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    Default 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    DESTROY THE DISNEYS



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    Game Time Start: 6:00 PM ET
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    Season Records: (W-L)
    39-10
    Away: 15-8
    East: 25-5
    15-37
    Home: 12-14
    East: 11-21
    Upcoming Games:
    Feb 10
    Feb 12
    Feb 18
    Feb 19
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HIBBERT
    ELBOW MURDER
    GEORGE
    STEPHENSON
    HILL
    Projected Starting Lineup:
    VUCEVIC
    DAVIS
    HARRIS
    AFFLALO
    NELSON



    PACERS
    Andrew Bynum - cleveland cavalier'd (out)
    Lance Stephenson Ė lower back (game-time decision)


    MAGIC
    None reported


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    During their 25 seasons in existence, the Orlando
    Magic have made 48 selections during the NBA
    draft (including three #1 overall picks). When
    choosing potential NBA talent, which institution(s)
    of higher learning have they favored the most?

    A. Georgia Tech
    B. Indiana University
    C. Louisiana State University
    D. University of Illinois
    E. University of Kentucky
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    The Classical:
    Patrick Redford: Talkin' About Praxis

    What Gramsci can tell us about the slippery, difficult business of building a team.

    We donít know this for sure, but Antonio Gramsci almost certainly never played
    basketball. The famed linguist and critical theorist was beset by spinal injuries as a
    child and lived his entire life with a severe hunchback. He was under five feet in
    height, and Italy didnít even adopt basketball until after World War I, by which time
    Gramsci was busy enough hanging out with Vladimir Lenin and developing the
    communist party in Italy that it seems unlikely he had time even for a game of
    three on three.

    This is not to say you canít balance hoops and political public-figurehood -- there is
    a sitting President proving this as we speak -- but there is no evidence Gramsci
    ever played sports. Still, Gramsci has more to say about basketball than we might
    expect, with one aspect of his analysis especially illuminating with regard to todayís
    NBA. We talkiní, of course, about praxis.

    ***

    Praxis is its own sort of meta-theory, an assessment of the process through which
    theory moves off the page and into meatspace. Gramsciís philosophy on the subject
    concentrated on political hegemony and struggle, and upon the particular
    juxtaposition of historical events within their epistemological contexts. Praxis, for
    Gramsci, was an unfogging and classification of the schemas, narratives, and
    theories of history that affected everyday political life. Itís sprawling and contingent,
    but less abstract than it seems.

    Running an NBA team, for instance, is a constant attempt to reverse-engineer this
    process. A front office builds a tenuous architecture of facts -- what players do, how
    they do it, who they are -- and try to derive a unified theory of why certain players
    succeed while others plateau or fizzle. There is a lot of money to be made, for
    teams and the people that build them, in being able to ascertain if a prospect is
    more Kwame Brown or Roy Hibbert. NBA teams are built with a plan, not along an
    explicit template, and the whole process is dynamic, and dependent on effective
    opportunism.

    After the Lakersí first three-peat, the common refrain was that a championship team
    needed a perimeter scorer, preferably anchored to a big-butted post player. San
    Antonio reigned supreme for a while; that time, it was because they had three stars,
    that was how it was done. The prototype has done nothing but change since. With
    each successive champion doing it differently, each theory of how winners are built
    erodes a little more.

    Detroit and Dallasí championship squads were both ersatz, one immobile and strong
    and the other built on florid offensive virtuosity layered over a stout interior
    backbone. Designing a winning team isnít math or science or art or Magic: The
    Gathering; neither is it a matter of grabbing X amount of star players and then
    smashing them into your opponentsí like action figures. Praxis shows us that itís all
    of this and more. There are the tougher to calculate variables of chemistry and luck
    and health. The entire process is messy and alchemical.

    In the 2013-14 season, weíve seen the complexity of this play out less on winning
    teams and more on those presumed to be tanking the season. This practice isnít as
    radically simple as, say, Robert Sarver pencilling in his Suns for 11 wins and
    scurrying off to look at $150,000 refrigerators. It happens on two different time
    scales, and at distinct echelons of an organization.

    Initially, the teamís management makes a conscious decision to get young,
    swapping valuable and well-compensated veterans for picks and rough-edged
    youngsters, or simply not trying to sign any good players. This is actively working
    to make the team worse, but itís removed a layer from losing basketball games. If
    all this putting together of parts is done with an eye towards the future, those parts
    are still competitive elite athletes in the present; as such, they arenít simply going
    to roll over and play dead. Late in the season, when final standings are nearly
    cemented, teams will actively sit their best players and make Aaron Gray shoot
    three-pointers, but that all comes later, above the groundwork laid in the seasonís
    first four months.

    Phoenix and Philadelphia both came into this year clearly intending to bottom out,
    in hopes of building a new team around one of the prospective stars available in the
    2014 draft. Instead, both teams have been far more competitive than their apparent
    (and intentional) architectural flaws...CONTINUE READING AT THE CLASSICAL


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    Whitney @its_whitney

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    Joshua Robbins @joshuabrobbins
    Eddie Rivera @erivera7
    Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
    Andrew Melnick @Andrew_Melnick
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    Default Re: 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    Uh oh...Paul is back in Florida, maybe this time he will stay away from the strip clubs and find his game tonight! Go Pacers!

    I see this as a win but this same team beat the Thunder Friday night so we will see


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    Let's keep rolling! Keys tonight : Paul finding his rhythm again and George playing aggressive like last game.

    Hope Lance reacts well to playing with his sore back.
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    Default Re: 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    Off to a smooth start.

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    Default Re: 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    I can't wait till Oladipo checks in, scores his first point, and someone on here makes the quip that he gets bigger cheers in Indianapolis than he does in his own building.

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    Nice start paul$


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    good to have Lance back tonite.

    Go Pacers!

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    Paul is locked in so far!
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    Good to see PG hitting some shots early.

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    Default Re: 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    Lance

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    Default Re: 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    D West has been absolute money lately

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    I sure would like to see Paul and Lance stop forcing jump shots when they're no good looks. Pass the ball, guys. We have other folks who can score too you know!

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    Stephenson for Oladipo: Would you do it in the offseason if it's clear Lance is going to be making some crazy amount of money? S&T. Not realistic, just a hypothetical.

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    That was nice.

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    Default Re: 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    HOLY MOTHER OF ****S PAUL GEORGE DID IT AGAIN POOR BIG BABY WIWAPKDGNMFPAEWIGPMW$P OFWPEIM@#$IT3wjrgiopwnga

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    Ooohhhh Paul!
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    Oh PG

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    Default Re: 2/9/2014 Game Thread #50: Pacers Vs. Magic

    PG24 Posterized Glen Davis AHAHAHAHAH

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    Stephenson for Oladipo: Would you do it in the offseason if it's clear Lance is going to be making some crazy amount of money? S&T. Not realistic, just a hypothetical.
    On the surface I say yes if we can't keep Lance but I hold out hope that we can bring back Lance and Danny at a decent price for both. Bynum too if he proves to be serviceable. I think winning a title would force Bird and company to consider going into the tax to keep this team as is.

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    Man PG looks so much better body language wise. SOOOOO Much.
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    George Hill already with 5 assists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdash View Post
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    Stephenson for Oladipo: Would you do it in the offseason if it's clear Lance is going to be making some crazy amount of money? S&T. Not realistic, just a hypothetical.
    If it is clear Lance isn't coming back, then Oladipo would be a nice consultation. So, yeah hypothetically I would


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    PG DIALED IN!!!


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    PG is going to score 30+ tonight.

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    Nice shot, PG.
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