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    Projected Starting Lineup:
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    PACERS
    Danny Granger - sore left knee (out indefinitely)
    George Hill - hip pointer (day-to-day)



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    Andrea Bargnani - flu (probable)


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    Eight Points, Nine Seconds Review:
    Tim Donahue: Pacer Hot and Cold Spots...

    Last year, we took a look at where the Pacers took their shots as a way to prep for
    the season This year, we’re going to leverage stats provided by the NBA to do the
    same exercise. First, let’s take a look at the team’s overall shooting in 2012:


    Indiana Pacers – 2012 Regular Season

    At 43.8%, the Pacers ranked towards the bottom of the league in shooting – 24th,
    to be exact. As you can see, Indiana was either below or well below average from
    all shooting zones but one. Their struggles inside 8 feet were especially damaging
    to the overall percentage. Only six teams took more shots in this area, but only
    one team (Cleveland – 51%) shot worse than the Pacers’ 52%. Had Indiana been
    able to convert at the league average of 55.2% in this range, it would have moved
    their overall shooting percentage over 45%, raising them to 12th in the league
    overall.

    Another interesting find can be made by looking at the shot distribution:


    Indiana Pacers – 2012 Regular Season Shot Distribution

    The floor balance here is impressive. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of the Pacers’
    attempts came up the middle, while 21% came from the right side, and 21% from
    the left. Over the 66 regular season games last season, Indiana only took 11 more
    attempts from the right side than the left. The Pacers hit almost 49% of their shots
    up the middle – .500 eFG% – but that was buoyed by the shots inside 8 feet.
    Removing that gives the Pacers an eFG% of .433 up the middle. They were slightly
    stronger from the right (.443), and much weaker from the left (.390).

    This kind of balance carried on into the playoffs:


    Indiana Pacers – 2012 Playoff Shot Distribution

    Once again, the Pacers lived on the centerline – 53% of their shots coming up the
    middle – while their use of each side was virtually identical with the other. Of the
    409 “side” shots attempted, 205 came from the right and 204 from the right.


    Indiana Pacers – 2012 Playoffs

    While the 42.4% shooting is worse than the regular season, it’s actually good for
    middle of the pack (8th of 16) in the playoffs. This time, they were below or well
    below average in every shooting zone. They still weren’t great inside 8 feet, but
    their 53.5% was just a tick below the 53.8% average in the playoffs. What killed
    the Pacers was dropping from over 37% three-point shooting in the regular season
    – 5th in the NBA – to 32% in the playoffs.

    There’s not a lot of reason to believe there will be significant changes in the Pacer
    offense this season, so it will be interesting to see if they can improve their
    accuracy inside, and stabilize their shooting touch from beyond the arc. Both will
    be crucial to Indy’s success in 2013.

    Now, let’s take a look at the individual players.

    Danny Granger


    Danny Granger – 2012 Regular Season

    The 2012 regular season was Granger’s worst shooting performance of his career,
    posting lows in both FG% (.416) and eFG% (.481). However, it truly was a tale of
    two seasons...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s



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    Gameday: Pacers @ Raptors Oct. 31

    The Raps will host the Pacers, a strong team that finished third in the East last year
    at 42-24. Let’s break down the…

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    Positional Breakdown

    Point Guard – Advantage: Toronto
    The Raptors solidified this position early in the offseason and are ready to reap the
    rewards after a summer of anticipation. Lowry isn’t in the elite class, but he’s safely in
    the second tier, while Hill and Augustin are both in the Calderon mold of being strong
    backups but sub-optimal starting options. Neither Pacer guard should be able to contain
    Lowry, while this is a point guard duo that lacks in size, negating one advantage
    opposing point guards can usually hold over Lowry.

    Wings – Advantage: Draw
    Normally this would be a huge advantage for the Pacers, but Danny Granger is out
    indefinitely with a left knee problem. His absence makes the Pacers relatively thin on
    the wing, and while George is the best of any of the wing players in this game, Green
    is their only other option. If DeRozan can get to the line at the rate he was in the
    preseason (yes, save for that last game), he should be able to improve his scoring
    efficiency enough to have legitimate value, although this says nothing of his defense
    and rebounding. Fields is the anti-DeRozan, doing just about everything other than
    scoring at a high level. Fields will likely draw the George match-up defensively, and
    DeRozan may have trouble with George’s size on the offensive end.

    Bigs – Advantage: Pacers
    The advantage here is only slight, as while Hibbert is one of the best centers in the
    game now, West looked a bit past his prime last season. If West can bounce back, this
    is a dangerous front-court duo with complementary offensive talents. West will be a
    tough guard for Bargnani, and Hibbert may be able to get Valanciunas to foul, but if
    this goes to the benches the Raptors have an advantage. Gray can body up on Hibbert,
    but Amir and Davis will essentially be useless on him, surrendering far too much size,
    and as such will be used on West (Bargnani would have to body up Hibbert) or when
    Mahinmi and Psycho T check in.

    Overall Analysis
    The Pacers are a very strong team, but without Granger their offensive creation can
    suffer a fair amount...CONTINUE READING AT RAPTORS REPUBLIC



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    Ball Don’t Lie’s 2012-13 NBA Season Previews: The Indiana Pacers

    We continue with the suddenly-relevant Indiana Pacers.

    Kelly Dwyer's Kilt-Straightener

    The up and coming Indiana Pacers have taken in a real pat-on-the-head treatment of
    late, and this is something that the team is just going to have to endure. The idea of
    the Pacers as a second round staple was jarring enough to NBA fans last season, even
    after the team's strong showing in a first round loss the year before, and within days
    that same slack-jawed fandom we associate with suddenly had to get used to the idea
    of the Pacers possibly knocking off a Miami Heat team that eventually turned into a
    champion. The Heat put a dampened comforter on that brush fire, but not before
    Indiana got pretty rowdy for a while.

    The noise was deserved, and the offseason was pretty damn goofy for a team that
    seemingly just needed to keep it together from May until November.

    Casting out Larry Bird and David Morway can't accurately be described as a regime
    change, not when the replacements in Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard worked with
    both and appear to think along the same lines as Bird and Morway, but it is a change
    above all caveats. Pritchard seems a passionate personnel man, but questionable
    practices and decisions in Portland plague him; and his salary cap work during the
    2012 offseason was strange...CONTINUE READING AT BALL DON'T LIE



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    Default Re: 10/31/2012 Game Thread #1: Pacers Vs. Raptors

    This gets the Jeff Foster Good Azz Game Thread Stamp of Approval.

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    Paul George scores 24 as the Pacers win 104-93, George Hill contributes 10 pts and 9 assists, D-West puts in 13 points and 9 boards, Roy Hibbert puts in 16 pts and 11 boards, Gerald Green scores 14, D.J. Augustin contributes 7 points and 5 assists, and Ian Mahinmi gets 8 points and 6 boards, that was my awesome prediction

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    The Raptors will be a better team this year (due to Lowry and Valanciunas) but I believe that we can win this game

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    Shouldn't be able to guard Hibbert and West. Hill should be able to shot down Calderon's penetration. Pacers should win this game. Pacers should really be 3-0 by Saturday night.

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    Do they still have that annoying baseline thing that looks like it is three dimensional under each basket. That drives me crazy - someone is going to get hurt. I know it is an optical illusion, but it is a bit unnerving

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    Do they still have that annoying baseline thing that looks like it is three dimensional under each basket. That drives me crazy - someone is going to get hurt. I know it is an optical illusion, but it is a bit unnerving
    Yes

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    Man I didn't know they had that kind of decent team, no bad.

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    ok here we go. come on pacers make us proud.

    btw did i miss something? no warcry thread?

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    Paul Georges time to shine

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    Cool. Cool, cool, cool.

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    I hope Green guards Ross and we let Paul George take DeRozan

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
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    Paul George scores 24 as the Pacers win 104-93, George Hill contributes 10 pts and 9 assists, D-West puts in 13 points and 9 boards, Roy Hibbert puts in 16 pts and 11 boards, Gerald Green scores 14, D.J. Augustin contributes 7 points and 5 assists, and Ian Mahinmi gets 8 points and 6 boards, that was my awesome prediction
    I could actually see all this happening.

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    So much Green for Green.

    Paul is going to have to come up really strong.

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    Pre- games about to launch!
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    I will use this as my makeshift war cry thread.



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    Here's to a new season!

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    Haha HERE WE GO!!! Looks like a german double team ! Go Pacers

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    I didn't get a chance to watch any pre-season games. Excited to see how the new guys look
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    Do they still have that annoying baseline thing that looks like it is three dimensional under each basket. That drives me crazy - someone is going to get hurt. I know it is an optical illusion, but it is a bit unnerving
    I don't know for sure, since I haven't been to the place, but I can almost guarentee that the players can't tell the illusion is there. Every team in the NBA would have complained otherwise.

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    Here in Portugal we are excited with this new season

    Come on Pacers, make us prowd

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    Why for God's sake is the league pass not loading?

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    ^^ mines doing the same
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