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    Eight Points Nine Seconds:
    Jared Wade: Pacers Edge Out a One-Point Win in Memphis

    During his 12-year NBA career, Zach Randolph has made it abundantly clear on a number
    of occasions that he's not scared of anybody on the basketball court. The 6-foot-9, 260-
    pound Memphis Grizzlies power forward has gone toe-to-toe with some of the league's
    biggest and baddest dudes over the years, including, most recently, Oklahoma City
    Thunder center Kendrick Perkins; their November clash resulted in ejections, a $25,000
    fine for Randolph and one of the season's great quotes: Z-Bo telling Memphis radio host
    Chris Vernon, "I'm good with these hands, man. I'm a jackin' dude." (There's also the off
    -court and past stuff, which only bolster Z-Bo's never-scared bona fides.)

    How about them Pacers? This one-point win in Memphis on MLK Day tied them with
    Miami for the most wins in the Eastern Conference (26). They remain in third, behind
    Miami and New York, since they have more losses, but this looks to be a completely
    different team from the one we saw early in the season.

    This win was impressive for several reasons. I shall list a few.

    1) It was a very balanced attack.
    Nobody scored more than 14 points but six players had at least eight in what had to
    be one of the slowest-paced NBA games this season. (It was an estimated 85
    possessions, according to Hoop Data.) Normally, in wins, the team has leaned
    heavily on either Paul George or David West, with the occasional late-game heroics
    of George Hill. This game was a much more varied mix of contributions with a
    steady diet of team defense.

    2) They played up to the moment.
    Indiana went to Memphis to play a early game on MLK Day in the town where Martin
    Luther King, Jr. was killed. Aside from the postseason and All-Star Weekend, the two
    biggest dates on the NBA calendar are Christmas and MLK Day. Before the game,
    players are asked big questions about civil rights and their place in history. It may
    seem a little canned after watching similar scenes play out each year, but it has to
    feel larger than the average game. On the court, this game also felt meaningful. It
    was a playoff-level atmosphere and a game that the Grizzlies really needed to win
    from a confidence standpoint.

    3) They overcame late-game adversity.
    The Grizzlies second-to-last possession seemingly went on forever. I havenít seen
    anything like it in a late-game scenario since the Pacers did something similar to
    the Washington Wizards last year
    .

    The Pacers played remarkable defense...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s


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    Before the regular season started, the PRS staff took turns guessing the Blazersí win
    total
    . I predicted Portland would finish the season with 24 wins. Halfway through the
    season, itís safe to say that guess was low. Theyíre already at 20 and somehow,
    improbably, are just one game under .500 on the year. In some ways, itís confusing.
    But in others, it makes perfect sense.

    Letís be clear about one thing: this team is not good. Theyíre in the thick of the race
    for the eighth seed in the playoffs right now, but they wonít be there at the end of
    the season. Nothing about what theyíve been doing is sustainable. The amount of
    overtime and close regulation games theyíve won was crying out for regression, and
    the current six-game losing streak is starting to bear that out. Whatever Terry Stotts
    insists to the contrary, the fact that three of the Blazersí five starters are averaging
    at least 38 minutes per game is going to catch up to them, be it in the form of an
    injury or just general burnout. And when it does, things will get ugly, because they
    have arguably the worst bench in the NBA. However, even the biggest skeptic about
    this roster canít deny that the team is a lot better than anyone thought theyíd be
    going into the season, and the things that have made it so are what makes the
    future of the franchise so promising.

    Iíll admit that I didnít know a lot about Stotts when he was hired, outside of his less
    -than-stellar head coaching record with the Hawks and Bucks from several years
    ago. He seemed like a ďsafeĒ hire, without much upside but someone Neil Olshey
    and Paul Allen could sell to fans as having head coaching experience. He had Rick
    Carlisleís endorsement, having spent four years as an assistant with the Mavericks,
    but the choice felt uninspired.

    With his first season in Portland at the halfway mark, however, itís clear that Stotts
    was absolutely the right man for the job. I couldnít be more impressed with what
    heís gotten out of this roster, both from a basketball standpoint and as an off-court
    leader. His movement-heavy offense has done wonders in maximizing Nicolas
    Batumís talents. Stotts deserves Coach of the Year consideration for what heís done
    with Batum alone. His emphasis on the pick-and-roll has also helped foster great
    chemistry between Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. And most importantly,
    heís swiftly won the respect of everyone on the team. After the disastrous end to
    Nate McMillanís tenure last season, the need for a unified locker room was made
    plain if the franchise was to recover, and the fact that heís gotten everyone to buy
    in despite the recent losing streak and other tough stretches earlier in the season
    speaks volumes.

    Beyond Batum, whose recent growth I wrote about extensively last week and our
    own Danny Nowell has also written beautifully about, the player who has
    deservedly garnered the most attention from fans and media alike is the rookie
    Lillard. His Rookie of the Year campaign isnít as clear-cut as it appeared at the
    beginning of the season, with Anthony Davis healthy and looking as good as
    advertised, and Andre Drummond dominating in limited minutes in Detroit. But
    while Lillardís performance has inevitably slid since his otherworldly first few
    games in the league, heís shown an ability to adapt his game and correct his
    shortcomings which will serve him well going forward. His month-by-month splits
    at HoopData have shown him steadily improving as a finisher around the rim and
    growing more efficient with his midrange shot. His assist rate and turnover rate
    have also improved month-to-month. Taken as a whole, his shooting percentages
    are underwhelming, but mySynergySports ranks him 24th in the NBA in scoring
    efficiency in pick-and-rolls, 12th in isolations, and 14th in spot-ups. His advanced
    age for a rookie lowers his ceiling, and makes it unlikely that heíll ever rank with
    the truly elite point guards, the Chris Pauls and Russell Westbrooks and Kyrie
    Irvings of the league. But make no mistake: Lillardís been very, very good, and
    the organization has every reason to believe itís in good hands with him running
    the offense.

    Iím offering a mea culpa on Wesley Matthews, whom I killed during the summer
    and the preseason. So far, his dreadful 2011-12 season is looking more like an
    outlier than a genuine regression. His numbers arenít quite up to his excellent first
    season with the Blazers in 2010-11, but theyíre far closer to that benchmark than
    they are to last year. In particular, his laughably bad 49.5 percent efficiency on
    shots at the rim from last season is back up to a healthy 58.8, and heís hitting
    three-pointers at a 39.5 percent clip. As one of the longer-tenured Blazers
    (strange as it sounds, given that heís only in his third season with the club, only
    Aldridge and Batum outrank him in that regard), heís also assumed something
    of a leadership role, preaching consistency and accountability.

    As for Aldridge, Iíve long been an advocate of trading him sooner rather than
    later to maximize return and commit to a full rebuild, but now Iím not so sure.
    With the Blazersí core developing faster than anticipated, Aldridge is worth
    keeping around while Olshey adds ancillary pieces, rather than trading to blow
    the entire roster up. Plus, heís been pretty great. Heís been taking more long
    twos, a function of Stottsí attempts to adapt this roster to the Dirk Nowitzki-
    centered offense he and Carlisle ran in Dallas. And while Aldridge is (obviously)
    not nearly the shooter Nowitzki is, his efficiency from midrange has held
    relatively consistent with previous seasons even as the volume has increased.
    He still ranks 22nd in the league as a post scorer, per Synergy. But the biggest
    jump, by far, has been his defense. Erik Gundersenís excellent recent piece on
    Blazers.com broke this down in more detail, but according to Synergy, heís
    allowing a mere 0.58 points per possession on post-ups, the ninth-best mark
    in the league.

    So thatís whatís going well for the Blazers. Unfortunately, their four best players
    cannot play 48 minutes a game (ďWeíll see about that,Ē said Tom Thibodeau),
    and besides the obvious bench issues, thereís still that whole thing where J.J.
    Hickson is their starting center. His double-doubles are great official team social
    -media fodder, but to me heís the definition of a player whoís great to have on
    your fantasy team and not so great to have on your actual team.

    Hickson has benefitted enormously from the realization that he isnít a player for
    whom offensive sets should be drawn up, but he still takes a couple of
    cringeworthy 20-footers a game. The much-ballyhooed rebounding numbers are
    mostly empty calories. According to the on-court/off-court tracking site
    nbawowy.com, the Blazers grab 49.5 percent of all available rebounds when
    Hickson is on the floor, and 50.1 percent of total boards when heís on the bench.
    And thatís before we get to his liability as a defender, the likes of which no
    metric can do justice. He steps on the basketball court for the sole purpose of
    racking up double-doubles, and as long as the rebound is there for him, it
    matters not whether he could have taken away a shot attempt in the first place.
    When the Blazers were winning earlier in the month, that was something you
    could generally look the other way on. But now that this team is starting to
    become who we thought they were, the fact that their starting center canít
    guard anybody canít really be ignored.

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    Default Re: 1/23/2013 Game Thread #43: Pacers Vs. Blazers

    We beat them 99-92 at home earlier this year. So, we have a good shot at winning tonight. We must contain Lillard and Aldridge. If we play like we did against Memphis we should win. If we play like we did against Orlando we are in trouble.

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    Default Re: 1/23/2013 Game Thread #43: Pacers Vs. Blazers

    Portland is on a 6 game losing streak, so they should be hungry for a win.

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    13 - 8 at home. Would be a solid road win, but not an easy one.

    EDIT: Even less hearing about the 6 game losing streak they're on.
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    i got 25 on this one. pacers +1 first time ive got more than just pacer pride on the line. hoping Hibbs smacks Portland in the mouth and shows them what they missed out on. plus portland has a 6 game losing streak... gotta strike while the irons hot right fellas.

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    Ill be there reppin the pacers in a paul george jersey right behind the bench! Cant wait 1st pacer game

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    Hill don't go under the screen cause Lillard will burn you.

    Pathetic starting hour for us over here( 5 a.m.). Hope I will wake up to some good news tomorrow.

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    Portland's last 10 games have all been decided by 6 points or less (a 4 game winning streak followed by a 6 game losing streak). Other then that, they've been all over the map recently. Win over Miami followed by close losses to Golden State, OKC, and Denver. But their last 3 games have been losses to Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Washington. So this is a game that is clearly winnable but will likely be close.

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    Ill be there reppin the pacers in a paul george jersey right behind the bench! Cant wait 1st pacer game
    5 am i could live with, go to bed little early get up early, but damn 3 am is actually in the middle, getting up at 6.3- is impossible (if the game is even ended by then) and sine I am (atm) still working, going to bed really earlu is impossoble as well worst time, so LP to the rescue, scores off, wake up and start the game, cu then PD!
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    Hill don't go under the screen cause Lillard will burn you.

    Pathetic starting hour for us over here( 5 a.m.). Hope I will wake up to some good news tomorrow.
    yeah same here.

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    its a wednesday crowd for portland so maybe they will not be as ruckus at the rose garden. they have a legit starting 5. was not aware jj was playing for them now. we all know waht LA can do. Mahinmi could get some minutes on him tonight.

    Coach Vogel is emphasizing packing a D on the road and winning on the road. hopefully its a good game

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    When do coaches vote for allstar reserves? Would be great to see George put up 30/10/5 to keep him fresh in their minds for the vote lol

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    When do coaches vote for allstar reserves? Would be great to see George put up 30/10/5 to keep him fresh in their minds for the vote lol
    They voted today I believe.
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    Pathetic starting hour for us over here( 5 a.m.). Hope I will wake up to some good news tomorrow.
    True. But I slept earlier, woke up at 3 and I'll go straight to work after the game. Then I'll sleep again
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    If we lose this we will likely drop to the 4 seed. So there's some motivation. Brooklyn is coming for our ***.

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    Portland is a good team. Their starting 5 is great. Their bench is awful, though. We have to take advantage of their bench.

    They're also a good home team. So, it will be a close in.

    Let's hope that our bench plays well
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    $%#&@*. League Pass Broadband only has the audio feed for me, anyone else having this problem?

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    its a wednesday crowd for portland so maybe they will not be as ruckus at the rose garden. they have a legit starting 5. was not aware jj was playing for them now. we all know waht LA can do. Mahinmi could get some minutes on him tonight.

    Coach Vogel is emphasizing packing a D on the road and winning on the road. hopefully its a good game
    Late arriving its getting full now and super loud :-)

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    Portland is last in the league in protecting the rim. We have to take advantage of it and go to the rim strong.
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    When did Roy get a technical foul?

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    Hickson with 2 fouls, Leonard is in. We have to take advantage of the rookie.
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    Nice. 2 early fouls against Hickson.

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    Only half game behind NY. Let's get it, Pacers.
    NY is off tonight. After tonight we will have played 4 more games then they have, if not for the Chicago cancelation we would have played 5 more. I wonder when they start playing some back to back games or 3 in 4 nights to catch up in # of games played.

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