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    Default 2/10/2014 Game Thread #51: Pacers Vs. Nuggets

    GIVE DENVER A KICK
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    Season Records: (W-L)
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    Home: 24-2
    West: 13-5
    24-25
    Away: 10-14
    East: 11-9
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HIBBERT
    ELBOW MURDER
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    Projected Starting Lineup:
    HICKSON
    FARIED
    CHANDLER
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    PACERS
    Andrew Bynum - cleveland cavalier'd (out)


    NUGGETS
    Danilo Gallinari - left knee ACL tear (out)
    Ty Lawson - left rib fracture (out)
    Javale McGee - left tibia stress fracture (out)
    Nate Robinson - left ACL tear (out)


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    The Pacers and Nuggets have each been around for
    47 seasons (9 in the ABA, 38 in the NBA). They have
    faced each other 170 times and are tied head-to-head
    85-85. What is the difference in points scored?

    A. Pacers +247
    B. Nuggets +247
    C. Pacers +472
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    David Walker: Shaw vs Karl, Faried’s struggle...Denver’s DOA season

    Shaw vs. Karl

    It’s no secret that there’s been an internal struggle between Brain Shaw’s Nuggets and
    the ghosts George Karl’s. Despite being fifty games into his era, and equipped with a
    (slightly) different roster, Shaw has found himself battling not only with his own
    inexperience, but the shadow of the coach he replaced. Karl’s basketball sensibilities
    still seem imbued in this team, and his championing of shots at the rim above all else
    has Shaw frustrated with what, to him, appears to be his team passing up easier shots
    in favor of driving at the rim. Here’s exactly what Shaw said after Wednesday’s game
    vs Milwaukee (taken from audio on 102.3 ESPN Radio):

    I’m still on our guys about, if you’re open and you have space, shoot the
    ball. And I’ve never been around a group of guys that, a coach has had
    to encourage guys to shoot the ball when they’re open. A big part of it
    is, when talking with the guys last year, with George Karl everything
    was to the rim, to the rim, to the rim. And I think that, you know,
    sometimes you can do that but when your have a rim- protector like
    Larry Sanders, unless you going to take it all the way to his chest, its
    gonna be hard to finish over him inside…that’s why you have to take
    the open shots when you have it. You always think you can get
    something better but the best shot is the one where you have enough
    space to shoot it within the rhythm of the offense.”

    And here’s Karl’s response on ESPN 102.3:

    There’s no question there’s a philosophical difference in what he was
    saying and what I believe in. But I’ll be honest with you, I can’t stand
    the shot selection the Denver Nuggets have now. They take more bad
    shots and tough twos than any team in the NBA. Tough twos go in 40
    percent of the time, I don’t care if you’re open or not and its been that
    same percentage for ten years… In general I don’t mind jump shots,
    but they have to be incorporated in the philosophy of what we’re
    trying to do. And if the team is going to take away the rim, and going
    to give us wide-open jump shots we’re going to take them. Now I
    prefer that jump shot to be a three-pointer, but its a basic philosophy,
    its a simple philosophy and its based upon the wide open 18-foot jump
    shot is not a good shot in the NBA game today.”

    Its easy to agree with Karl on the surface, not only was the offense more efficient
    under his reign last season, his is the strategy that makes sense. Shots at the rim
    are good, mid-range jumpers, generally, are bad. But Shaw’s offense, and even his
    comments last week, are hardly Doug Collins-ian. Karl’s claim that Denver takes
    more tough two’s than any team in the league is a) a made up stat and b) seems
    a bit misguided as the Nuggets attempt the sixth lowest number of mid- range
    jumpers in the league. Furthermore, while not being anywhere close to the number
    of shots at the rim Denver attempted under Karl last year, the Nuggets rank sixth
    in the league in number of attempts in the restricted area per game. Karl’s “rim-
    obsession” was a product of his dribble-drive system, which essentially entailed of
    a series of progressively sharp off-ball cuts to the basket that attempted to
    manufacture spacing with movement in the absence of three-point shooting. Shaw’s
    offense revolves much more around the high pick-and-roll, and by product of the
    type of bigs who set the screens and the ball handlers who run the pick, most of
    these plays end with a shot at the rim. Where Shaw’s issue comes in is the
    hesitancy Denver seems to have in the first few heartbeats of either catching the
    ball or getting open off the screen.

    Lawson needs to take this open three but instead he turns it into a pump-fake that
    leads him nowhere. This is an issue that afflicts Lawson more than any other
    Nuggets player, but it’s one that still pervades the entire roster. It will be
    interesting seeing how Shaw runs his offense with a roster more inclined to run
    pick-and-pops but for now his gripe with the perpetuating rim-runs is a valid one.

    Faried on an island

    Statistically, Faried’s having as solidly efficient a season as he had last year and yet
    his minutes have fallen and his role in the offense has been somewhat neutered.
    The overly large big man rotation is somewhat to blame but so too is an absence of
    a precise use for a player like Faried, which is magnified even more by the fact that
    the majority of his minutes are soaked up playing alongside Hickson. Shaw’s offense
    is predicated on the high screen and roll, and while one big is setting the screen the
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    Got to bounce back. Last night was last night. Let's get a new streak heading into the break.
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    Default Re: 2/10/2014 Game Thread #51: Pacers Vs. Nuggets

    Seriously, a turnover on the first possession? Come on, guys.

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    Default Re: 2/10/2014 Game Thread #51: Pacers Vs. Nuggets

    We better dominate them inside. 6'9 JJ Hickson guarding Roy Hibbert? Good luck...

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    Bizarre start.
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    Default Re: 2/10/2014 Game Thread #51: Pacers Vs. Nuggets

    Oh holy crap Roy..
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    I kinda feel bad for Brian Shaw. This Nuggets team on the court is...bad.

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    Something I wish they would change is how they call the no charge zone. Instead of being an automatic blocking foul, it should just be a no call unless it would have actually been a blocking foul everywhere else on the court.

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    Hibbert PLEASE play like a real center

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    Hibbert PLEASE play like a real center
    He can't he is not even a real basketball player.. Can't wait till Bynum is healthy

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    He can't he is not even a real basketball player.. Can't wait till Bynum is healthy
    Can't catch a pass can't dunk a ball not a good rebounder .. The least talented all- star off all time

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    Default Re: 2/10/2014 Game Thread #51: Pacers Vs. Nuggets

    D west is balling

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    Mahinmi's inability to rotate on time is exactly why an out-of-shape Bynum could probably outplay him even 2 weeks from now.

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    Default Re: 2/10/2014 Game Thread #51: Pacers Vs. Nuggets

    Nice pass by Mozgov. Wasn't expecting that.
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    Aggressive George Hill makes me happy inside.
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    I *love* that Hill is consistently hitting that leaning/hanging jump shot or tear drop now. That's his game!

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    Good things happen when Hill gets into the paint.
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    Pacers are moving the ball great

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    That rebound and pass from Mahinmi were really nice. David West is just a ****ing horse out there.

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    God West has looked awesome lately. He has been the best player on the team over the last couple of weeks. His jumpers are just beautiful right now.

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    David is really having his way inside tonight.

    Good job by Ian to grab the offensive board and pass it to David.
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    Domination down low as expected and as it should be.
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    Nice pass by Mozgov. Wasn't expecting that.
    Mozgov is a fundamentally sound player. He can pass the ball.
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