The Rules of Pacers Digest

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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"

"People with intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"

"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

"I can't wait to hear something from PosterX when he/she sees that **insert a given incident or current event that will have probably upset or disappointed PosterX here**"

"He/she is just delusional"

"This thread is stupid / worthless / embarrassing"

"I'm going to take a moment to point and / laugh at PosterX / GroupOfPeopleY who thought / believed *insert though/belief here*"

"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

In general, if a comment goes from purely on topic to something 'ad hominem' (personal jabs, personal shots, attacks, flames, however you want to call it, towards a person, or a group of people, or a given city/state/country of people), those are most likely going to be found intolerable.

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.

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.

If you see a problem that we haven't addressed, the best and most appropriate course for a forum member to take here is to look over to the left of the post in question. See underneath that poster's name, avatar, and other info, down where there's a little triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it? Click that. That allows you to report the post to the admins so we can definitely notice it and give it a look to see what we feel we should do about it. Beyond that, obviously it's human nature sometimes to want to speak up to the poster in question who has bothered you, but we would ask that you try to refrain from doing so because quite often what happens is two or more posters all start going back and forth about the original offending post, and suddenly the entire thread is off topic or otherwise derailed. So while the urge to police it yourself is understandable, it's best to just report it to us and let us handle it. Thank you!

All of the above is going to be subject to a case by case basis, but generally and broadly speaking, this should give everyone a pretty good idea of how things will typically / most often be handled.

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If the actions of an administrator inspire you to make a comment, criticism, or express a concern about it, there is a wrong place and a couple of right places to do so.

The wrong place is to do so in the original thread in which the administrator took action. For example, if a post gets an infraction, or a post gets deleted, or a comment within a larger post gets clipped out, in a thread discussing Paul George, the wrong thing to do is to distract from the discussion of Paul George by adding your off topic thoughts on what the administrator did.

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B) Send a private message to the administrators, and they can respond to you that way.

If this is done the wrong way, those comments will be deleted, and if it's a repeating problem then it may also receive an infraction as well.

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If a poster is bothering you, and an administrator has not or will not deal with that poster to the extent that you would prefer, you have a powerful tool at your disposal, one that has recently been upgraded and is now better than ever: The ability to ignore a user.

When you ignore a user, you will unfortunately still see some hints of their existence (nothing we can do about that), however, it does the following key things:

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B) The new addition to this feature: If someone QUOTES a user you are ignoring, you do not have to read who it was, or what that poster said, unless you go out of your way to click on a link to find out who it is and what they said.

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Rule #4

Regarding infractions, currently they carry a value of one point each, and that point will expire in 31 days. If at any point a poster is carrying three points at the same time, that poster will be suspended until the oldest of the three points expires.

Rule #5

When you share or paste content or articles from another website, you must include the URL/link back to where you found it, who wrote it, and what website it's from. Said content will be removed if this doesn't happen.

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It may or may not go without saying, but this goes for threads and posts as well, particularly when it's not made on the off-topic board (Market Square).

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We prefer self-restraint and/or modesty when making jokes or off topic comments in a sports discussion thread. They can be fun, but sometimes they derail or distract from a topic, and we don't want to see that happen. If we feel it is a problem, we will either delete or move those posts from the thread.

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Game #72 Pacers vs Hornets

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  • Game #72 Pacers vs Hornets

    Ten to go after tonight....

    Monday, March 20 at 7:00 PM ET at Spectrum Center

    Game Preview

    The Indiana Pacers are on the road again, but for the last long journey of the 2022-2023 season.

    Monday, the Pacers (32-39) will kick off a final four-game road trip when they take on the Charlotte Hornets (22-50) at Spectrum Center. With a win, Indiana can sweep Charlotte for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.

    Indiana is 6-4 over its last 10 games, sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, while Charlotte comes into the game losing four in a row. After the string of road games, the Pacers will play five of their last seven games at home.

    The Pacers are a game and a half back of the Chicago Bulls (33-37) for the 10th and final Play-In Tournament berth, and are three games back from the ninth-place Toronto Raptors (35-36).

    PLAYOFF PICTURE: Track the Latest Standings, Remaining Schedules, and More >>

    In game three of the season series, the Hornets will be without star guard LaMelo Ball, who had surgery on his right ankle at the beginning of the month, and center Mason Plumlee, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in February.

    Ball scored 26 points in the first contest and 13 points in the second against the Pacers and Plumlee had double-doubles in each of the first two games.

    For Indiana, All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton is expected to miss a third straight game due to a right ankle sprain. Pacers standout rookie Bennedict Mathurin, who is also suffering from a sprained ankle, has missed four straight games and his status for Monday is uncertain.

    Taking over at the point, Pacers rookie Andrew Nembhard has played well in Haliburton’s absence, recording 22 and 24 points each in the last two games. Jordan Nwora, who has started with Haliburton out the last two games and was acquired via a trade with Milwaukee in February, has scored in double figures now in 10 straight games.

    Former Brownsburg High School and Butler University star Gordon Hayward is expected to play against the Pacers after missing the two previous matchups due to injuries. Hayward, who has only played in 46 games this season, has averaged 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for the Hornets.

    Both the Pacers and Hornets are coming off losses to the No. 2 team in the East, the Philadelphia 76ers (48-22).

    On Saturday, the 76ers shot 61.4 percent from the field en route to a 141-121 win over the Blue & Gold. Aaron Nesmith had a career-high 25 points in the loss and MVP candidate and NBA leading scorer Joel Embiid had 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Philadelphia.

    Charlotte lost to the 76ers 121-82 on Friday, scoring just 28 total points in the second half. Hornets guard Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 14 points and P.J. Washington had 12 while Embiid collected 38 points and 13 rebounds.

    Rozier has scored at least 17 points in each game against the Pacers this season while dishing out a minimum of six assists.

    After Charlotte, the Pacers will head north on Wednesday to take on the Toronto Raptors before traveling to the Boston Celtics on Friday and going to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

    Projected Starters

    Pacers: G - Andrew Nembhard, G - Buddy Hield, F - Aaron Nesmith, F - Jordan Nwora, C - Myles Turner

    Charlotte Hornets: G - Terry Rozier, G - Kelly Oubre Jr., F - Gordon Hayward, F - P.J. Washington, C - Nick Richards

    Injury Report

    Pacers: Chris Duarte - questionable (sore left ankle), Isaiah Jackson - questionable (sore right knee), Bennedict Mathurin - questionable (right ankle sprain), Kendall Brown - out (right tibia stress fracture), Tyrese Haliburton - out (right ankle sprain)

    Hornets: LaMelo Ball - out (right ankle surgery), James Bouknight - out (G League assignment), Cody Martin - out (sore left knee), Mark Williams - out (right thumb sprain)

    Last Meeting

    Jan. 8, 2023: The Pacers hit seven of eight free throw attempts in the final 31 seconds to come out with a 116-111 win over the Hornets at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

    Charlotte jumped to a 27-15 lead by the end of the first quarter before Indiana roared back to go up 47-45 at intermission.

    After the Hornets reclaimed the lead by outscoring the Pacers 34-26 in the third quarter, the Pacers dropped 43 points in the final frame to pull off the win. The teams were tied at 107 with 53 seconds left before the Pacers got it done at the charity stripe.

    Turner led the Pacers with 29 points and Washington topped the Hornets, who had five scorers in double figures, with 22.

    Hield finished with 21 points and Nembhard had 19, with both nailing four 3-pointers each. Haliburton achieved a double-double with 16 points and 13 assists.

    Both teams shot 43 percent from the field but the Pacers made 13 3-pointers to the Hornets’ 11 treys. The Hornets outrebounded the Pacers 49-43.

    • The Pacers are 12 made 3-pointers away from setting a new franchise record for made threes in a season. The previous record of 997 was set during the 2021-2022 season.
    • Indiana owns the all-time lead against Charlotte 72-51. Charlotte swept the regular season series in 2021-2022 and the last time the Pacers won the series was during the 2019-2020 season, 3-1.
    • The Pacers haven’t swept Charlotte since the team changed its mascot from the Bobcats to the Hornets in 2013.
    • This game will actually be the fifth meeting between the two teams, but just the third in the regular season as the Pacers and Hornets played each other both in the Summer League and preseason. Indiana won both those exhibitions.
    • Pacers assistant coach Ronald Nored was an assistant for the Hornets from 2018-2021.

    Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

    TV: Bally Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

    Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)


    After a four-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, March 27 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets >>


  • #2
    The Hornets are in shambles, they really could use Scoot. Ball is injury prone and isn't reliable. Scoot and Ball could play together easily when Ball in available. Projected win for the Pacers.


    • #3
      Yep, a win for the Pacers. The Hornets are a pretty pathetic team right now.
      Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.


      • #4
        Playing devil's advocate here but that didn't work so well when the Pistons beat us by 20 some points and we were never in the game so with the Pacers I've learned take nothing for granted
        Sittin on top of the world!


        • #5
          V needs to give one of his guaranteed win announcements


          • #6
            Bills after Pacers beat this trash team tonight

            @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


            • #7
              Hornets suck


              • #8
                Buddy misses every single technical free throw


                • #9
                  Nembhard has gotten much better as an assist man
                  the second half of the season


                  • #10
                    WTF is this lineup? lol 4 bigs and a small , Rick finally trying something different.


                    • #11
                      Didn't Kai Jones have high expectations coming out of college?


                      • #12
                        Basically 4 PF's and TJ. I like it.
                        "Just look at the flowers ........ BANG" - Carol "The Walking Dead"


                        • #13
                          Lose the game u


                          • #14
                            Mathurin is our hope. We really need him to keep developing into the player he looks like he can.
                            "We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rock747 View Post
                              Mathurin is our hope. We really need him to keep developing into the player he looks like he can.
                              He is the only one on the team who I think is capable of forcing his will on opposing teams. He isn't quite there yet, but has that possibility. As good as Hali is, I don't think he can take the punishment Math can and finish