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    Default 5/2/2012 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Magic

    Not a Redickulous Thought...


    Game Time Start: 7:30 PM EST
    Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    Officials: D. Crawford, B. Adams, B. Spooner, M. Lindsay

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Orlando Notes
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    Away: 19-14
    Home: 21-12
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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

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    The onslaught reached force in the third quarter, when — for the first time — this series
    felt like the mismatch that most experts had predicted. The Pacers did jump out on the
    Magic early as well in game two last night, busing out the gates to quickly build a 20-10
    lead, but like in Game One, that early scoring flurry was soon erased, and Indiana once
    again looked like a team that was going to allow Orlando to dictate the tempo.

    Way more troubling than that initial recovery, however, was the fact that their opponent,
    led by the vertically challenged Glen Davis, was punishing the Pacers front court. It
    became Big Baby’s game; Indiana was just along for the ride.

    In the NBA, much is made about energy levels, aggressiveness and imposing physicality.
    Sometimes this is just cliched rubbish spun by hack writers who spent more of the game
    feverishly writing a post-game report pre-buzzer than truly paying attention. After all, it
    is really easy to just throw out overarching generalities (“TMac was never great; he
    couldn’t make it to the second round”) and be accurate without being correct.

    But in this case, it’s the only way to explain what actually happened. The Magic, in the
    second quarter, wanted it more.

    After falling down early, the Magic simply decided to be tougher than the Pacers. It led
    to them being able to do whatever they wanted. Jameer Nelson dribbled around freely,
    Davis was the largest presence on the court. Even NBA nobodies Chris Duhon and Earl
    Clark were making Indiana’s look like the ones who are fringe pros at best. And it
    wasn’t even so much that Orlando was running any great sets or converting buckets
    at an impressive rate. But they were able to get enough second-chance points to
    supersede the fact that the offensive execution was subpar. It was clear why: the
    Pacers were intimidated and became indecisive, passive and reactionary. Every Pacer
    fan watching must have been thinking the same thing: “Indiana isn’t making the
    second round.” It was that one-sided from an aggression standpoint.

    Then a funny thing happened...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s

    Magic Basketball
    Orlando searching for answers on offense

    By now you’ve heard. The third quarter of last night’s game between the Pacers and
    Magic seems to have been the series turning point for Indiana. Down a bucket at the
    half, the Pacers came out in the third and cold-cocked the Magic to the tune of a 30-13
    quarter that provided the final margin of victory.

    The question going forward is exactly what to make of that run. Was it an outlier or a
    harbinger? Was it a case of regression - the Pacers just starting to perform how we
    figured they always would - or was it a case of the Pacers playing exceptionally?

    To my eye, there were four reasons the Pacers came alive in the third: 1.) they
    mauled the Magic on the glass, 2.) they converted at the line, 3.) they snuffed out
    most of Orlando’s initial actions on pick-and-rolls, and 4.) George Hill began once
    more to resemble a professional basketball player. Of these, we’ll ignore Hill’s
    resurfacing, for the simple reason that I have no idea whether he will again net 16
    points on 8 shots, as he had at the end of last night’s third quarter.

    I’ll focus first on the fouls and the rebounding, because they’re really two sides of
    the same coin. I hate to point this out, but the Pacers only shot 28 free throws last
    night, which is a totally reasonable figure for a team playing with the sort of
    interior advantage the Pacers have. Even though, at times, during the third quarter
    it seemed there was a whistle on every play, the Magic really can’t argue with a
    28-19 free throw disparity in favor of Indiana given the stylistic and personnel
    differences. The rebounding? Stay with me, because this is where things get grim.

    Look, the Pacers are going to outrebound the Magic. Even in Game 1, Indiana was
    +5 on the boards. The Pacers are a strong rebounding outfit no matter how you
    slice it — a top-five team in raw per-game rebounding and in offensive rebound
    percentage. However, they simply bludgeoned Orlando on the offensive glass last
    night, corralling 37.5 percent of their own misses. While this seems like a shocking
    figure, nearly 8 percentage points above Indiana’s season average, when you
    consider the fact that Indiana’s offensive rebound percentage in the Magic’s Game
    1 win was 30.6 percent, it’s hard to come to the conclusion the Magic will remedy

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