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    Default 12/9/2012 Game Thread #21: Pacers Vs. Thunder

    SILENCE THE THUNDER!



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    PACERS
    Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)




    THUNDER
    Perry Jones - left ankle sprain (day-to-day)


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    This week, the Pacers have edged out a win in Chicago and out-classed Portland at
    home to bring their record on the season above .500 for the first time since
    November 3. Given how depressing this team looked over its first 10 games of the
    year, that is actually a big step forward. But for a franchise that entered the season
    expecting to have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, this
    season has still been a disappointment.

    I always tell everyone that November in the NBA is glorified preseason. New players
    are still meshing with the old guard, guys are recovering from injury, some players
    need to get into game shape, and the collective rust of the offseason must be shed.

    Still, with 19 games of evidence, it’s officially fair to say it: the Pacers’ offense is
    horrible.

    Everyone I talk to asks me why. Why can’t a team with four capable scorers in its
    starting lineup put any points on the board? How is that a team whose starting
    unit(s) produced some of the best numbers in the league last year (especially in
    the playoffs) get so, so, so very bad just by losing Danny Granger, who hasn’t
    made an All-Star team since 2009?

    The short answer is: I don’t know. The longer answer is: I can identify some of
    the problems.

    We’ll get to those soon.

    First, just take a look at their game log so far this season in terms of the Four
    Factors. Cumulatively, the Pacers have put together the second-to-worst offense
    in the league this season (in front of only the Wizards). Somehow, it looks even
    worse if you break it down by game. They have finished only 4 games out of 19
    that with an above-league-average offense.



    The only reason they have 10 wins is because they have the league’s second best
    defense (and best in eFG% against). And more than that, the only way they have
    been able to eek out, let’s say, four of these wins is because excellent play down
    the stretch by...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s



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    JA Sherman: Durant and Westbrook are passing the test

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to evolve as playmakers.

    The Thunder offense has a new look this year. Forced to abandon the iso-heavy
    offense that carried the day a year ago, the Thunder have made great strides in
    executing actual offensive sets with intelligent playmaking, and the transition is
    beginning to take hold on a regular basis. The Thunder have run off five
    consecutive wins (3 against potential playoff teams) by an average winning
    margin of 22 points. What has made these wins satisfying is that in a way, the
    Thunder are still learning to play consistent offensive basketball, but because of
    the way they are learning to play, their offensive talent is better leveraged even
    when they play a good defensive team like the 76ers. The result is that the
    Thunder offense is improving and better yet, the team passing is one the rise.
    OKC is now 7th in the league at 22.7 assists per game, whereas in the past they
    had been almost always dead last.

    There were two passing plays in particular in the Thunder's win over the Hornets
    that I felt were indicative of this positive growth. In fact, these plays are
    becoming a regularity so I feel that it is important to point them out now
    specifically because if you are coming late to the Thunder party, you might not
    know that these plays rarely worked in the past. Basic sets like pick-and-rolls
    would get rushed, fast break opportunities would get wasted, and we were left
    wondering what would happen when the young Thunder would fix these
    fundamental issues. Our patience is being rewarded now.

    1. Dragging the Net

    In this first pass, Kevin Durant collects the rebound and brings the ball up the
    court himself, much like LeBron James might do. It is not a fast break opportunity,
    as the Hornets are all in good defensive position. What Durant does once he gets
    to the 3-point line is an extremely subtle but noticeable playmaking read; he does
    what I like to call 'dragging the net.' Here is the video sequence, first
    uninterrupted and then with some annotation.



    Even though Durant can see that the Hornets are back in time, he also sees that
    there is nobody protecting the rim. If he can break down one defender, an easy
    basket awaits.

    In the past, (and probably still in the future), Durant would drive hard at the rim
    himself. In this case, he eyes an opportunity to break down both his own man as
    well as his teammate Thabo Sefolosha's man, Greivis Vasquez. After a nifty move
    to elude Al-Farouq Aminu, Durant sets his sites on Vasquez and engages with this
    second Hornets defender. By dragging his fishing net across the Hornets' perimeter
    defense, Durant has occupied 2 different players who are chasing him horizontally,
    thereby freeing up Sefolosha to cut straight to the rim. Durant's playmaking
    created the space and Sefolosha read the play by cutting as soon as Durant made
    his move.

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    around superstition. My father is the most logical man I know; my older brother
    falls in the same quadrant. But my mother could not be more attuned to signs and
    coincidences, to fate and faith. I am the last link in the chain, so I figured it’d only
    be a matter of time before I confirmed my own suspicion that a servitude to mystic
    semiotics is an inheritable trait. I always was a momma’s boy.

    My tentative relationship with the supernatural reached a weird zenith, quite
    logically if also a little weirdly, during the 2012 NBA Draft. Perry Jones III was
    freefalling down the draft board, as all the reporters and draftologists had
    predicted. Apparently his reticence on the court during his two years at Baylor—
    a dazzling moment or stretch of moments; longer stretches of self-conscious
    invisibility—had induced a parallel reticence in NBA executives. Or maybe it was
    the word around the league, amorphous but all the more menacing for it, that
    Jones wouldn’t last five years because of some previously undisclosed knee issue.
    Here was a ticking time bomb, a player whose hindrances cast a long shadow
    over his potential as a transcendent NBA player. Teams just didn’t want to take
    the risk.

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    first “next Tracy McGrady”, which makes sense, considering that McGrady was
    already 22 when Qyntel declared for the draft. Surely the next McGrady couldn’t
    have arrived any sooner. It’s hard to embrace the next when we were just getting
    settled in with the original of the species. But Woods’ stock took a significant dip by
    draft night. Maybe it was his attitude. Maybe it was the junior college stigma at the
    time, with JuCo trailblazers like Kedrick Brown ruining it for everyone thereafter.
    Whatever the case, he fell to the 21st pick, and the Portland Trail Blazers.

    And so a decade later, watching Perry Jones III’s descent, I felt an alien rush of
    revelation. I had become a messenger of a 10-year prophecy. Jones was to be
    picked 21st; he would begin the cycle anew as a tale of redemption, only this time
    with a more fortunate timeline. He would be the redeemer of Woods’ ill-fated
    career, a decade on, a world different.

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    Default Re: 12/9/2012 Game Thread #21: Pacers Vs. Thunder

    Gonna be interesting to see the Paul George vs. Kevin Durant matchup.

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    Default Re: 12/9/2012 Game Thread #21: Pacers Vs. Thunder

    We can win this...

    Paul George for another great game, and Hibbert for the best game offensively of the season

    COME ON PACERS

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    Gonna be interesting to see the Paul George vs. Kevin Durant matchup.
    I think a better description will be humbling. We are getting torched by 20...

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    I can see K-Mart going for 30 on our bench wings and Lance.

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    Default Re: 12/9/2012 Game Thread #21: Pacers Vs. Thunder

    Anything under 20 points and I call it a success.

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    Win or lose... and reality is very likely lose, I just want to see Hibbert dunk the ball a few times. Dude's never been an offensive savant but he simply can't be THIS bad either. He needs to put on his man pants, remember he's the biggest dude on the floor nearly always and command the paint, with force. If I see that, even in a 20 point loss, I'll be satisfied, because him remembering that he's huge would mean a whole lot more than a loss to the Thunder would to our season.

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    Default Re: 12/9/2012 Game Thread #21: Pacers Vs. Thunder

    The starters keep it close but Vogel brings in all five bench players and we never recover from that.

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    Gonna be an ugly one tonight, sorry for being a realist.
    Give the ball to your best playmakers to win

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    Looking forward to a Win
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    If games are won and lost on a calculator and piece of paper, then why do we bother to play them?

    @LetsTalkPacers

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    I'm annoyed that it annoys me that Roy hasn't won an opening tip this season.

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    I'm annoyed that it annoys me that Roy hasn't won an opening tip this season.
    Maybe we want 2nd/3rd quarter possessions?
    If games are won and lost on a calculator and piece of paper, then why do we bother to play them?

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    Maybe we want 2nd/3rd quarter possessions?
    That's something Roy would claim.Truth is he can't jump high enough.

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    I think a better description will be humbling. We are getting torched by 20...
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    Have we ever won at Ocklahoma?I think that venue will become something similar to our record at San Antonio.
    Anyways,really hope for a win but i just cant see it.

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    Lets gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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    I'm annoyed that it annoys me that Roy hasn't won an opening tip this season.
    Plumlee went 2 for 2 in his Mad Ants stint.

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    Nice shot, Hibby

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    West gets so many Defensive 3 seconds.

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    Why did West let that O-board go?

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    David West "And 1" Count: 1

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    Lance with a nice move to the basket.

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    Amazing move, Lance

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