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    Default 12/29/2012 Game Thread #30: Pacers Vs. Hawks

    PLUCK THE HAWKS!



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    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
    Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HIBBERT
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HORFORD
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    TEAGUE



    PACERS
    Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)
    George Hill - right thigh contusion (questionable)
    Lance Stephenson - left groin strain (questionable)
    Sam Young - flu (questionable)

    HAWKS
    Devin Harris - sore left foot (doubtful)
    Al Horford - right hip contusion (probable)
    Ivan Johnson - illness (probable)
    Anthony Morrow - right hip strain is (doubtful)
    Josh Smith - strained right hip flexor (game-time decision)


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    Eight Points Nine Seconds:
    Tim Donahue: Crooked Hook – Hibbert’s Wrist and Errant Shot

    Anyone who has followed the Pacers this season – or who has followed me on Twitter –
    is painfully aware that Roy Hibbert is having trouble putting the ball in the basket.
    Standing 7-feet-2-inches tall and getting almost 80% of your looks within 10 feet of the
    basket comes with certain expectations, and a trended FG% chart that looks like this
    isn’t among them:


    Missing three out of every five shots you take isn’t good for anyone, but it brings some
    unwanted attention to the recent recipient of a $58-million dollar contract. The spotlight
    gets even brighter when that players’ team is missing it’s leading scorer and struggling
    offensively.

    Saturday, Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star shed some light on what is likely a
    contributing factor in Hibbert’s struggles, when he reported that the Georgetown product
    had a wrist injury,

    “I haven’t had any power in my right wrist,” Hibbert said. “So my
    hand has been basically a stub.”

    The injury traces back to last May’s playoff series vs. the Heat, but the severity of the
    issue was only determined recently.

    The team’s medical staff determined Dec. 14 that there was a
    significant problem with his wrist.

    “It doesn’t hurt. It just has weakness,” Hibbert said. “Things were
    just out of whack. I was getting the shots I wanted with my right
    hand, but a few would go completely off track. So my touch was
    basically gone. That’s why I was shooting more shots with my left
    hand in the post.”

    Hibbert has been getting treatment on his wrist on a regular basis
    since the injury was revealed.

    After spending most of the season shooting below 40 percent from
    the field, Hibbert went into Saturday having shot at least 50
    percent from the field in four of the past five games.

    Using Basketball-Reference’s great resources, we can see how (or if) this injury is
    manifesting itself in Hibbert’s effectiveness from the floor.


    The spiderweb above shows Roy’s shot distribution by shot type for this season (blue)
    and last (yellow). There are a couple of things worth mention. First, “tip shots” as a
    percent of total have more than doubled year-over-year, but I’ll come back to that a
    little later. The bigger point here is that the hook shot is a big part of the big man’s
    arsenal.

    Last year, almost 34% of Hibbert’s shots were hooks...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s



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    We owe them for how we blew the lead against them at the beginning of the year. A win here would be massive obviously.

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    Love the old TBS promo.
    "We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.

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    We owe them for how we blew the lead against them at the beginning of the year. A win here would be massive obviously.
    Exactly the pre-game pep talk Vogel should use. "Hey guys, remember how badly you screwed the last game against them".

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    I hate the West vs Smith matchup. Smith plays so much on the outside that I'd rather see Paul defending him. Plus Paul struggles the most when drug through screens due to his length, meaning that Lance would be better off defending Korver. But West can't guard the smaller players.

    Smith will likely take West outside and just shoot jumpers over him.

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    I hate the West vs Smith matchup. Smith plays so much on the outside that I'd rather see Paul defending him. Plus Paul struggles the most when drug through screens due to his length, meaning that Lance would be better off defending Korver. But West can't guard the smaller players.

    Smith will likely take West outside and just shoot jumpers over him.
    I would be fine with Josh Smith shooting jumpers the whole game.
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    I hate the West vs Smith matchup. Smith plays so much on the outside that I'd rather see Paul defending him. Plus Paul struggles the most when drug through screens due to his length, meaning that Lance would be better off defending Korver. But West can't guard the smaller players.

    Smith will likely take West outside and just shoot jumpers over him.
    Smith shooting jumpers is the ideal scenario. Smith shooting jumpers is him at his worst.

    Don't they usually match up with us and start Zaza, though?

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    Violet Palmer? NOOOOO! Whats the over under on posters questioning her calls tonight?

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    Josh Smith is out.

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    Well that definitely works in our advantage haha. So Zaza at center and horford at PF?

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    We're done if they run horford and Lou will on pick and rolls or if Jeff Teague has a good shooting night.

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    Mike Wells ‏@MikeWellsNBA

    My girl @PacersKrissy has just informed me that Hill WILL start tonight.
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    Philips Arena is just a house a horrors for this team.....I hope to see this change tonight!
    And the walls came tumbling down.....

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    HUGEEE GAME

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    statement game

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    Korver, don't kill us, please.
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    Without Smith we should win this game.

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    Josh Smith, Devin Harris and Morrow all out

    Big game for us
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    Can Quinn take over full time?? Not a fan of Austin
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    Nice shot, PG
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    If Korver is going to guard George, PG should go for 30 tonight
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    Nice one, GH
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    Kyle Korver is being abused right now

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    Lance
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    Yes, Paul... You can school Korver at will. That doesn't mean you have to force it every time down the floor... Love the confidence though.
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