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Rule #1

Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

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What must happen if the Pacers are to have any hope of winning a game let alone the series

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  • What must happen if the Pacers are to have any hope of winning a game let alone the series

    In no particular order the following must happen for us to win this series.

    Myles Turner not only has to be a rim protector he absolutely must not be muscled and moved around by the Celtics front court. He doesn't have to grab 15 rebounds a game or anything like that but he has to be a contributor and not just blocking out for other players. He is going to have to avg at least 8 boards a game. I believe he can do it.

    God help us all but we honestly are going to need Tyreke Evans to score and score efficiently this series. We can not have any 2-12 shooting nights and we can not have him driving 1 on 5 at the rim. If we are going to move forward he is, as scary as this is, going to have to be a contributor.

    Cory Joseph has to stop sucking. I'm sorry I love Cory but he has sucked and I mean sucked for about 2 months now. We absolutely cannot have him pound the air out of the ball for 14 seconds only to fling up some crap that he won't hit. If he isn't hitting at around 30% from three's and 40% from the field overall we are in trouble.

    Thad Young has to rebound. He is a very frustrating player at times because he can rebound when he focuses on it but if not he is atrocious. He is going to be key in helping guard M. Morris and Tatum but he can not let them have second chance shots.

    Lots of pressure on Domas Sabonis because at the end of the day we need him to be a force who gets double doubles and forces them to guard him with more than one player.

    Bojan can not have a game like he did the last time vs the Celtics. I believe Smart not being there helps with that and honestly I think some much needed rest will have helped with that as well, I believe he was running on fumes at the end of the season. Sadly being our number one option means we are going to need at least 18 ppg game (probably a lot more) from him.

    Now here are the things that can not happen or we will be toast and I am listing an order here because the first one is the most important by far.

    Nate McMillan can not use his egg timer substitution pattern he did for the most part of the second half of the season. If someone has a hot hand, he has to let that person go rotation be dammed. That means we most likely will have to close with Myles and Domas on the floor together and he has tob okay with that. In the playoffs matchups are key and coaches often time will adjust, Nate has to be flexible here which IMO he was a lot more of early in the season and got much worse as the season went on.

    We can not lose the rebound battle every single game and we really can't lose it by double digits. We have got to make a commitment to rebounding as a team. We have to cover transition but not completely at the cost of getting some offensive rebounds.

    We have to limit turnovers to stop their fast breaks. They have killed us this year with fast break points. We do a good job of not turning the ball over but we lose so many rebounds and they are off tot he races.

    This probably should be second on the list but hit your dammed free throws.

    What we need from Boston

    Well a stomach virus hitting Al Horford would be nice but short of that this.

    We need them to be disorganized. We need Gordon Hayward to not have another monster game off of the bench for them and we really could use some foul trouble on Jason Tatum. But mostly we need someone in NY to let slip that Kyrie has already agreed to join the knicks in the off season.

    What are some of your thoughts.

    Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

  • #2
    Great to see you so active here in the late night hours, Peck. PD is a much better place when you contribute long, thoughtful posts such as this one.

    Since you asked, what I think is that we'll be fortunate if any more than half of those conditions are met. If we need all of them to win a game, let alone the series, then we're pretty ****ed.

    That said, I think the results earlier today are an indication that these playoffs should be pretty interesting and I think our series will be no exception. Some of our guys will likely play above our expectations from game to game and others will severely disappoint and play under them. I anticipate some inconsistency in the performance of our two young bigs as well as Bogie throughout the series. I just hope there are enough guys clicking each game to give us a fighting chance. I also, unfortunately, expect Kyrie to be a monster.

    Let's just all agree to root like hell for our Pacers one way or another and try to enjoy the ride.

    Last edited by 712Jefferson; 04-14-2019, 04:14 AM.


    • #3
      Kyrie is always a tough cover. I just hope Nate doesn't hesitate to try putting Holiday on him. Rookie or not, we need his quickness out there.


      • #4
        Nothing special. Just play to the best of their abilities. What the Pacers do is far less important than if Boston chooses to take the night off.


        • #5
          We need to be ahead by double digits with 2 minutes to go. Kyrie is great at closing games, and we donít have a closer. If the game is close, we will lose.


          • #6
            Celtics team bus will need to break down 20 miles from the arena in an area with no traffic or cellphone reception.

            Other things:

            -Allow Kyrie to get his but prevent other players from having big games.

            -Absolutely no Leaf and very little McDermott.

            -No Wesley Matthews on Kyrie late in the game. It has to be CoJo.

            -Score early in the shot clock, before Boston's defense gets set.

            -Prevent Kyrie and Hayward from leaking in transition.

            -Stay down on Horford's pump fakes. Also, no over helping off of him. He will successfully attack a closeout or hit a three.

            -Thad absolutely cannot overhelp and get our entire defense off. Boston will find the open player every time.

            -No foul trouble from our bigs.

            -Get Baynes in foul trouble and attack their lack of speed in the middle.

            The list goes on and on, but these are some of the bigger ones.


            • #7
              Here's another scary prospect, but I fully expect it to happen. We will have to overcome Boston's defensive strategy leaving Thad Young open from 3. The easiest way to do that is for Thad to make them pay. He probably will on occasion in some games, but I can't imagine it will be consistent enough throughout.

              As mentioned, Kyrie is going to get his points. I would rotate guys on him most of the game trying to keep them fresh, probably Matthews, Cojo, Holiday. Doubt Sumner gets minutes, but would be fun - and maybe painful at times - to see that for stint. Then down the stretch, I agree that Cojo should be the choice to check him.

              Hayward is another major defensive challenge I'm concerned about. As pointed out elsewhere, if he has a series like his last game against us, we're in trouble. Yet the Celts looked to be chomping at the bit at the horrible mismatches we ran at him. I would expect the same. He abused Tyreke in that game. Who else guarded him? McDermott? I don't recall. I've repressed all that pain. I just know that he got wherever he wanted on the floor offensively. I honestly feel like we've got less of an answer here than on Kyrie if you can believe that.

              Beyond these items, Bojan, DC, Myles, Domas, Thad are all going to have contribute offensively at a high level throughout. There's little margin for error. Hoping Holiday and Leaf can bring some energy and a little scoring boost to the second unit, but not sure how much opportunity they'll get.

              I am going in expecting nothing from Tyreke. That way I control my disappointment. While a good offensive series would be huge, I just don't see that happening, especially against playoff caliber defense. This ain't the Hawks unfortunately. Hopefully Doug will be on shooting the ball, but neither of them offer much deterrence defensively.

              So, in all honesty, I will root like hell, but I fully expect this to be over in 5. Unless Nate comes up with some unexpected, and creative twists. My hope for that is right along the lines of my expectations for Evans. We'll see.
              I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

              -Emiliano Zapata


              • #8
                I will add one to the your list imawhat:

                Since gambling is now being pushed by the NBA, refs will be cashing in. We should get all the calls some games and the Celtics will get frustrated, T'ed up and ejected.


                • #9
                  It's 104-103. Bookie calls ref in-game to direct the decision, in his ear piece. Ref cashes in after the game.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by imawhat View Post
                    -Absolutely no Leaf and very little McDermott.
                    Man, I didnít think there were anybody left on the Tyreke bandwagon, kudos for sticking to it, I guess.

                    Playing Tyreke for 30 minutes per game is not a winning strategy, we have a much better chance playing big with Doug at the 2, than playing small with Tyreke at the three.


                    • #11
                      JMO, but I think the list of things the Pacers have to do is much shorter. The thing they have to do is make the shots they get. If the Celtics can get away with ignoring Thad or Wes or CUJo or whoever at the 3 pt line, then the Pacers are going to spend the series playing 4 on 5 on offense. It will be like the days of Jeff Foster or Haywoode Workman all over again. If the Pacers can make the open shots they get, then Boston will have to play everyone straight up and leave room for drives to the rim and Pacers can win. Shot chances can be generated offensively, they just have to make the ones they get.


                      • #12
                        Win the 3rd quarter...

                        Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?


                        • #13
                          You guys think a lot more highly of the Celtics than I do. I just see a run-of-the-mill 49-win team.

                          Are we world beaters? No. But you don't have to be to beat the Celtics.

                          All I want is for Domas to be elevated to 30+ minutes a game, and a top-3 scoring option.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mr. Mass View Post
                            You guys think a lot more highly of the Celtics than I do. I just see a run-of-the-mill 49-win team.

                            Are we world beaters? No. But you don't have to be to beat the Celtics.

                            All I want is for Domas to be elevated to 30+ minutes a game, and a top-3 scoring option.
                            THANK YOU! I was thinking the same thing, and I was coming back to state the same thing about the Celtics. If they were such a great team, they wouldn't have slid all the way to the 4th seed. Like I said before in another thread, it took a struggling Pacers team playing a tough schedule for them to even get the 4th seed.

                            Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mr. Mass View Post
                              You guys think a lot more highly of the Celtics than I do. I just see a run-of-the-mill 49-win team.

                              Are we world beaters? No. But you don't have to be to beat the Celtics.

                              All I want is for Domas to be elevated to 30+ minutes a game, and a top-3 scoring option.
                              Did you watch the last 3 games against them without Oladipo?
                              Lifelong pacers fan