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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.

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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11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

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    Game Time Start: 8:00 PM EST
    Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
    Officials: S. Foster, B. Barnaky, S. Wall

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Minnesota Notes
    Television: FSI / WFTC
    Radio: WFNI 1070 AM / WCCO 830 AM
    NBA Feeds:

    REMINDER: Per PD policy, please do not share a link to, describe how to search for, request a link to, or request a PM about streaming video of a NBA game that is not coming directly through the NBA. Not even in a "wink-wink, nudge-nudge, know-what-I-mean" round-about sort of way. Thank you

    Away: 1-3
    West: 1-1
    Home: 2-0
    East: 2-1
    Nov 10
    Nov 13
    Nov 14
    Nov 16


    Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)
    Jeff Pendergraph - headache (day-to-day)

    Jose Barea - left mid-foot sprain (questionable)
    Kevin Love - right hand fracture (out)
    Ricky Rubio - left ACL/MCL tear (out)

    Jared Wade: 4th-Quarter Collapse Mars Good Indiana Showing

    People will justifiably clown that fourth-quarter meltdown in which the Pacers scored
    just 9 points in the period, coughed up a double-digit lead and went five minutes
    without hitting a shot. And any basketball players that do such a thing barely have
    the right to be called professionals on this day.

    But ya know what?

    This loss in Atlanta was the most encouraging sign yet that the Pacers aren’t totally
    cooked without Danny Granger for the next few months. Because, really, in order to
    collapse, you do actually have to be in total control for the game. And Indiana was.
    For a few hot seconds, anyway.

    In the third quarter it even got to the point where you stop even glancing at the score
    because one team, Indiana, was controlling the game so much. From the other
    perspective, you could write the same thing about the Hawks: they had one terrible
    stretch but started and closed the game really well, which is what matters. Well,
    Indiana won the middle of the game. Sure, winners and winners and loser are losers
    and monster trucks and COME AT ME BRO and extreme sports and No Fear t-shirts and
    all that. But it aint even mid-November and nothing truly matters yet, so let’s not harp
    on details. Whether you’re 2-3 or 3-2 isn’t preordaining your season.

    The key takeaway, to me, is less about the discouraging but hopefully not deeply
    significant collapse. It was watching the Pacers, for the first time this season, string
    together two excellent offensive quarters. In the second period, they shot 11-for-21
    (52.4%), had 7 assists on those 11 buckets and scored 25 points despite only hitting
    one three and no free throws. You would like them to get to the line, but they got
    everyone involved and just generally looked cohesive. Eight players scored in quarter
    and nobody made more than 2 FGs. Nice distribution. Meanwhile, Lance Stephenson
    played all 12 minutes and just looked flat-out good. He looked like flat-out trash
    during the fourth-quarter collapse, but we’ll just pretend, for now, that that part of
    the game film got lost in the mail...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s

    Tom Westerholm: A CHANGE OF PACE - Some Derrick Williams Optimism

    Synergy Sports got themselves online this week, which has been immensely fun for
    two reasons. First, Synergy’s in-depth statistical analysis immediately raises the level
    of basketball discourse, both on Twitter and in basketball writing. Second, it allows for
    an incredible amount of #smallsamplesizetheater, a Twitter hashtag designated for
    basketball fans who get too excited by James Harden averaging over 40 ppg after his
    first two games and the Lakers starting the season 1-4.

    But while Minnesota’s first four games aren’t a large enough sample size to draw
    absolute conclusions from, they ARE enough of a sample size for us to examine early
    season tendencies and flaws.

    Through four games, Derrick Williams, per Synergy Sports, has averaged 0.78 ppp in
    50 opportunities. But that fairly disappointing number is actually inflated thanks to an
    extremely efficient game against Orlando. While Williams averaged just 0.62 ppp (bad)
    and 0.53 ppp (atrocious) against Brooklyn and Sacramento respectively, he averaged
    1.27 against Orlando. So what changed? Why was Williams SO much better against the

    The first (and easiest) answer is that Williams was used much less. While Williams had
    a usage rate of 32.6% against Brooklyn, higher than Kevin Durant’s usage rate most
    nights, it was back down to a much more manageable 16.6% against the Magic. So that
    was undoubtedly part of the improvement.

    But, even with a nod to #smallsamplesizetheater improving Williams’ points per
    possession efficiency, he clearly played better basketball against Orlando. One thing
    that may have helped him was Glen Davis’ bad defense. There are undoubtedly worse
    defenders than Davis in the post, but when he is forced to stretch his defense to the
    perimeter, Davis struggles inordinately, as he is neither particularly athletic nor is he
    particularly long-limbed to contest jumpers. Look at this freeze frame from the first
    quarter, right before Williams (spotting up) hits his first 3-pointer:

    I understand that Williams isn’t the kind of player who terrifies opponents from 3-point
    range, but that’s ENTIRELY too much space. Williams has no reason to hesitate. When
    he hesitates, his shot is screwed. Whether he back-rims the field goal attempt or just
    heaves it off the side of the backboard, a shot that gives Williams pause simply isn’t a
    shot that’s going in. But here he is able to catch and fire away immediately, and he
    takes advantage.

    So Williams’ success was due in part...CONTINUE READING AT HOWLIN' T WOLF

    Mike Wells @MikeWellsNBA
    Jared Wade @8pts9secs
    Tim Donahue @TimDonahue8p9s
    Tom Lewis @indycornrows

    Jerry Zgoda @JerryZgoda
    Howlin' T Wolf @howlintwolf
    Punch-Drunk Wolves @PDWolves
    A Wolf Among Wolves @A_W_A_W
    Last edited by avoidingtheclowns; 11-09-2012, 05:19 PM.
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  • #2
    Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

    That T Wolves Clip makes me miss Granger. :-(
    There is no NBA player named Monte Ellis.


    • #3
      Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

      Lance should be starting.
      First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.


      • #4
        Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

        Hope to see some LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU tonight


        • #5
          Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

          Originally posted by Sparhawk View Post
          Lance should be starting.
          None of them has really set themselves apart as being deserving to least leaps and bounds above the next guy.


          • #6
            Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

            Lance has played head and shoulders better. He is playing like a back-up, not like a starter, but he has clearly played better than Green and Young.


            • #7
              Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

              Damn technical difficulties! Get it together LP Broadband! Grrrr.
              "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

              "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." - Voltaire

              "Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others." - William Greider


              • #8
                Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

                Originally posted by gummy View Post
                Damn technical difficulties! Get it together LP Broadband! Grrrr.
                Feel like there is always problems with League Pass.


                • #9
                  Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

                  "Danny Granger is one of the top players in the league. To move Danny, you better get a lot back." - Larry Bird


                  • #10
                    Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

                    Originally posted by Eleazar View Post
                    Feel like there is always problems with League Pass.
                    It worked damn near flawlessly for me last season.


                    I just submitted a ticket. We'll see if that goes anywhere before the game is over.
                    "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

                    "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." - Voltaire

                    "Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others." - William Greider


                    • #11
                      Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

                      Please sign Peitrus so we don't see Young anymore
                      "So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.


                      • #12
                        Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

                        I watched 30 seconds of Mavs vs. Knicks and OJ Mayo made a three, then a super long three, then threw a full court assist.
                        "Danny Granger is one of the top players in the league. To move Danny, you better get a lot back." - Larry Bird


                        • #13
                          Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

                          Presumably those of you with the TV version of LP are able to see this game?
                          "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

                          "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." - Voltaire

                          "Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others." - William Greider


                          • #14
                            Is anyone able to watch the game on League Pass?

                            Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk 2

                            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
                              Re: 11/9/2012 Game Thread #6: Pacers Vs. Wolves

                              watching it from pre-show 8 pm your time it started all.
                              no problems
                              So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

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