NYET THE NETS
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: S. Wright, E. Lewis, V. Palmer
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Season Records: (W-L) 31-20 Home: 20-4
29-22 Away: 11-12
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Projected Starting Lineup: HIBBERT WEST GEORGE STEPHENSON HILL Projected Starting Lineup: LOPEZ EVANS WALLACE JOHNSON WATSON
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Deron Williams - ankle tendinitis (out)
Perpetually Disappointing Trader Joe Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points Nine Seconds: Tim Donahue: The One That Got Away, Pacers Fall to Raptors in OT
Not too long ago, the NBA world was buzzing about how the Indiana Pacers could ride
Roy Hibbert and David West to victory over the seemingly invincible Miami Heat. In a
league where teams are getting smaller by the minute, a squad with a 7’2” center and
a bruising power forward presented a massive threat.
In my younger days, I read a great deal of Tom Clancy. It was in those books where I
was introduced to the concept that the most competent people – the most trusted –
were also the ones in the position to fail the most spectacularly.
That’s what happened tonight to the Indiana Pacers.
“I just can’t be that careless at the end of the game with the ball. I second-guessed
myself, hesitated a little bit, and threw it short. We just didn’t close the game the
right way, and so, we didn’t get the win. They made the plays to close the game, and
That’s David West describing the pivotal play in the Pacers’ 100-98 overtime loss to
the Toronto Raptors. Up two with six seconds left, Indy just needed to get the ball
inbounds and hit free throws. That’s when West made an ill-advised attempt to hit a
streaking Lance Stephenson that Rudy Gay picked off. An Amir Johnson putback at the
buzzer got Toronto five extra minutes.
That play will get the focus, with good reason. However, it was far from the only way
the Pacers cost themselves a win. In a two-point overtime loss, the Pacers made 19
turnovers (including two in the last minute of OT), gave up 27 second chance points,
and missed 9 of 28 free throws.
Late in a rocky fourth quarter, back-to-back threes by Paul George and George Hill
looked to have given Indiana enough altitude to take the win. But they just couldn’t
close it out. The Pacers led for most of the game, but it never felt like they really
West could feel...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
The Brooklyn Game: Will Rauch: The fallacy of "the coaching bump"
P.J. Carlesimo is no stranger to mid-season firings. The Thunder axed him in 2008
after a 1-12 start and replaced him with current coach Scott Brooks, who rallied the
young troops for a 22-47 record the rest of the way. Seven games is a small sample
size, but if Carlesimo really is the Nets interim coach for the immediate future (as
management has repeated ad nauseam), he may well be on his way to the so-called
“bump” a new coach gets when taking over the reins of a team in disarray.
But is this coaching bump real? Luckily, the coaching carousel of the NBA offers a
large sample size to pore over. Of the 30 current NBA coaches, only Gregg Popovich
(Spurs ‘96), George Karl (Nuggets ’05) and Doc Rivers (Celtics ’94) have start dates
of more than five years ago. Off-season coaching changes are a far different animal
than mid-season switches, so I'll focus only on the recent history of in-season
changes to evaluate the “bump”.
Dating back to the 2010-11 season, there have been ten in-season coaching changes,
up to and including Avery Johnson and Mike Brown’s firings this year. Mike D’Antoni’s
tenure in Los Angeles has gotten off to a shaky start, but it is far too early to tell if
that move will work. Sticking to a sample with a full season of results, below are the
eight new coaches from 10-11 and 11-12 and how they fared the rest of the way:
It doesn’t take Nate Silver to see these results carry more noise than signal. The
reality is that most of these teams were bad, regardless of the coach. The Jazz had
the only winning record on the list before the switch, and the terrible record post-
change had more to do with the turmoil of Jerry Sloan’s abrupt departure and the
subsequent trading of Deron Williams than anything Ty Corbin did wrong. (Ty Corbin
remains the Jazz coach today.)
Nets fans might notice some familiar names thrown around as replacements for
Avery Johnson on the fired side of the list. For better or worse, the talent pool that
front offices choose to select from is often small, with fired coaches routinely being
hired by new teams like an episode of Coach Swap.
Frank Vogel and Mike Woodson represent the two most successful interim coaches on
the list. The 39-year-old Vogel, who started as a video assistant for Rick Patino’s
Celtics (I'm not saying, but I'm just saying), took over the Pacers for Jim O’Brien, a
fiery coach that came under fire for inconsistent rotations and squandering a promising
early season record (sound familiar?) in January 2010. Vogel led the young Pacers to a
playoff berth, something O’Brien wasn’t able to do in his four-year tenure. The first
time head coach then followed it up with a successful 2011-12 campaign, nearly
upsetting the eventual world champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference
Semifinals. He recently earned a contract extension.
Woodson took over...CONTINUE READING AT THE BROOKLYN GAME