Granted this is a 20ish win Magic team, but it's going to be a year where many times we'll be able to coast for 3 quarters and then just out talent people late in games. That is a good feeling.
"I had to take her down like Chris Brown."
CJ Watson is a massive upgrade on Augustin by just watching him on defense. He may be beaten by his player but he won't get burnt. He is far from a black hole DJ was. He will jam his opponent for starters. Shooting wise he didn't have the greatest of his nights but it's OK. It's not like we are solely dependent on him for that.
Scola scored all of his points I think with that mid range shot. That's cool and a nice weapon for a big guy to have but I would love if the coaching staff designed some plays for him close to the basket and with his back to it. Scola's got good moves and even though he's kinda old now, he could still score some there. Especially against second string bigs.
I would hardly say George Hill was fantastic. Only 1 TO but zero assists in 29 minutes for our starting point guard ???
Apologize if this has been posted somewhere.
No 'no more layups'
There’s a framed photo inside Frank
Vogel’s office. In it, former Pacer Jeff Foster — “one of the original smash-mouth founders,” Vogel says with reverence — is defending the paint by corralling an opponent around the neck. Essentially, Foster threw a horse collar, a move that would be cost him a 15-yard penalty in the NFL. But it was this mindset that Vogel had instilled in his team since he took over as head coach.
This season, however, the Pacers have evolved.
“It’s funny, we’ve actually shifted our whole philosophy. We’re not a ‘no layups’ team anymore. We’re an NBA math team and we believe in keeping teams off the free throw line and playing with our length.”
Through the opening quarter against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, the Pacers blocked three shots and stung their overmatched opponent to 37.5 percent shooting. And the Pacers did this without hacking or horse-collaring — the Magic did not attempt a two-shot foul until the 10:42 mark of the second quarter.
“Doing it without fouling is important as anything we do now,” Vogel said. “We’re trying to be efficient defensively.”
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http://www.nba.com/games/20131029/OR...fo.html?ls=sltTURNING POINT: George ended the third quarter with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Pacers some breathing room with a 69-64 lead and the reserves took it from there, as Luis Scola, Orlando Johnson andIan Mahinmi combined for the next 11 points in a 15-1 run that pushed Indiana's lead to 80-65 with 8:42 remaining.
Man I can get use to our bench leading a run away victory.
Eh. He was moving the ball, but we've got Paul George actually initiating a lot of the sets.
With Paul and Lance on the wings, and with great-passing bigs like Roy and West, I expect George Hill to have low assist numbers. All 5 guys in the starting unit are passers.
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But saying all Oladipo did was lead his team to a Sweet 16 is a gross oversimplification of Oladipo and missing the point of why IU fans will always have a special place in their heart for his game. That's like saying Reggie only ever led the Pacers to one Finals appearance, in a comparison Pacers fans might understand. What he did transcended the ultimate accomplishments his team had to show for it. He played balls-out every night, when other talented players were far less consistent in terms of results and effort on the season, and took IU from basketball hell to basketball contender in 3 years, having had to play through some of the worst of it.
Until tonight I though Oladipo was some sort of fancy Mexican dessert.
edit: last night for ye sleeping peasants.
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We're still talking about Oladipo? Honestly, is anyone even the least bit surprised that he would get an ovation like that?
Yeah, but the magnitude of Peyt's local impact was also about 9.3 billion times bigger.
The ovation was fine and I would have given him one, but I just don't care for cheering after he makes a basket. Then again, I bet some people there were IU students who drove up to see him play, people who really don't care that much for the Pacers.
Low assists from Hill and high assists from Paul and Lance tell me that we are starting to turn our offense into something very special.
"I like our group of people," Ainge told USA Today. "I'm trying to teach them about basketball, and they're trying to teach me about analytics."
"And Tottenham do not know what hit them...well I can tell you, it's Theo Walcott!"
"And it's Tony Adams put through by Steve Bould, WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?! That...sums it all up."