The Rules of Pacers Digest

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Below are the rules of Pacers Digest. After you have read them, you will have a very good sense of where we are coming from, what we expect, what we don't want to see, and how we react to things.

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.

Rule #2

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.

The right places to do so are:

A) Start a thread about the specific incident you want to talk about on the Feedback board. This way you are able to express yourself in an area that doesn't throw another thread off topic, and this way others can add their two cents as well if they wish, and additionally if there's something that needs to be said by the administrators, that is where they will respond to it.

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.

Rule #3

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:

A) Any post they make will be completely invisible as you scroll through a thread.

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.

To utilize this feature, from any page on Pacers Digest, scroll to the top of the page, look to the top right where it says 'Settings' and click that. From the settings page, look to the left side of the page where it says 'My Settings', and look down from there until you see 'Edit Ignore List' and click that. From here, it will say 'Add a Member to Your List...' Beneath that, click in the text box to the right of 'User Name', type in or copy & paste the username of the poster you are ignoring, and once their name is in the box, look over to the far right and click the 'Okay' button. All done!

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.

An example:

If I copy and paste an article from the Indianapolis Star website, I would post something like this:
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Rule #6

We cannot tolerate illegal videos on Pacers Digest. This means do not share any links to them, do not mention any websites that host them or link to them, do not describe how to find them in any way, and do not ask about them. Posts doing anything of the sort will be removed, the offenders will be contacted privately, and if the problem becomes habitual, you will be suspended, and if it still persists, you will probably be banned.

The legal means of watching or listening to NBA games are NBA League Pass Broadband (for US, or for International; both cost money) and NBA Audio League Pass (which is free). Look for them on

Rule #7

Provocative statements in a signature, or as an avatar, or as the 'tagline' beneath a poster's username (where it says 'Member' or 'Administrator' by default, if it is not altered) are an unwanted distraction that will more than likely be removed on sight. There can be shades of gray to this, but in general this could be something political or religious that is likely going to provoke or upset people, or otherwise something that is mean-spirited at the expense of a poster, a group of people, or a population.

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).

We do make exceptions if we feel the content is both innocuous and unlikely to cause social problems on the forum (such as wishing someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Easter), and we also also make exceptions if such topics come up with regards to a sports figure (such as the Lance Stephenson situation bringing up discussions of domestic abuse and the law, or when Jason Collins came out as gay and how that lead to some discussion about gay rights).

However, once the discussion seems to be more/mostly about the political issues instead of the sports figure or his specific situation, the thread is usually closed.

Rule #8

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.

Rule #9

Generally speaking, we try to be a "PG-13" rated board, and we don't want to see sexual content or similarly suggestive content. Vulgarity is a more muddled issue, though again we prefer things to lean more towards "PG-13" than "R". If we feel things have gone too far, we will step in.

Rule #10

We like small signatures, not big signatures. The bigger the signature, the more likely it is an annoying or distracting signature.

Rule #11

Do not advertise anything without talking about it with the administrators first. This includes advertising with your signature, with your avatar, through private messaging, and/or by making a thread or post.
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Game # 9 Pacers vs Bucks

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  • Game # 9 Pacers vs Bucks

    On to the next one….

    Game Preview

    The Pacers (5-3) will try to close out a busy homestand with another victory on Thursday night, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks (5-2) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on the second night of a back-to-back for both teams.

    Thursday's game will conclude a stretch that has seen Indiana host five games over just seven days. It has been more successful than stressful so far, as the Blue & Gold have won three of the first four contests on the homestand, with the only blemish a one-point loss to Charlotte on Saturday.

    The Pacers rebounded with a record-setting win over San Antonio on Monday, followed by a 134-118 victory over Utah on Wednesday. Indiana pulled away from the Jazz in the fourth quarter, outscoring the visitors 33-20 in the final frame.

    Several players had strong performances for the Blue & Gold in Wednesday's win. Tyrese Haliburton and Jalen Smith continued their stellar starts to the season, both recording double-doubles. Aaron Nesmith scored 24 points off the bench, while Myles Turner dropped 22 and swatted three shots. But the most encouraging performance came from second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin.

    It's been an adjustment for Mathurin this season moving into the starting lineup. He has the ball in his hands less now that he is playing more alongside Haliburton and the coaching staff has tasked him with finding ways to impact the game in ways besides scoring. He scored 10 points or less in four straight games entering Wednesday, but had a big offensive night against Utah, tallying a season-high 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting (4-of-7 from 3-point range), nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

    "I've got a whole different role," Mathurin said after the win. "I don't get as easy shots as I was getting last year. I'm playing against better players. I'm just trying to find the right way to play and help my team win."

    The Bucks have a different look this season after pulling off a stunning trade just before training camp to acquire seven-time All-Star Damian Lillard from Portland in a three-team deal. Milwaukee gave up Jrue Holiday — one of the pillars of their team that won the NBA title in 2021 — in the deal, but it was an all-in move designed to pair a second superstar alongside two-time MVP Giannis Antetkounmpo.

    So far, the Bucks are off to a strong start and they enter Thursday's game riding a three-game winning streak. Their latest victory was a hard-fought 120-118 win over Detroit that had a unique twist, with Antetokounmpo ejected minutes into the second half after picking up a second technical foul. Lillard stepped into the lead role in his absence, scoring 34 points to lead Milwaukee to victory.

    Lillard hasn't shot the ball well yet from distance (he's made just 29.3 percent of his 3-point attempts, including a 2-for-12 performance from beyond the arc on Wednesday), but still has topped 30 points in three of his first seven games as a Buck and is averaging 11.4 free throw attempts per game.

    Containing Antetokounmpo was already a tall task, but now teams also have to account for Lillard, one of the league's most prolific scorers over the past decade. Thursday's game will be a big test for the Pacers' defense, which entered Wednesday night 25th in the league in defensive rating (116.4 points per 100 possessions) and 28th in opponent free throw attempts (26 per game).
    Projected Starters

    Pacers: G - Tyrese Haliburton, G - Bruce Brown, F - Bennedict Mathurin, F - Obi Toppin, C - Myles Turner

    Bucks: G - Damian Lillard, G - Malik Beasley, F - Khris Middleton, F - Giannis Antetokounmpo, C - Brook Lopez
    Injury Report

    Pacers: None

    Bucks: None
    Last Meeting

    March 29, 2023: Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 51 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo added a 38-point, 17-rebound, 12-assist triple-double as the Bucks pulled away in the second half for a 149-136 victory over the Pacers.

    Holiday went 20-for-30 from the field, 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and 8-for-10 from the free throw line, eclipsing his previous career high by 11 points while also tallying eight rebounds and eight assists.

    Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, went 14-for-18 from the field and 10-for-14 from the charity stripe, as he and Holiday combined for 89 points as the Bucks avenged a 139-123 loss to the Pacers on March 16 in Milwaukee.

    Rookie guard Bennedict Mathurin led seven Pacers in double figures with 29 points and also pulled down nine rebounds, while Aaron Nesmith added 22 points on 5-of-5 3-point shooting.
    • The Pacers will wear their 2023-24 CITY EDITION uniforms for the second time this season on Thursday and will also debut the new CITY EDITION court. Learn more about the uniforms and see the court design at
    • The Bucks have won 11 of the last 12 and 15 of the last 17 meetings with Indiana, including their last five contests at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
    • Pacers guard Buddy Hield's next 3-pointer with break a tie with Carmelo Anthony for 27th place on the NBA's career 3-pointers made list. Both players currently have 1,731 career threes.
    • Pacers forward Jordan Nwora was drafted by the Bucks in the second round 2020 and won an NBA championship with Milwaukee as a rookie. He was traded to Indiana in February in a four-team deal.
    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 (sideline reporter/host)


    The Pacers welcome Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets >>


  • #2
    While not likely, it's still possible. Go Pacers!


    • #3
      This game is a B2B and the 5th in 7 nights. By all rights, the BnG should be dragging big time. Especially with their pace. The only bright spot is that the Bucks are also in a B2B situation. This just feels like a schedule loss that can't be avoided.

      But hope springs eternal, so "Go Pacers".


      • #4
        Giannis was ejected last night in the 3rd quarter. He may be extra motivated tonight.


        • #5
          This is a matchup between two teams who are top 11 offenses, bottom 10 defenses, and both 10 top in pace. It could have some fireworks.

          But it's also really hard to get the memories out of past Bucks-Pacers games where that definitely wasn't the case out of my head.


          • #6
            Getting the Bucks early while they are still figuring things out with new personnel and new coaching is good. Much better shot at stealing a game.


            • #7
              This one will be telling.
              "We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.


              • #8
                Easy win, Bucks have a lot of issues right now.
                @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


                • #9
                  A win would be huge here, not expecting it though.
                  *removed* Just keep politics and religion completely out of it, please.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                    Easy win, Bucks have a lot of issues right now.
                    Why you gotta go and do that?


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 712Jefferson View Post

                      Why you gotta go and do that?
                      Because then if the Pacers win it's no big deal and if they lose it's a disaster.

                      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...


                      • #12
                        The vnzla kiss of death. Guaranteed loss tonight
                        Bet the house


                        • #13
                          Hali is going to cook so good today against Lillard and his no defense traderjoe is gonna start speaking in tongues and s***

                          I have watched Bucks lately their are pretty bad right now.
                          @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


                          • #14
                            Please keep your expectations low. We dont expect the Pacers to beat the Bucks. This would be similar to the Boston game

                            However, a win would be very welcomed
                            "So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.


                            • #15
                              Lilliard ruled out. Pacers super loss incoming