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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
Television: NBATV, FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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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 TURKOGLU RICHARDSON NELSON
Leandro Barbosa, sprained ankle, probable
Darren Collison, sore groin, probable
Glen Davis, sprained ankle, probable
Dwight Howard, herniated disc, out
Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: 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
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
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MAGIC BASKETBALL 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
Hickory-High 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
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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