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  • Game #42 Pacers vs Knicks

    On to the second half of the season. Play decent defense and the Pacers win even without Myles. Hopefully he gets back to full strength soon
    {o,o}
    |)__)
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  • #2
    I hate to be pessimistic but this is another loss. Until we get a few days of rest and/or practice I think our defense will suck. I see the Knicks scoring 120+ and winning by 5-12 points.

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    • #3
      This is the end of the longest road trip of the season for the P's..... definitely winnable, and thankfully it's over.

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      • #4
        Win this game, it's a 3-2 5 game road trip and that's all that matters by the end of the season.
        Last edited by Trader Joe; 01-11-2019, 12:45 PM.


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        • #5
          OK, let's all, fans and team, go to a good voodoo priest, get high and hypnotized, and make the game in Boston to never ever happened. We will fly on the plane with a happy expressions and funny smell around us. We will be a 101% percent sure that play that Pacers played in Boston happened in the parallel universe, cause here Pacers always beat Boston with +25 margin just because we are sooo good (ahh, beautiful taste of aroma), and Celtics actually don 't play in the NBA. They play in the G-League and just for fun they replaced for a one game the real Boston team - The mighty Patriots.
          Yeahhh, that would be good.
          Back to this earth. Knicks don't have their Unicorn, so they suck. Plus, have of their roster, scrambled in the emergency of utter misery, is broken (a mean physically. They are missing important body parts for a professional players - legs, arms, heads and etc....). Everybody in the New York New York prays and make sacrifices to a bad ones for the Knicks to lose. Every single game. The lay-out is simple: one team tries to lose to every team anywhere while another, the true BDSM addicts, likes to spank in a bad way weak ones and enjoy receiving the same from the good ones.
          Pacers record away from the corn fields is 13-9, Knicks record in the Greatest Arena in the Universe is 4-12 (huh, they didn't play much at home, did they?). That's why they have 6 wins on the road, and 4 at home. They need badly their fans to help them to lose.
          What else? Myles is out, so maybe Domas will get his first triple double. He just needs a little help from the teammates: after he makes a perfect pass, they just have to put the ball in the basket but not somewhere around the basketball board. On the realgm general board a started a poll: who will get first triple double, Domas or Luka? Though that poll was already born dead cause nobody understood the question. Luka ia a NBA darling (don't get me wrong, he is REALLY GOOD, but come on....), and who the bleep is a Bonis?
          Another problem right now nagging Pacers ball aficionados, is feverish Dipo play. Yes, last year through the regular season he was better, but against LBJ he didn't know much what the bleep he was doing. I like the guy. I like him very much. BUT! He has to get his with the flow of the game. That's why then I was thinking what word to choose to describe his current status of basketball activities as "feverish". Not everything is so gloom with him. Just a little tune-ups. Their play (Dipo and Domas) "two-on-two", that's how we used to call PNRs, PNPs, DHOs and etc... in a days past bye, is very efficient. Super efficient. Duo of them attracts usually not two defenders but sometimes all opposing guys are sucked into them on defense, thus leaving another 3 Pacers bodies on the floor to roam free. They just need more time with each other on the floor, so they would develop a "feeling" with each other. It's like a one body and mind. Remember, how at the start of the season nobody here could stomach Tyreke and McBuckets play. But as the engine kept rolling, after awhile it became finely tuned extermination unit. And there is a math. Percentages. Nobody will always will make all the shots and nobody will always miss all the shots. Dipo, just don't try to even out your averages in one game. It takes a season. For s start - make the bleeping three throws!!!
          Enough for me to exercise in American English blabbering. Easy W, starters didn't play much last game, no excuse for "being tired due to exhausting road trip", just be more patient on the offense. There is no need to score 180+ points against Knicks. In and out. With a W.

          BTW, Celtics received a spanking from the Heat. It was a back to back, on the road, refs I think tried to help but Celtics were just themselves again. They sucked.

          One more thing, check this out:

          http://www.espn.com/nba/video?gameId=401071294

          The dude did that with the right hand, now Domas has to answer with the left. For the alley-oop
          Last edited by bball_nomad; 01-11-2019, 04:43 PM.
          12-12-2018, 09:20 PM


          Myles Turner during Vic's postgame interview: "Tell you what the East is in trouble now boy"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bball_nomad View Post
            OK, let's all, fans and team, go to a good voodoo priest, get high and hypnotized, and make the game in Boston to never ever happened. We will fly on the plane with a happy expressions and funny smell around us. We will be a 101% percent sure that play that Pacers played in Boston happened in the parallel universe, cause here Pacers always beat Boston with +25 margin just because we are sooo good (ahh, beautiful taste of aroma), and Celtics actually don 't play in the NBA. They play in the G-League and just for fun they replaced for a one game the real Boston team - The mighty Patriots.
            Yeahhh, that would be good.
            Back to this earth. Knicks don't have their Unicorn, so they suck. Plus, have of their roster, scrambled in the emergency of utter misery, is broken (a mean physically. They are missing important body parts for a professional players - legs, arms, heads and etc....). Everybody in the New York New York prays and make sacrifices to a bad ones for the Knicks to lose. Every single game. The lay-out is simple: one team tries to lose to every team anywhere while another, the true BDSM addicts, likes to spank in a bad way weak ones and enjoy receiving the same from the good ones.
            Pacers record away from the corn fields is 13-9, Knicks record in the Greatest Arena in the Universe is 4-12 (huh, they didn't play much at home, did they?). That's why they have 6 wins on the road, and 4 at home. They need badly their fans to help them to lose.
            What else? Myles is out, so maybe Domas will get his first triple double. He just needs a little help from the teammates: after he makes a perfect pass, they just have to put the ball in the basket but not somewhere around the basketball board. On the realgm general board a started a poll: who will get first triple double, Domas or Luka? Though that poll was already born dead cause nobody understood the question. Luka ia a NBA darling (don't get me wrong, he is REALLY GOOD, but come on....), and who the bleep is a Bonis?
            Another problem right now nagging Pacers ball aficionados, is feverish Dipo play. Yes, last year through the regular season he was better, but against LBJ he didn't know much what the bleep he was doing. I like the guy. I like him very much. BUT! He has to get his with the flow of the game. That's why then I was thinking what word to choose to describe his current status of basketball activities as "feverish". Not everything is so gloom with him. Just a little tune-ups. Their play (Dipo and Domas) "two-on-two", that's how we used to call PNRs, PNPs, DHOs and etc... in a days past bye, is very efficient. Super efficient. Duo of them attracts usually not two defenders but sometimes all opposing guys are sucked into them on defense, thus leaving another 3 Pacers bodies on the floor to roam free. They just need more time with each other on the floor, so they would develop a "feeling" with each other. It's like a one body and mind. Remember, how at the start of the season nobody here could stomach Tyreke and McBuckets play. But as the engine kept rolling, after awhile it became finely tuned extermination unit. And there is a math. Percentages. Nobody will always will make all the shots and nobody will always miss all the shots. Dipo, just don't try to even out your averages in one game. It takes a season. For s start - make the bleeping three throws!!!
            Enough for me to exercise in American English blabbering. Easy W, starters didn't play much last game, no excuse for "being tired due to exhausting road trip", just be more patient on the offense. There is no need to score 180+ points against Knicks. In and out. With a W.

            BTW, Celtics received a spanking from the Heat. It was a back to back, on the road, refs I think tried to help but Celtics were just themselves again. They sucked.

            One more thing, check this out:

            http://www.espn.com/nba/video?gameId=401071294


            The dude did that with the right hand, now Domas has to answer with the left. For the alley-oop
            Interesting: However I'm pretty sure the Pacers win tonite by 5-7 points. I expect their defense to improve and I expect Domas to begin playing well in the 2nd half. Time will tell.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by BobbyMac View Post

              Interesting: However I'm pretty sure the Pacers win tonite by 5-7 points. I expect their defense to improve and I expect Domas to begin playing well in the 2nd half. Time will tell.

              In previous two losses to Cavs at home, Raptors on the road defense was OK, offense was struggling. Guys were missing shots. In last two drubbings by Raptors and Celtics, defense was actually good (at the begging of the games). Against Raptors in the first q Pacers had like 5+ steals and other good stuff. But Raptors were hitting threes. Raptors previously were missing long ball like for a good month. Against the Celtics? At the start of the game Celtics were making almost every shot, later paint opened up a little bit cause guys were scrambling on the perimeter. I remember I checked the score in the third and Celts were 11/21 on threes. but game was still within the reach. On the other hand - reffing was ridiculous. Even when pros, players and coaches start mouthing of, it tells that not everything is OK. 2 "bad calls" easily make a swing of 10 points. Sure, teams, overloaded with talent and balls usually are able to overcome even the most fixed games (except epic Kings - Lakers WCF or LTU - Yugoslavia in 95' and couple more cases, no need to remember everything, just my point). But Pacers gave up finally in the fourth two days ago. Couple reasons. It was just one out of 82 regular season games. Even if Pacers started to eat the parquet, refs would manage to make couple "bad calls" to settle the things down. Main guys stopped playing at the end of the third, Nate was already thinking about today's game. If it was an elimination game - sure, fight usually dosn't stop until 7-8 minutes till the end of time, cause of a blow-out. , Dipo played good defense and other guys too, but when you have a combo of refs and other team playing well - you are bleeped no matter what.
              Bleep, somebody ringing the door....
              12-12-2018, 09:20 PM


              Myles Turner during Vic's postgame interview: "Tell you what the East is in trouble now boy"

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              • #8
                Dipo. Wow.
                "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference

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                • #9
                  Victor looked pretty spry on that dunk
                  {o,o}
                  |)__)
                  -"-"-

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                  • #10
                    Ummm. Big flop. Cojo was nowhere near him when he "fell."
                    "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference

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                    • #11
                      Where is everybody?
                      "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference

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                      • #12
                        So Leaf might be trade bait right now, not sure why he is playing now.
                        @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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                        • #13
                          Vonleh should be a target in the off season. He can be a powerful defender I think.
                          {o,o}
                          |)__)
                          -"-"-

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
                            Where is everybody?
                            Out buying groceries to make French Toast because of the snow tomorrow?
                            {o,o}
                            |)__)
                            -"-"-

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                            • #15
                              Evans should NEVER take a last shot. He cannot free himself to get a good shot.
                              {o,o}
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