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    Default 2/25/2014 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Lakers

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    345 basketball players from California and 113 from Indiana
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    players from both states ended up on rosters for the Pacers?

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    Tom Ziller: Has Sam Hinkie made the Sixers too awful?

    Philadelphia lost by 20 to the Bucks on Monday.
    Is it possible that Sam Hinkie has stripped the team too bare?


    As the Philadelphia 76ers were getting completely blown out by the 10-win
    Milwaukee Bucks at home on Monday night, SB Nation's own Conrad Kaczmarek
    raised an interesting question.

    Controversial sports take: has Hinkie made the Sixers tank *too* much?
    Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) February 25, 2014


    In watching the Sixers fall behind by 30 -- they'd eventually lose by 20 to the
    worst team in the NBA -- I considered the idea that an NBA team trying to be bad
    on purpose could end up so bad it actually hurts the cause. Can you tank too well
    for your own good?

    There are a couple ways to look at this.

    The tanking is so blatant as to invite league intervention

    The Sixers roster is, at this point, Thaddeus Young, Michael Carter-Williams, the
    inactive Nerlens Noel and a dozen fringe NBA players. Henry Sims, Elliot Williams
    and Hollis Thompson are the Sixers' top bench weapons. This team is constructed
    so unlike any other NBA team that it wouldn't be a total shock if Philadelphia,
    defeated in 11 straight, ended the season on a 36-game losing streak. What team
    could this squad legitimately challenge barring injuries or a bucketful of fluke
    performances? The 2012 Bobcats -- the worst team by winning percentage in NBA
    history -- could probably handle these Sixers.

    However, there's no way that Adam Silver and the owners will intervene ahead of
    the 2014 NBA Draft. So long as the Sixers actually field a team of players with a
    pulse for the rest of the season and don't conspire with players or the coach to
    lose on purpose, no punishment will be forthcoming. In fact, even if the league
    did punish the Sixers for malfeasance, it wouldn't likely cost them a top-5 pick.
    (They are basically guaranteed a top-5 pick at this point. If they somehow finish
    with a better record than the Bucks, they can pick no lower than No. 5.) The
    worst thing the league could do would be to damage Philadelphia's odds of picking
    No. 1 overall, and that'd be such a major penalty that it's basically inconceivable
    so long as the Sixers lose by the book and not by outright, game-to-game tanking.

    But Sam Hinkie's not finished with his rebuild in June 2014. Most figure he's
    expecting another high pick in 2015. The Sixers' exploits this season just might
    get enough attention that the NBA Board of Governors decides to change up the
    draft order process for 2015 and beyond this summer, which could impact
    Hinkie's overall strategy negatively. He'll still get a potential star in 2014, but
    perhaps that means he loses out in 2015.

    The losing remains poisonous years later

    This is The Tale of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as told by the bard Chris Grant. The
    Cavaliers aimed to be awful in 2011, 2012 and 2013. They ended up with two No.
    1s and two No. 4s for their trouble. In 2014, they decided they would be good.
    They are 13 games below .500 and five games out of the playoffs. The GM who
    orchestrated the rebuild, Grant, is gone, as is the coach who oversaw the first
    three years.

    The teardown went flawlessly. Hell, Grant tore down the Cavs much better than
    Hinkie has tore down the Sixers. Grant turned cap space and J.J. Hickson into
    Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng. Hinkie turned a 23-year-old All-Star point guard (Jrue
    Holiday) into Nerlens Noel and a mid-lottery 2014 pick. For the rest of the roster,
    with the exception of Young, who is staying for now, Hinkie has piled up second-
    round picks and fringe prospects.

    Grant got the Cavaliers losing extremely effectively. That was never a problem.
    The trouble came when he tried to turn the losing off. Irving's growth as a leader
    certainly seems to have been stunted by the years of depressed expectations. The
    rest of the roster looks somewhere between miscast and overrated.

    What Sixers fans would say is that Brett Brown, Philly's coach, is more well-suited
    than Byron Scott and Mike Brown to handle this sort of situation, and that Hinkie
    is a better talent evaluator than Grant and won't make high-profile draft mistakes.
    To that, I'd respond: We'll see and we'll see. Hinkie's had one draft in the lead
    chair (a total success) and while the reviews on Brown are good early on, it's way
    too early to determine whether he'll be the right guy long-term.

    At least one of Philly's core players of the future, Carter-Williams, is already
    experiencing the poison of intentional putrefaction. Young might be sticking around
    too. Can they handle...CONTINUE READING AT SBNATION


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    Default Re: 2/25/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Lakers

    Any news on if Turner will play?
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    Default Re: 2/25/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Lakers

    I have heard Turner will play. I am looking forward to it.

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    I'm very excited to watch this game tonight. Anxious to see how Turner gels with the team and how he is used.

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    I am guessing this jacks the Pacers up. We win by 35 tonight IMO.

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    With how frustrated the old bench was making me, it has turned this lowly Laker game into my most anticipated game of the season outside of the opener and Miami games. As a team that has struggled mightily to put together a championship caliber bench to compliment the amazing starting 5. I am so excited to see if these moves have finally elevated our 2nd unit to a championship caliber level.

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    Default Re: 2/25/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Lakers

    wonder if Bynum will finally get any burn, probably not and just wishful thinking on my part.

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    The Lakers starting line is enough to make a grown man weep. The Pacers and Lakers have basically traded places in terms of talent over the past few years.

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    Any news on if Turner will play?
    From Scott Agness
    Turner will make his debut Tuesday night. Vogel plans to immediately give him Danny Granger’s minutes — 20 to 25 minutes as the backup wing.
    http://blogs.pacers.com/2014/02/24/p...nt-new-pieces/

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    The Lakers starting line is enough to make a grown man weep. The Pacers and Lakers have basically traded places in terms of talent over the past few years.
    I understand your point, but I disagree. I don't EVER remember the Pacers being this bad....

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    Should be fun watching Wesley Johnson try to guard David West.

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    I understand your point, but I disagree. I don't EVER remember the Pacers being this bad....
    A big part of that is probably because we've been in the East. The Lakers actually have a winning road record vs East teams this year.

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    This game should be postponed until P. is healed up. I'll probably be lurking in this thread throughout the game, sad over the lack of Swaggy.

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    I like Bazemore. He is a good slasher that plays with tons of energy. It will be fun seeing him go against PG.
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    Outside Gasol, that Lakers starting 5 is rough. Can't sleep on them, but should be an easy win.

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    FRIGGIN A! Stupid NBAtv Fan Game nights, screwing us NBALP users

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    turner already looks better now that he's got some pacers gear on

    funny how 75% of dwest interviews are conducted in the weight room.
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    WHY is this game on NBATV?!

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    Ok, let's do this. Love hearing the crowd sing Seven Nation Army.
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    Hill needs to be aggressive tonight. Marshall can't guard Yi Jianlian's chair.

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    Man, look at Wesley Johnson next to David West. We should go at him all night long.
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