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    MAKE THE GREEN
    BLACK AND BLUE


    -VS-



    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
    Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    Officials: B. Spooner, M. Kogut, S. Wright

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    Ian Mahinmi - bruised left rib (out)
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    Avery Bradley - sore right ankle (out)
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    Over the course of 68 years of professional basketball, the
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    Ryan McDonough took over the Suns in May 2013. Phoenix had come off of its worst
    season in ages and figured to be one of the leading contenders for the No. 1 pick in
    the 2014 NBA Draft.

    To that effect, McDonough's moves seemed focused on the future. He traded veteran
    defender Jared Dudley for the younger Eric Bledsoe. He shipped out aging Luis Scola
    for a first-round pick, Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green, then considered to be on an
    unfortunate contract. He drafted project big man Alex Len, waived Michael Beasley,
    freed Caron Butler and -- just days before the season began -- traded starting center
    Marcin Gortat for Emeka Okafor (out for the season and on an expiring contract) and

    McDonough, in conjunction with ownership and the broader front office, also decided
    to hire a rookie head coach, Jeff Hornacek. That may have been the most important
    move of all.

    Because Hornacek had no designs on losing as many games as possible in order to
    pick Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. And not only that, he's a really good coach. He's
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    might be the best reserve in the land. Goran Dragic was very nearly an All-Star in the
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    from Day 1. Channing Frye stepped right back in to where he'd been before sitting out
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    -or-bust Pacers, the star-reaching Clippers and the playoff-starved Wizards.) Further,
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    Admitted To Tanking Before The Season Began?. (The teams of the other suspects all
    stink, by the way.)

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    it's insulting to suggest he can't pick good players outside the top five, that he needs
    to lose big to add impact contributors...CONTINUE READING AT SBNATION


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    Default Re: 3/11/2014 Game Thread #64: Pacers Vs. Celtics

    Excited to see what Bynum gives us tonight


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    Hopefully, Bynum can give this team a spark and some life, since they've been sleep walking since the all-star break.

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    Candace Buckner@CandaceDBuckner 10m
    "We alright," Stephenson said. "We together as a team. We talked it out. We watched film. We’re just going to get better."

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    Was about to post that. That's it then. I have no concerns anymore.
    You **** up once, you lose two teeth

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    It will be impossible for Denari to contain his woody tonight when he lusts over the Brad Stevens return to Indy

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    It will be impossible for Denari to contain his woody tonight when he lusts over the Brad Stevens return to Indy
    He's still at a quarter-chub from the game against Boston a week or so ago.

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    Default Re: 3/11/2014 Game Thread #64: Pacers Vs. Celtics

    Apparently the team ate popcorn before the game


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    We shouldn't lose this rebound.
    Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
    Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.

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    We shouldn't lose this rebound.
    So far more of the same. Teams shooting warm up jumpers.
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    If the Pacers lose this one- it's time to panic.
    "We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.

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    Hill should have used the backboard there.

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    Rondo is fun to watch, I'll give him that.

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    Rondo creates so much offense....jealous

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    Feels like it's going to be another one of those nights…can't remember the last time we had a significant lead in a game.

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    Rondo creates so much offense....jealous
    For me, the PG that will guide us to the championship next year...
    This year...we will be Champions too

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    Nice pass, PG.
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    Flop.

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    FLOP CITY ***** FLOP FLOP CITY *****
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    That call was trash.

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    Well, finally, here he is.

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    I don't know if it's just me, but I swear the NBA has called more offensive fouls on illegal screens this season than in the past.

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    Bynum
    Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
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    West is PISSED. Damn!

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    Refs are poor so far.
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