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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.

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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.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

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Post game Playoff #1 Pacers vs Celtics

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  • #61
    The Pacers have to try to win this series even though it would take a miracle. But in the meantime, I think they just have to make sure that guys they plan to retain get solid minutes. It's great experience and it might just be a few more games, but don't waste it.
    Vnzla81: Yep pretty much, they cut him because they were going to get "their guy" they couldn't get option 1,2,3,4,5 then they went to Lance he said "no thanks" and they had no other choice but to get Lance 2.0 for three times the cost.

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    • #62
      Lance never plays without confidence which is what you need against these guys. Really it's what you need in the playoffs. It was an enormous mistake failing to pick up the option. It was a mistake from a business standpoint because Lance is a fan favorite. It was a mistake from a post season play standpoint, because historically he has performed well in the playoffs. Guys liked him and picking up his option shows dedication to a player. Big mistake hanging him out to dry...and now in a couple weeks we have neither guy.
      Vnzla81: Yep pretty much, they cut him because they were going to get "their guy" they couldn't get option 1,2,3,4,5 then they went to Lance he said "no thanks" and they had no other choice but to get Lance 2.0 for three times the cost.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
        I'm really not understanding why people are not grasping this. They had PLENTY of open shots. The shots wasn't falling. The whole point of basketball is to shoot the best shoot available, and that was what the Pacers were doing in the 3rd quarter. Admittedly, I wish they would have taken the easy layup instead of going for the knockout shots.

        THIS is what VO brings you. He brings you a player who can get you buckets when the team goes on a scoring drought.

        Wanting to fire the coach is stupid when the team is getting the open looks they need to score on the plays he's calling and designing.
        Yes, but at a certain point you have to realize the shots aren't going in and do something about it. The coach either has to make a line-up change, or regroup and come up with a new offensive strategy. Sure the players have to hit their shots, but it is up to the coach to adjust to how his players are playing to give the team a chance to win instead of just sitting on his hands doing nothing watching a 7 point lead turn into a 7 point deficit. The only time he made a change was when the foul situation made him make a change.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
          Being wide open with no defenders nearby is about as easy as a shot you can take...
          I'm confident that Boston wanted us to take long shots. We literally took zero shots within 15 feet of the basket in the first six minutes of the 3rd. It felt like the Jim O'Brien era all over again, taking terrible shots and not even sniffing the paint.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by BillS View Post
            That's the single worst offensive half of basketball I have ever seen from the Pacers.

            I can't even joke about Pacers' Scoring Drought sponsors.

            I'd be pushing for new players but every good shooter who comes to Indiana completely falls apart. We could field LeBron, Durant, Harden, Curry, and Wilt and still only shoot 30%.

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            This is the darkest BillS post I’ve ever read. You’re absolutely right though! This current team of journeymen is sucking all the sunshine out of the fan base.

            The only bright side is if they get embarrassed 4 straight games, they might feel better about wiping the slate clean this summer and going all in on a top talent in Free Agency. It’s Kemba or bust as far as I’m concerned and I don’t care if that means they can’t re-sign Thad or Bogey.

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            • #66
              We missed a lot of open shots in the 2nd half. Mostly a mental failure. Turner seems shook by the moment, as usual. Guards played selfish in the second half.
              https://soundcloud.com/geoclipse

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              • #67
                I just watched the highlights again. Not only did we only score 8 points in the third quarter, we also only scored 2 points in the first 6 minutes of the 4th. 10 points over an 18 minute stretch. If we scored at that pace for the entire game we'd finish the game (yes, game) with 27 points. And that stretch accounted for 37% of the game. Garbage time in the 4th was our saving grace.
                Last edited by pacers_heath; 04-14-2019, 11:21 PM.
                Lifelong pacers fan

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
                  How to explain the free throws?

                  - Coaching staff doesn't emphasize it enough?
                  - Players are poor under pressure?
                  - Our team just weak in this area (more of blame on GM)?

                  Maybe there's another explanation that I couldn't think of.
                  Teamís just weak. We finished 23rd in free throw rate (free throws per FG attempt) and 22nd in free throw percentage. I guess you can blame the coaches scheme for the low free throw rate and the GM/players for the shooting percentages. The combination of low attempts with low percentages is one of the main reasons we finished 18th in offense this year.



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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by Ratking View Post
                    We missed a lot of open shots in the 2nd half. Mostly a mental failure. Turner seems shook by the moment, as usual. Guards played selfish in the second half.
                    Turner had to get the ball in order to shoot the ball. None of the plays took advantage of him being open on P&R.
                    BillS

                    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
                    Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by BillS View Post

                      Turner had to get the ball in order to shoot the ball. None of the plays took advantage of him being open on P&R.
                      I noticed this too. That's gotta cause some friction to the chemistry we usually have. Collison was freezing out Turner on a lot of those situations. If Turner isn't engaged and feeling like his teammates trust him, we are going to be out of this series quick. Turner still seemed to have trouble hitting at the line and on the few shots the team set up for him. It's on the guards to help him through that and get him the ball on those pick n' pops the same way they did all season.
                      Last edited by Ratking; 04-15-2019, 05:56 PM.
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                      • #71
                        About these huge scoring droughts that the Pacers run into in the 2nd and 3rd QTRs that has plagued the Pacers since the ASB:

                        JMHO, but I would honestly consider pulling whoever is not effective from whatever lineup that is out there that can't hit the side of the frickin barn and put in Leaf, Holiday and possibly even Sumner. Ignoring that we have continually seen that whatever lineup that we have out there can't pull themselves out of a scoring drought, it can't be any worse. The problem is that when we get down to an 8 man rotation that can't score one bit, I think that it's time to simply change things up by changing the dynamics of the lineup JUST TO SEE if it helps break the drought. A lineup that includes Leaf and Holiday ( with Tyreke on the bench, cuz when he's on the floor with Holiday.....Holiday defers to Tyreke ) brings more energy and athleticism to the court. At worst, that lineup continues to not score. At best, the Pacers can stop or even change the momentum of the game. But that's no different than what happens when the existing 8 man rotation can't make a basket for HUGE stretches of time.
                        Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by CableKC View Post
                          About these huge scoring droughts that the Pacers run into in the 2nd and 3rd QTRs that has plagued the Pacers since the ASB:

                          JMHO, but I would honestly consider pulling whoever is not effective from whatever lineup that is out there that can't hit the side of the frickin barn and put in Leaf, Holiday and possibly even Sumner. Ignoring that we have continually seen that whatever lineup that we have out there can't pull themselves out of a scoring drought, it can't be any worse. The problem is that when we get down to an 8 man rotation that can't score one bit, I think that it's time to simply change things up by changing the dynamics of the lineup JUST TO SEE if it helps break the drought. A lineup that includes Leaf and Holiday ( with Tyreke on the bench, cuz when he's on the floor with Holiday.....Holiday defers to Tyreke ) brings more energy and athleticism to the court. At worst, that lineup continues to not score. At best, the Pacers can stop or even change the momentum of the game. But that's no different than what happens when the existing 8 man rotation can't make a basket for HUGE stretches of time.
                          Problem with that is that because our defense is so strong even in the offensive drought situations you could easily make matters worse by throwing in guys off the bench - unless they can start scoring more than what they give up, you end up taking steps backwards.
                          BillS

                          A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
                          Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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                          • #73
                            Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
                            This is when I miss Lance. Evans is inconsistent. McDermott is as clutch as an automatic transmission. Matthews I like but he can't create. Neither can Cojo. T. J. Leaf I also kind of like but he looks like he has lead bricks in his shoes. We just don't have anybody off the bench that can create a spark when the offense is sputtering.
                            AARON HOLIDAY

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by BillS View Post

                              Problem with that is that because our defense is so strong even in the offensive drought situations you could easily make matters worse by throwing in guys off the bench - unless they can start scoring more than what they give up, you end up taking steps backwards.
                              How would we ever know when Nate rarely ever plays them with the good defensive players?

                              I think they’re also being a little short-sighted. Now is a good opportunity for Holiday and Leaf to get some valuable experience. The Pacers aren’t going anywhere this year but they could give their young guns an opportunity and see if any of them can rise to the occasion. I remember Kobe Bryant shooting air balls in the playoffs against the Utah Jazz during his rookie year. That was a series deciding game 5 and he air balled 4 clutch moment jumpers - 1 to win the game and 3 in overtime.

                              This is is what Jerry West said: “They killed our coach, Del Harris, for having him in there. But I applaud Del Harris to this day for allowing this guy to get in there and play when no one else was playing nor competing.”

                              The Pacers coaching staff are going to have to start thinking about the future at some point during this series. The best time would be when none of the regulars are out there competing.
                              Last edited by naptownmenace; 04-15-2019, 07:32 PM.

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by naptownmenace View Post

                                How would we ever know when Nate rarely ever plays them with the good defensive players?
                                But you want to pull those good defensive players...
                                BillS

                                A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
                                Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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