them to
    guard us in the open court. They did a good job of running to get back.”

    This was a common refrain among the Pacer players. “We do have to
    continue to push the pace a little bit more,” said Darren Collison. “We’ve got
    to use our speed to our advantage. We played right into Orlando’s hands with
    that type of pace.”

    Danny Granger said the Pacers had discussed tempo after the loss. “Honestly,
    [tempo] was another issue that we talked about why we lost.”

    Your Move, Pacers

    Pacer coach Frank Vogel touched on this subject before the game on Saturday.
    “Tempo is always important,” he said. “No matter who we’re playing, we want
    to run. Stan Van Gundy is one of the best coaches in the NBA. He has his team
    prepared — no matter who’s in uniform — to handle what your team’s strengths
    are. It’s going to be a series of adjustments.”

    And after losing home court advantage a mere 48 minutes into the postseason,
    it is Vogel’s Pacers who...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


    Jason Richardson’s crunch time shooting

    While most people will talk about the Los Angeles Clippers putting together one
    of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history, storming back from a 24-point
    deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies by the score of 99-98
    on the road in Game 1 of their first round playoff series, lest everyone forget that
    the Orlando Magic put together a comeback of their own (albeit on a much smaller
    scale) in their Game 1 victory against the Indiana Pacers.

    After Darren Collison made a jumper off the dribble near the left baseline to give
    the Pacers a seven-point lead at 77-70 with 4:05 left in the fourth quarter, the
    Magic went on an 11-0 run to — like the Clippers — close out the game and steal
    a Game 1 on the road.

    At the epicenter of Orlando’s comeback was Jason Richardson.

    With the score at 77-72 following a difficult floater high off the glass by Jameer
    Nelson off the dribble in the paint while fading away from the rim, Richardson
    made back-to-back three-pointers to give the Magic a lead they would never
    relinquish. And ironically enough, both three-point shots were generated from
    plays drawn up by head coach Stan Van Gundy following a timeout.

    You know, the same head coach that Dwight Howard wants fired.

    In any case, Van Gundy’s designs...CONTINUE READING AT MAGIC BASKETBALL

    Jordan Kahn: Indiana and Orlando: Game 1 Video Playbook

    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.

    A couple of huge three-pointers from Jason Richardson down the stretch gave
    Orlando an upset victory over Indiana in Game 1. Let’s take a look at the plays
    Orlando ran to get Richardson open.

    Before getting to the fourth quarter, Orlando set up Richardson’s first three-pointer
    with a curl to the basket in the third quarter. Orlando starts the play in their horns
    set, and Jameer Nelson first gives it up to Glen Davis. Nelson continues into the
    lane where Richardson rubs Nelson’s defender off of him so Nelson can pop back
    to the top to receive the ball. Instead of continuing through to the weakside of
    the floor, Richardson spins back around and runs off of a down screen from Davis.
    He curls around the screen and hits a runner in the lane. Video of the full play
    is below.

    Jumping ahead to crunch time, Orlando is in the horns set again, and Nelson
    and Richardson perform a similar off-ball exchange. This time, however,
    instead of getting a screen from Davis to run to the wing, Richardson gets a
    double screen from Davis and Ryan Anderson for an open three at the top of
    the key. By the looks of things, Paul George is anticipating Richardson popping
    out to the wing again and is trying to stop him from getting there. His denial
    works against him, as it gives Richardson a clear path to the top of the key.
    The full play is below.

    On Richardson’s next three-pointer...CONTINUE READING AT HICKORY-HIGH

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