LET'S JOEY CHESTNUT
Game Time Start: 10:30 PM EST
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Officials: J. Crawford, B. Forte, T. Maddox
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Los Angeles Notes
Television: FOX Sports Indiana / TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes / SNET1 (Canada)
Radio: WFNI 1070 AM / KSPN 710 AM, KCOR 1350 AM
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Season Records: (W-L) 6-8 Away: 2-6
7-7 Home: 6-3
Upcoming Games: Nov 30 Dec 01 Dec 04 Dec 05 at at at vs 10:00pm 10:00pm 8:00pm 7:00pm
Projected Starting Lineup: HIBBERT WEST GEORGE STEPHENSON HILL Projected Starting Lineup: HOWARD GASOL PEACE BRYANT MORRIS
Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)
Steve Blake - abdominal strain (out)
Jordan Hill - herniated disc / sprained right wrist (probable)
Steve Nash - non-displaced fracture, left leg (out)
Perpetually Disappointing to Trader Joe Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points, Nine Seconds Review: Jeremy Comstock: Indiana Isn’t Forcing Turnovers
In searching for a telling statistic this week, much of my initial thoughts were simply
pointing out what would be obvious to any casual observer of the Pacers: The offense
is terrible, the schedule has been weak, Roy Hibbert is gunning for the Adonal Foyle
award as the owner of the NBA’s worst contract, and so forth.
While perusing Basketball Reference’s stats page, however, I came across a
So far this season, the one thing that the Pacer have been able to hang their hat on
has been defense. Sure, the team might have the second-worst offense and the
lowest effective field goal percentage in the NBA, but the defense has been pretty
stingy. Right now, the Pacers have the NBA’s best defense in fact, allowing just 98.2
points per 100 possession (which, for reference, is nearly 6 points/possession better
than league average).
The difference, however, is where our 11.3% comes into play.
This is the turnover rate of the Pacers’ opponents so far this season. Turnover rate
is the percentage of opponents’ possessions that end in a turnover. The Pacers are
currently ranked 30th in the NBA in turnover rate and are creating turnovers on
about 2.5% fewer possessions than they did last season. What this means is that
while they are playing some pretty stingy defense, they are not creating the
turnovers necessary to turn that defense into instant offense. They are rarely
grabbing a steal and running down the court for an easy basket. They are more
often just forcing the other team to miss, grabbing the rebound and then marching
up the court to run a terrible offensive set that probably won’t work.
If they were able to create...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Forum Blue & Gold: Darius Soriano: Trending Up - Metta World Peace
Size remains a premium in the NBA, even as the league trends smaller and quicker.
Since their first round playoff loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs
have been perceived as especially vulnerable to teams with large frontlines.
Coming into the season, I’m not sure anyone had high expectations for Metta World
Peace. After a very good first campaign with the Lakers in 2010, Ron saw his
production and efficiency decline the past two seasons. Last year, in particular, was
as poor a campaign he’d had in some time as nagging injuries kept him from being
in peak physical condition and then a late season suspension erased his progress
once he did work his way into shape.
This year, however, we’ve seen a brand new Ron. He’s in the best shape of his 4
seasons in Los Angeles, spent the summer working on his outside shot, and has
shown a renewed confidence in every aspect of his game. Plus, since the Lakers
scrapped the Princeton Offense and moved to a more wide open style, Ron is
thriving offensively and putting up his best numbers since he was a featured
player in Houston and Sacramento.
Consider the following:
- His 14.0 points per game are his highest since the 2009 season.
- His 43.6% shooting from the field is his highest since the 2008 season.
- His 39.1% shooting from behind the arc is his highest since the 2009 season.
- His 80% FT shooting is the 2nd highest mark of his career and best since he
played for the Pacers.
And while those are his season long numbers, recently he’s been playing even
better. In the last 5 games (or, the games since Mike D’Antoni has been actively
coaching — either on the bench or running practices), Ron is shooting even better
from all spots on the floor, scoring at a higher clip (16 ppg), rebounding better,
drawing more fouls, and committing fewer turnovers.
The beauty of Mike D’Antoni’s system is that it allows wing players to face off
against defenders in space. Most of the time when a wing catches the ball, he’s
working from the weak side of the floor where there’s only one other offensive
player to take up space. From this alignment, Ron is able to shoot his jumper in
rhythm or use his improved first step and his (still amazing) brute strength to
power by his man and get shots to the rim.
Looking at Ron’s shot chart, you see this very clearly. Long two pointers and
mid-range jumpers have nearly been abandoned for shots in (or near) the paint
or three pointers. Because he’s knocking down the long ball at a higher
percentage, it’s leading to defenses guarding him more closely which opens up
his drives to the rim.
It would be far fetched to think...CONTINUE READING AT FORUM BLUE & GOLD