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    Default 3/7/2014 Game Thread #62: Pacers Vs. Rockets

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    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is built on a foundation of forward thinking.
    The sports world converges on Boston for a weekend every winter with one all-
    encompassing goal in mind: To broaden understanding of the games we love through
    avenues previously unexplored.

    The intentions of “In-Game Innovations: Genius or Gimmick?” – a panel comprised of
    George Karl, Daryl Morey, Bill James, Nate Silver – were undoubtedly to further such
    discovery; progress is bred by new curiosities. Mere minutes into the hour-long
    discussion led by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, though, it became evident the speakers were
    focused on “innovations” that challenged the very definition of the word.

    Karl and Morey are two of basketball’s foremost pioneers of the analytical age. Their
    teams stress efficiency above all else, leading to an invariably large discrepancy
    between shot attempts that carry higher expected outcomes and those that hold lower
    ones. The thinking behind that strategy is unquestionably sound on the surface, and
    the public majority is finally trending toward similar awareness below it, too.

    But that shift still hasn’t shielded Karl and Morey from consistent criticism. The 2013
    Coach of the Year is out of a job, after all, and some league followers remain
    lukewarm on the surging Rockets despite league-best play since the calendar year.
    Why?

    The belief that in basketball, real innovation isn’t innovation as we know it.

    Coaches tend to want to control the action on the floor. All coaches
    overuse strategies which give them the illusion of control. Chaos is
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    it will lead to a breakdown and you can score. The instinct [for
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    But we’ve been slow to embrace the effects of overall offensive ‘chaos’ the way we
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    When I first came to the Rockets we started tracking the success of
    Jeff Van Gundy’s play-calls. Two-thirds of the way through [the season]
    we had enough data to say which play-calls are better than most? So
    we had HORNS, we had this, we had that, and then I said, ‘What’s this
    one at the top–the most efficient one?’ And [Van Gundy] said, ‘It’s
    called random. That’s when the play breaks down and we just set a
    random screen.’ That might tell us something.
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    I believe in this team's ability to bounce back. I don't think that they want us to have 3 losses in a row this season.
    Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
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    I believe in this team's ability to bounce back. I don't think that they want us to have 3 losses in a row this season.
    I am on the fence on this.

    Over the last 5 to 10 games....the overall defense has been "slightly above average" as opposed to the regular "Above Average".

    Where as the Rockets have been playing 8-2 ball ( with a 5 game winning streak at Home ).

    With their recent play as of late....which appears to best be described as "complacent" and "playing with any lack of effort" when it comes to executing what got us this far.....I am not confident about this Team's ability to do anything.
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    I am on the fence on this.

    Over the last 5 to 10 games....the overall defense has been "slightly above average" as opposed to the regular "Above Average".

    Where as the Rockets have been playing 8-2 ball ( with a 5 game winning streak at Home ).

    With their recent play as of late....which appears to best be described as "complacent" and "playing with any lack of effort" when it comes to executing what got us this far.....I am not confident about this Team's ability to do anything.
    I get what you mean. The Rockets are definitely playing a lot better than us at the moment. I just don't think that our players want to have a 3-game (or more) losing streak this season. That's all.
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    I realize its a recipe for getting burned, but I am almost to the point where I'd like to see our wings start going UNDER the screens. Good lord they can't get through a screen.


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    Big game, lets hope we get some good bench production from ET. Interested to see if we will see any Cope

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    In related news, tonight is also key to winning the first of two consecutive games in Texas.

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    Really like that we're establishing our bigs in the offense early on tonight. That's how it should be done.

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    I have to wonder, how long did Candace spend on deciding which grammar rules to break to fit the 140 character rule for twitter. It's never an easy decision, especially cutting down that many characters.

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    I fully expect a loss tonight. Houston is going to want revenge for embarrassing them last time and will blow us out if we give them the opportunity.

    Prove me wrong, Pacers.

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    Houston is playing some great basketball right now, where as the Pacers look like they barely belong in the playoffs.

    This is looking like our third straight loss.

    Maybe if the players start to care, play defense, run an offense, and so on, they can get a W. They haven't looked like they have cared for the better part of two months now, so I am not getting my hopes up.

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    I'm feeling good about our chances tonight with basically no reason why. Just got a feeling.

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    Will we see Roy step up or will he go back into his shell like a tortoise?
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    Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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    PG just straight up owns Harden.

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    Where is our offense? Oh where could it be..

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    feels like soon to be another double digit deficit
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    Why rush that?

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    Frank is losing control. Similar to Isaiah in 03
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    I'm going to take a break from watching tonight's game. They have gotten me too riled up lately. Need to take a step back.

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    I'm going to take a break from watching tonight's game. They have gotten me too riled up lately. Need to take a step back.
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    I'm going to take a break from watching tonight's game. They have gotten me too riled up lately. Need to take a step back.
    This was a lie. I'm going to watch. I am weak.

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    This game is a "must win". Cannot lose 3 in a row, and need to beat a marquee team
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