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    Default 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

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    The Dallas Mavericks have made a total of 135 draft selections
    during their 34 seasons of professional baskeball, but only 12
    first rounders since the end of the 1993-1994 season. In those
    20 years, how many of the selections made with the Mavericks'
    first round pick actually played a game for Dallas?

    A. 1
    B. 3
    C. 5
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    Hardwood Paroxysm:
    Derek James: The Eastern Conference’s House of Cards

    When I was a kid one of the things I would do for fun to kill time was to build card
    houses. It’s just one of those things that you pick up in a daycare center when you
    get sick of things like Legos and Lincoln Logs and such. Somehow I managed to
    come into contact with someone who had learned how to build card houses and
    actually get them to stay upright, which, if you’ve tried building a house of cards,
    is not always an easy thing to do. Even when you do managed to get the cards to
    stay up, you have to hope someone doesn’t walk by briskly or even so much as
    cough or sneeze otherwise all of your efforts will have been for naught. Still, there
    is a trick to it all: it helps if you curve the short ends of the cards and stack them
    in a triangle shape to get them to balance. Is it cheating? Maybe, but it’s still pretty
    difficult to build upon that anyway.

    Just like building a house of cards is far less sturdy than building a house of Legos
    or Lincoln Logs, it’s also not a great idea to take a house of cards approach to
    building an NBA team. In particular, the Pistons, Cavs and Bucks have all attempted
    this and have failed miserably so far. What they saw in their teams from the season
    before to think that constructing their teams this way was anything more than an
    ill-fated longshot at success is a bit of a head-scratcher. Now, this has cost the
    Pistons their coach, the Cavs their general manager and the Bucks their…I don’t
    know…they’re the Bucks, what did they have to lose?

    Joe Dumars signed Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith while bringing in Maurice
    Cheeks to put it altogether. The Pistons had been a middling team for many years
    and were looking to expedite their own developmental process. This is in spite of
    the fact that they already had Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the frontcourt,
    but Dumars swore up and down this would all be fine because they were smart
    basketball players who could overcome any potential spacing issues that would
    arise.

    On Sunday, the Pistons sat at 21-29 and just half a game out of a playoff spot, but
    21-29 is not what these moves were made for and Dumars acted to save some
    space. Ultimately, it would be Cheeks who would take the blame. The point has
    been belabored to death that it should be Dumars’ job on the line as-much-if-not-
    more than Cheeks since he built the team, but it should be noted that by keeping
    Dumars in office until and postponing the coaching search until that time as well
    means the team will have the opportunity to start fresh with a new general
    manager and coach. This is type of change that the Pistons organization has
    needed for a time as Dumars has burned through coach after coach while trying to
    make his rosters work together.

    Looking past this season’s disappointing team, the Pistons do have some hope.
    They do have Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe (As well as Monroe’s contract
    situation, but you could have worse problems) in the frontcourt and an above
    replacement level point guard with young guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and
    Kyle Singler off of the bench. Deciding if guys like Rodney Stuckey and Will
    Bynum are part of their future will be another topic to address, but at least this is
    far from a barren wasteland.

    What– why are you looking at me like that? I didn’t end that sentence with “barren
    wasteland” to segue into the Cavs on purpose, because they’re really not. Like the
    Pistons, they have their players, but the shaky foundation that ex-GM Chris Grant
    built the team upon was exactly the type of high-risk/high-reward gamble that
    winds up blowing up in a team’s face more often than not (See also: David Kahn
    signing Brandon Roy). Yet, if any team’s actions exemplified the house of cards
    approach it was the Cavs in that it could be pretty cool, but ultimately wind up
    blowing over at any given moment.

    It’s not that Grant’s plan was entirely unrealistic. Dion Waiters and Tristan
    Thompson had multiple NBA seasons under their belts, as well as star Kyrie Irving.
    In addition to these two, the team signed another ball-dominant guard in Jarrett
    Jack to go with Irving and Waiters, and consequently creating a redundancy at the
    position. Grant also brought in Bynum on a player friendly deal in the hopes that
    he would regain his all-star form and appear to be a bargain. Of course, there was
    the Anthony Bennett pick, another card that was unable to fall into place as the
    former UNLV forward has struggled with conditioning as a result of shoulder
    surgery, asthma and sleep apnea. Yet, that hasn’t happened. Waiters reportedly
    got kicked out of practice, Bynum was waived and Irving’s growth has stagnated
    because of a reported lack of effort. Not even the Luol Deng trade could
    resuscitate the Cavs’ playoff hopes and it was Grant who paid the price and is now
    out of the job.

    To build a winning team you do have to take some risks and gambles, but it
    appears that Grant misread where Waiters and Thompson were in their
    development and Bynum’s actual interest in playing basketball. Again, the Cavs
    have players and talent, but they didn’t have the patience to wait that out. Owner
    Dan Gilbert seemed to be hellbent on making the playoffs this season but every
    team develops at their own pace and this team just wasn’t their yet, so there is
    some blame to be shared there between himself and Grant. But give credit to the
    Cavs for recognizing that the way things were being done wasn’t working and
    changes had to be made. Cleveland did appoint an interim GM, but it will remain
    to be seen if he or another general manager would have interest in retaining Mike
    Brown to coach this young roster into the future.

    Our sad tour through the dregs of the Eastern Conference concludes with the Bucks.
    This summer the Bucks appeared to finally be entering rebuilding mode when they
    acquired....CONTINUE READING AT HARDWOOD PAROXYSM


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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    I think ATC wants Magic Mike Dunleavy back.

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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    Another classic Monta Ellis-Danny Granger showdown in Indianapolis!

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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    When we try to feed Roy it slows down our offense so much...

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    Stupid play there

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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    We've tried to post up every possession offense starting to look like last year... Let lance and Pg create...

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    Roy
    Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
    Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.

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    When we try to feed Roy it slows down our offense so much...
    It is because we try to force it, and everyone knows what we are doing. There is no flow. Instead they should try to make it happen within some kind of offensive flow.

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    Strong move, Lance

    Don't flex, though
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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    Lance...bleh.

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    It is because we try to force it, and everyone knows what we are doing. There is no flow. Instead they should try to make it happen within some kind of offensive flow.
    I agree ... Also he had trouble getting position

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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    I can tell already that this is going to be an interesting game.

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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    Refs getting control early.

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    Roy
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    Appeal to lady luck not to screw with George's shots. We need him out of his slump as quick as possible.

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    Refs getting control early.
    Yeah, at first I thought Vogel should have pulled Lance, but after Calderon also getting a T it is obviously just the refs not putting up with complaining. Which I like. Complaining to the refs is something the NBA has given token attention to, but hasn't really been serious about fixing. I think they need to be more strict about it.

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    I don't mean to be a negative nancy, but I am beginning to sour on Lance a little bit.

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    Nice passing here.

    Good job at pushing the tempo, Lance.
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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    Bad sequence the last one and caused us 5 points right away.

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    Yeah, at first I thought Vogel should have pulled Lance, but after Calderon also getting a T it is obviously just the refs not putting up with complaining. Which I like. Complaining to the refs is something the NBA has given token attention to, but hasn't really been serious about fixing. I think they need to be more strict about it.
    A few years ago they tried to put a stop to it and tossed a few superstars in the pre-season. I seem to remember KG getting one. As soon as the games counted though it was same old same old.

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    I don't mean to be a negative nancy, but I am beginning to sour on Lance a little bit.
    What's with the galloping up the court every time he has it? I bet you could do an awesome mix tape video for Lance to Gangnam Style just showing his gallop off.
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    What's with the galloping up the court every time he has it? I bet you could do an awesome mix tape video for Lance to Gangnam Style just showing his gallop off.
    I like the galloping

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    I like the galloping
    Well I don't really mind it, I'm literally asking what's with it? Why does he do it? What is the purpose?

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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    sigh PG lol

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    Default Re: 2/12/2014 Game Thread #52: Pacers Vs. Mavericks

    Can we stop bringing one of our big guys up for a high screen to George. I mean if the purpose is for George to find a chance to penetrate, it doesn't work. I'd prefer him going one on one.

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