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1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

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  • 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic



    Game Time Start: 6:00 PM ET
    Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
    Officials: M. McCutchen, B. Forte, K. Lane

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Orlando Notes
    Television: FOX Sports Indiana / FOX Sports Florida
    Radio: WFNI 1070 AM, 107.5 FM / WDBO 96.5 FM
    NBA Feeds:

    REMINDER: Per PD policy, please do not share a link to, describe how to search for, request a link to, or request a PM about streaming video of a NBA game that is not coming directly through the NBA. Not even in a "wink-wink, nudge-nudge, know-what-I-mean" round-about sort of way. Thank you

    Away: 7-19
    East: 9-15
    Home: 5-14
    East: 10-20
    Jan 27
    Jan 29
    Jan 31
    Feb 02

    Paul George - Fractured Right Tibia/Fibula (out)
    CJ Miles – Left Groin Strain (day-to-day)

    None to report

    Jesus Gomez: The Magic are winning by pushing the pace

    The Magic might have stumbled into an identity as a running team thanks to the play
    of Elfrid Payton.

    The Orlando Magic are a bad team this season. They rank 12th in the Eastern Conference
    with a 15-27 record and are in the bottom third in the league in both offensive and
    defensive efficiency. Coach Jacque Vaughn's seat was getting warm after a six-game
    losing streak.

    Then this week they beat the Bulls and the Rockets on consecutive games and looked
    good in the process. What changed? According to the players: pace and Elfrid Payton's

    When asked about the key to the win, Victor Oladipo told the Orlando Sentinel that it was
    all about speed:

    "Pace. Changing the way we play. Realizing how we're effective and what we have to do
    in order to win. We've just got to continue to keep doing it," he said.

    "Sometimes you just figure things out, and we figured it out," Oladipo continued. "I
    credit the young fella. I don't know about anybody else. I credit Elfrid Payton. He sets
    the tone. When he pitches the ball, when he gets us going. It's him. He's out there
    pressuring the ball, pushing the ball. It just makes me want to do it even more."

    Grantland's Zach Lowe explored the Magic's transformation into a high-pace, spread pick
    and roll team recently, and the last two games showed exactly what he was talking
    about. After playing at one of the slowest paces in the league for most of the season, the
    Magic have averaged over 101 possessions per game over their past five contests, six up
    on their previous average and the second highest mark in the league during that span.
    In their two wins, they averaged 104 possessions a game. They eclipsed 120 points both

    Obviously a high pace doesn't always translate to high scoring. The top five teams in pace
    include the Warriors, who have the most potent attack in the league, and the 76ers, who
    are the least efficient scoring team in the NBA. Whether it works for a particular squad
    has everything to do with talent and fit. The Magic have two quick guards in Payton and
    Oladipo, a slithery driver in Evan Fournier and have given minutes to another ball-handler
    in second-rounder Devyn Marble. That gives Orlando four palyers who can receive an
    outlet pass and push the pace.

    One of the biggest beneficiaries of the decision to run more is Channing Frye. As Lowe
    pointed out, Frye hasn't been getting as many open looks in Orlando simply because
    defenders don't have to respect Payton and Oladipo from the perimeter. But by pushing
    the ball up court, the Magic can find quick opportunities for Frye to take advantage of a
    defense that is not set already, like in this situation against the Rockets:

    Frye runs the floor well and stations himself in the corner. Donatas Motiejunas is still in
    the paint, as the Rockets haven't completed their defensive transition yet. A quick
    screen gets Frye open and he connects.

    There's a reason everyone mentions Payton when talking about the change going on in
    Orlando. Payton is better suited to play at a fast pace than in the half court at this point.
    He can get the team into its sets, but his inability to shoot kills their spacing and makes
    his drives predictable, resulting in a lot of his attempts being blocked.

    To compensate, he's been pushing the ball and the results have been good both for him
    individually and the team. He's smart about what to do on the break even without the
    ball, as that quick screen to Frye (above) shows. When he's leading the attack, catching
    the defense off guard in the secondary break makes finishing much easier for him, as we
    see in this play against the Trail Blazers:

    Payton's field goal percentage in transition is 54.4 percent, according to Synergy Sports
    Technology. That's nothing special for transition opportunities, but it's much better than
    the dreadful 37.1 percent he shoots in half court sets.

    Equally important...CONTINUE READING AT SBNATION

    Candace Buckner @CandaceDBuckner
    Jared Wade @8pts9secs
    Tim Donahue @TimDonahue8p9s
    Tom Lewis @indycornrows
    Ian Levy @HickoryHigh
    Whitney @its_whitney

    Brian K. Schmitz @MagicInsider
    Joshua Robbins @joshuabrobbins
    Eddie Rivera @erivera7
    Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
    Andrew Melnick @Andrew_Melnick
    Adam Papageorgiou @adamosgp

    This is the darkest timeline.

  • #2
    Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

    Key game for draft position here.

    I am rooting for the Pacers by hoping the Magic get more points than us tonight.


    • #3
      Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

      Guessing 50/50 George Hill plays tonight.


      • #4
        Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

        A loss tonight = top 5 draft position at the moment.


        • #5
          Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

          Can't really complain about anyone tonight. Everyone getting involved so far.


          • #6
            Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

            We are officially the least athletic team in the league. It seems as if every night we face a team with better athletes.


            • #7
              Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

              This team would be .500 or better if Hill was healthy all year.


              • #8
                Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                Hill would be having his best year in the NBA had he stayed healthy. Hopefully he will be healthy over these last 30 games
                1 - 2, Tinsley's coming for you.
                3 - 4, You're not a team no more.
                5 - 6, He's gonna plead the 5th.
                7 - 8, He's gonna stay out late.


                • #9
                  Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                  Harris knew Luis was on him and just raised over him and drained that three.


                  • #10
                    Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                    I can't figure Scola out from he FT line this year. Some games he's great, others he can't make a thing.


                    • #11
                      Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                      Not down by that much at the end of the 1st. Nice change.


                      • #12
                        Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                        This might belong in another thread, but for those who are thinking about starting Mahinmi and cutting ties with Hibbert, Ian does pick up fouls at a very high rate.


                        • #13
                          Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                          Stuckey balling today!


                          • #14
                            Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                            Luis plays point guard about as well as he does power forward.


                            • #15
                              Re: 1/25/15 Game Thread #46: Pacers vs. Magic

                              Solomon Hill just sucks i really tired of him.