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    Default 3/1/2013 Game Thread #59: Pacers Vs. Raptors

    BEAT THE BARNEYS


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    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
    Where: Air Canada Center, Toronto, ON
    Officials: B. Adams, E. Dalen, C. Kirkland

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    Season Records: (W-L)
    36-22
    Away: 12-16
    East: 22-12
    23-35
    Home: 15-15
    East: 13-19
    Upcoming Games:
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HIBBERT
    WEST
    GEORGE
    STEPHENSON
    HILL
    Projected Starting Lineup:
    VALANCIUNAS
    JOHNSON
    GAY
    DEROZAN
    LOWRY



    PACERS
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    RAPTORS
    Linas Kleiza - sore left knee (day-to-day)


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    Hoop Chalk:
    Jacob Frankel: How Has Indiana Crafted The Best Defense In The League?

    The Indiana Pacers are viewed by many as the only team that has a something close to a
    chance against Miami in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, and it all starts with their rock
    solid defense. Indiana’s is the number one unit in the NBA on a point per possession basis,
    per NBA.com, ranking significantly better (2.1 points per 100 possessions) than Memphis,
    the second best team. The Pacers allow the lowest at the rim shooting percentage in the
    league and the second fewest corner three attempts. Their style and defensive swagger
    is a throwback to teams of the late-90s, while the schemes are cutting edge.

    It all starts with personnel. Indiana’s starting lineup has played the most minutes of any
    five-man unit in the league and posted an incredible defensive efficiency of 94.4. As a
    reference point, the best team defensive rating posted in a season since the dawn of the
    three point era is 94.1 by the 2003-04 Spurs. Outside of Lance Stephenson, every player
    in the starting lineup is a plus player, and even Stephenson–prone to savvy off ball cuts
    –can recover with his athleticism. While the bench doesn’t feature as adept defenders on
    the perimeter, backup center Ian Mahinmi has been a mistake-nullifying rock along the
    back line.

    Some of the time, Indiana can get stops with their personnel alone. Here’s an example
    of stelar individual defense from Paul George.



    What’s the one sure fire way to stop a player from scoring on you? Well, don’t let them
    get the ball. That’s the most basic form of defense–ball denial.

    In one of its most important forms, teams deny the ball from getting to the pick and roll
    roll man. Called stunting, a defender on the wing or in the corner crashes down onto the
    dive man while this man’s defender is denying penetration from the ball handler. This is
    often poorly executed–if done too late, the roller gets the ball and finishes or passes to
    the open perimeter man. If done too early, the wing/corner man gets the ball straight
    from the pick and roll ball handler and has an open three. While the corner man gets the
    ball in the situation in the above video, Gerald Green times it perfectly so that he can
    both deny the entry pass to the roller and recover quickly to contest the perimeter shot
    by the outlet man.



    Another form of ball denial is fronting the post. The defender positions himself in front of
    the player he’s guarding rather than behind, in an effort to stop an entry pass from
    happening at all. If the man entering the ball to the post tries to lob it over the fronting
    defender, he has to deal with the seven-plus foot Roy Hibbert hanging around the basket.
    (Side note: the Pacers’ offense struggles with fronting defenses. Miami essentially
    nullified...CONTINUE READING AT HOOP CHALK


    Raptors Republic:
    Gameday: Pacers @ Raptors, March 1

    After losing two games with the mercurial Raptors clinging onto their faint playoff
    hopes, this game is as big as any this year.

    Indiana comes into town on the second half of a back-to-back after a tough loss to the
    Clippers. Apart from that loss, they have been playing quite well, with their only recent
    blemish being a loss to our very own squad at the ACC earlier in February, where Rudy
    Gay hit the game winner as the newly anointed Saviour. Remember those days?

    Roy Hibbert will be back, chomping at the bit after serving a suspension. Danny
    Granger is also back after a long layoff from a knee injury and is rounding back into
    form, albeit off the bench. He played about 19 minutes last night, and he may not play
    much more tonight if the Pacers are trying to be careful with him.

    Tale of the Tape

    Offensive Rating: Toronto 106.1 (12th), Pacers 103.4 (21st)
    Defensive Rating: Toronto 107.7 (24th), Pacers 98.9 (1st)
    Pace: Toronto 89.9 (25th), Cavaliers 89.9 (26th)
    Strength: Toronto ball control (3rd), Pacers (5th in Offensive rebounding)
    Weakness: Toronto Freebies (30th in Opp FTA/FGA), Pacers ball control (26th)

    Positional Breakdown

    Point Guard - Advantage: Raptors
    Again, Lowry is the better PG as he is on many nights, but will he take advantage of it?
    Hill is good defensively, but if Lowry can play the way he can it will change the entire
    complexion of this game. Hill can struggle with good defensive pressure, Chris Paul
    locked him up last night and Kyle held him to a 9 pt/5 ast performance in their last
    meeting.

    Shooting Guard - Advantage: Raptors
    Stephenson is one tough, mean player. The kind of guy the Raptors need, but at this
    point in his career he’s still not accomplished offensively. If DeMar can take away his
    shot, his FT totals suggest that he can’t finish at the rim, although he does have enough
    court vision to make the right pass. He will give DeMar a hard time on the defensive
    side of the ball, so it remains to be seen if DD can build on his very efficient
    performance last game (34 points off 19 shots)

    Small forward - Advantage: Pacers
    Paul George, so hot right now. It’s been a breakout season for the former 10th overall
    pick, but if there is a guy out there who has the ability to contain him, Gay would be it.
    George isn’t much of a slasher, he prefers to use his length to shoot, or drive and pull
    up, to shoot. If Gay isn’t required to help too much, he should be able to contest these
    attempts. Offensively for Gay, there were nice flashes of court awareness last game.
    Even if it didn’t translate...CONTINUE READING AT RAPTORS REPUBLIC



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    Default Re: 3/1/2013 Game Thread #59: Pacers Vs. Raptors

    Raptors republic guy "Pacers take this one on the strength of their bench..."

    Uhhhhhhh

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    Raptors republic guy "Pacers take this one on the strength of their bench..."

    Uhhhhhhh
    Wayy to do your homework dude...

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    Knicks are going to probably beat the Wizards tonight. Need to win this game.
    "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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    Knicks are going to probably beat the Wizards tonight. Need to win this game.
    need to win this game regardless of what knicks do.

    go pacers.

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    The Raptors offensive is heavily reliant on Lowry, DeRozan and Gay. I think that 3/4 of their Offensive Attempts come from those 3.

    GH, PG, Lance, Granger and DJ will have their hands full this game. I hope that Young gets some burn tonight as well.
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    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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    Fitting the Pacers start with a turnover.
    "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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    Christ, George Hill, any time you wanna show up tonight...

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    PG24 should take that to the rim every time on fast breaks...

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    GAWGE

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    Atta boy, Roy! God, Pacers missed that last night!

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    Wtf George.

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    I feel like now we are passing too much. West and Paul passed up like 3 good looks.

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    Pukeworthy offense tonight.

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    Pukeworthy offense tonight.
    In terms of missing shots, but solid ball movement is never "pukeworthy".

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    In terms of missing shots, but solid ball movement is never "pukeworthy".
    If watching a team afraid to go to the rim is your thing, okay...

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    If watching a team afraid to go to the rim is your thing, okay...
    Nearly every shot was an open look. Obviously, when you can't hit an outside shot, you need to attack the rim. But to call getting open looks as "pukeworthy" offense, is wrong.

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    These refs are as bad as last night.
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    Frank Vogel says "Killer instinct, start strong, build a lead and then step on their throats."

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    Jump shots for everyone!

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    Default Re: 3/1/2013 Game Thread #59: Pacers Vs. Raptors

    so far so bad.

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    not enough sense of urgency to start this game. Cannot lose the season series 3-1 to a bad Toronto team
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    This is the definition of soft basketball offensively. Settling for long *** jumpers, not even pretending to go to the rim.

    Ugh.

    Lance picks up 2 really cheap fouls IMO.

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    Man....I could watch that Hardee's commercial all day long....
    Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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    2 quick fouls for Hibby

    It would help if we were to hit some of our 3s tonight.
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    interesting stat on the pacers last 4 March's being around .500 ... in 2 of those seasons .500 was an improvement.
    "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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