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4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

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  • 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks


    MAYBE WIN A COUPLE
    IN ATLANTA?


    -VS-



    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
    Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
    Officials: T. Brothers, M. Ayotte, T. Washington, J. Williams

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Atlanta Notes
    Television: / FOX Sports Indiana / SportSouth / NBA TV (Canada)
    Radio: WFNI 1070 AM, 107.5 FM / WZGC 92.9 FM
    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


    1
    57-27
    Away: 21-20
    1
    39-45
    Home: 24-17
    Apr 26
    Apr 28
    May 01
    May 03
    2:00pm
    8:00pm
    TBD
    TBD
    HIBBERT
    WEST
    GEORGE
    STEPHENSON
    HILL
    ANTIC
    MILLSAP
    CARROLL
    KORVER
    TEAGUE


    PACERS
    Andrew Bynum – racing Fesenko to be Pacers' least effective midseason pivot pickup (out)


    HAWKS
    Gustavo Ayon - right shoulder surgery (out)
    Al Horford - right pectoral muscle surgery (out)
    John Jenkins - lower back surgery (out)




    Jon Washburn: An In-Depth Look at the Pacers’ Screening in Game Two

    Over the past month and a half, basketball analysts have tried in vain to figure out what
    has been wrong with the Indiana offense. The flaws have been far more subtle than
    normal. Basketball geniuses like Zach Lowe even decided, after much research, that the
    Pacers are simply “not playing basketball as well.”

    Indeed, not much has seemed to change in Indiana’s offense from the start of the
    season. Usage rates for each player have remained remarkably consistent. Only Roy
    Hibbert has seen his shot attempts decline, and even his decrease in looks hasn’t been
    an outlier of sorts. The only substantial difference is that the entire team, across the
    board, seemed to have forgotten how to shoot the ball. After shooting 47% as a team
    in December, the Pacers shot 45% and 42% in February and March.

    Still, ardent fans of the Pacers “felt” that something just seemed different. The offense
    wasn’t flowing the way it should. George Hill was being too passive. Paul George and
    Lance Stephenson were forcing the issue. Roy Hibbert was being Todd MacCulluch-y.
    But was there something more tangible?

    After the Pacers awful loss at home to the Hawks two weeks ago, basketball expert
    Haralabos Voulgaris tweeted that they went through the whole game without setting a
    proper screen on offense. Since then, several writers at 8pts9seconds have been
    wondering if there was more truth to that than anyone wanted to admit. Unfortunately,
    no real stats (at least stats that are available to the fans and the media) exist
    regarding in-game screens. It’s borderline amazing the amount of information that the
    new SportVU cameras have provided us with, and yet, there are still holes in the story.

    So last night, I decided to watch the game and solely focus on the screens that both
    teams set throughout the game. Admittedly, this was a tough task, but it did provide
    us with some interesting information.

    A few ground rules:
    1. Keeping track of every single on-ball and off-ball screen from a basketball
      game is probably more difficult than you would imagine – I did my best and
      used my DVR to the best of my ability – these numbers may be slightly off,
      but they are at least a good estimate.
    2. Determining whether a screen was “successful” or not is obviously
      somewhat subjective in nature. My criteria was whether the player working
      off the screen saw enough daylight to attempt a shot or start an open drive
      to the basket.
    3. While dribble hand-offs are just as good as screens, they were not
      included in last night’s numbers for the completely arbitrary reason that I
      decided not to record them.
    4. Attempted screens that were denied by the ball-handler (for instance, if
      David West came to set a high screen but George Hill were to drive the
      other way because his defender was “cheating” over the screen) were not
      included in tonight’s numbers.
    5. If a player attempted to make one screen, failed, and then immediately
      turned to set another screen for the same player in the same area, this was
      only counted as one screen attempt.
    6. Since oftentimes three and four screens are set on inbounds plays, none
      of these screens were counted as they didn’t come within the regular flow
      of the offense.
    7. Both teams pulled their starters with about six minutes left in the game
      – stats were taken for garbage time, but were not deemed relevant enough
      to be included in this game synopsis.


    On to the numbers!


    A few quick notes to summarize:
    • For the game, Indiana successfully executed 19 of 48 screens, with 12 of
      those screens coming off the ball. Conversely, Atlanta was 39 of 69, with 27
      of those coming via on-ball pick-and-roll type variations.
    • Atlanta had 90 offensive possessions while Indiana had 87 on the night,
      meaning that the Pacers averaged 0.54 screens per possession while Atlanta
      averaged 0.77.
    • Atlanta successfully executed 73% of its on-ball screens while Indy could
      only muster 37%. As anyone that has ever played basketball can tell you,
      this probably has more to do with the ball-handler than the actual screener,
      as it’s the ball handler’s job to run his man into the screen. This definitely
      matches up with the good old eye-test, as Jeff Teague is a wizard with a
      screener while Lance Stephenson, Paul George, and George Hill all appear to
      feel more comfortable with more space or even in isolation-type situations.
    • Atlanta’s bigs are screen-setting monsters. In the first half, Pero Antic and
      Paul Millsap connected on 14 of 20 screens while Indiana as a whole was only
      good for 11 of 23. For the game, Antic, Millsap, and Elton Brand successfully
      executed 31 total screens, 50% more than the entire Pacers’ roster.
    • While the number of screens per quarter for Atlanta stayed pretty
      consistent, the Pacers set far more screens from different places in the
      game-changing 3rd quarter. This is what we will focus on for the remainder
      of this piece.
    • A simple look at the box score will tell you that the Pacers made their big
      second half run when Paul George and George Hill started to get into their
      groove. Indeed, the Georges combined for 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting
      during that stretch, and Pacers fans were once again delighted to see their
      point guard become the aggressor.


    What was so interesting, though...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s

    Kevin Zimmerman: Pacers find old magic in 3rd quarter against Hawks

    The Indiana Pacers regained their attacking defensive mentality and began sharing the
    ball again, but they especially did so with a few new faces.


    It started with aggressiveness. The Indiana Pacers trailed the Atlanta Hawks, 52-48, at
    halftime of Game 2 on Tuesday night, but something looked different to start the third
    quarter.

    Offensively, the ball whipped around. Indiana seemed set on posting David West and
    Roy Hibbert despite the latter's recent woes, and the familiar perimeter starters were
    neither taking early attempts nor wasting their dribbles. Paul George, Lance
    Stephenson and George Hill were definitive.

    Defensively, most of the Hawks' shots were contested. Even Hibbert, for as bad of a
    matchup the floor-stretching Hawks are for him, was getting a hand up on perimeter
    shots and working to recover after the fact. On pick-and-rolls, he wasn't being picked
    on, either. The Pacers, led by a determined George, were getting deflections and
    putting enough pressure on the ball to get Atlanta out of rhythm.

    But after all that, the Pacers went into a timeout with just a 68-65 lead and 3:30 to
    play in the third quarter. Head coach Frank Vogel substituted C.J. Watson and Ian
    Mahinmi and kept starters George, Hill and West on the court. That's when the dam
    burst, leading to a 101-85 Pacers win.

    Indiana finished the quarter on an 11-0 run after the timeout, and behind a smaller
    lineup finally broke the Hawks' offense. It was so hectic that even somewhat open
    looks by Atlanta felt rushed as the Pacers ran at the shooters. The Hawks missed
    their final six shot attempts, and by the end of the period had gone 5-for-20 from
    the floor. The bench trio of Lou Williams, Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott went 0-for-
    7 combined.


    Offensively, the Pacers went 12-for-16 on field goals and had eight assists. Indiana
    took 18 spot-up attempts for the game, scoring at a blistering 1.4 points per
    possession, according to Synergy Sports, but the third quarter was different. In the
    final three-plus minutes, West bullied his way inside and then twice found Hill
    cutting to the hoop for two of the point guard's five baskets in the quarter, all of
    which were in the paint.


    George capped the third...CONTINUE READING AT SB NATION

    Matt Dollinger: Pacers take frustrations out on Hawks to even series

    After sleepwalking through the first six quarters of the playoffs (and the last month of
    the regular season), the Indiana Pacers snapped out of their extended snooze Tuesday,
    clobbering the Atlanta Hawks 101-85 in Game 2 to even their first-round series 1-1.

    The Pacers aren’t back, but they’re at least starting to get up. Let’s keep Indiana’s
    blowout Game 2 victory in perspective. Beating a sub-.500 team at home is several
    hundred miles short of the NBA’s mountain top. There’s no denying that Indy’s 16-pt
    win was a promising sign for a team that resembled a blue-and-gold dumpster fire
    three days ago, but the Pacers still have plenty of problems to figure out. They trailed
    by double-digits in the first half once again against Atlanta and didn’t start to resemble
    the team that claimed the East’s No. 1 seed until midway through the third quarter.

    That’s when a month of frustrating, fatigue, fed-up stars and frankly horrible basketball
    spilled over and swept the Hawks away. Indiana closed the third quarter on a 24-6 run
    and capped the period with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Paul George (27 points,
    10 rebounds and six assists) that brought a cathartic explosion from the Fieldhouse.


    It was more a celebration of relief than joy. Finally. Indiana had been suffocating in a
    cloud of losing for over four weeks. Finally, it had a feel-good moment to rally around.
    Finally, it started to look like the team that was consensus title contender the first four
    months of the season.

    The Pacers went on to outscore the Hawks 55-33 in the second half, cruising to a much-
    needed win before heading to Atlanta for two games. But they would be foolish to let
    its guard down now. This is a team that lost 10 of 13 games at one point during March
    and April and got outplayed by one of the worst No. 8 seeds in NBA history for the first
    six quarters of this series.

    Several issues remain glaring, none more unsightly than the Pacers’ 7-foot-2 quandary
    of a center, Roy Hibbert. Indy seems dead-set on force-feeding Hibbert until he shoots
    himself out of his slump, something that might not be the wisest strategy.

    Hibbert scored just six points and shot 1-of-7 in Game 2. Over his last 15 games, he’s
    shooting only 29.5 percent. That’s a startling number for any player, much less one
    with a significant height advantage that attempts almost 70 percent of his shots from
    within 10 feet of the hoop.

    Game 2 gave Indiana a series-squaring win and a sense of optimism — but not a
    solution for every one of its issues accumulated over the last four weeks.

    The Pacers needed Luis Scola. Of course, he was ready. This season has been a
    tough adjustment...CONTINUE READING AT THE POINT FORWARD

    Increased Transparency Reveal Awards Voting is More Broken Than We Thought

    The most fun sideshow of the playoffs is awards season, where seemingly every day a
    new award winner is announced. Nothing will top Dirk Nowitzki accepting the MVP trophy
    while his Mavericks were getting bludgeoned by the eight seed Warriors in 2007, but this
    awards season does have a new wrinkle: transparency.

    Due to pressure from the Professional Basketball Writers Association (of which I am a
    member), and especially President Mary Schmitt Boyer, this year all award votes are
    made public. The call for this to happen intensified last year when a lone voter
    prevented LeBron James from an MVP sweep, inexplicably voting for Carmelo Anthony
    instead. Dan Le Batard took advantage of the anonymous nature of the balloting and
    trolled everybody by pretending it was him for awhile before Boston Globe columnist
    revealed in a column that he was the one that had voted for Anthony.

    In the abstract, increased transparency is a good thing and I fully support the PBWA’s
    push to make this happen. But just a few votes in, increased transparency has raised
    many more questions than it has answered.

    Why are team and quasi-team employees allowed to vote?

    Sam Smith, a writer for Bulls.com has a vote. John Denton, a writer for OrlandoMagic
    .com has a vote. Walt Frazier, broadcaster for the MSG Network (whose executive
    chairman is Knicks owner James Dolan) has a vote. Chris Marlowe and Jason Kosmicki
    of Altitude Sports and Entertainment (owned by Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke) have
    votes. I’m sure there are more examples if I delved into the ownership structure of
    every regional sports network, but you get the point.

    The conflicts of interest here are huge and obvious. Do any of these voters feel
    pressure—whether explicit or implicit—from their employers on who to vote for? Do
    they feel it necessary to support certain candidates to stay in the good graces of the
    person who cuts the paychecks? For their part, the NBA is unconcerned, with NBA
    Senior VP of Communications Tim Frank telling me that while the NBA monitors all
    votes, they aren’t really concerned and, “just haven’t seen any type of bias”. That
    may well be true, but when it comes to conflicts of interest, the appearance of one
    can be just as damaging as a conflict itself.

    This concern is also present, though not as acute, for people who aren’t employees but
    regularly cover one team. Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro, for instance,
    wrote a great piece on how teammates griped when he didn’t vote for Brandon Webb
    as Cy Young, and generally the pressure he feels as an awards voters. His conclusion
    though, seems sound: “hiding behind anonymity isn’t the answer”.

    Why does the media even vote on awards in the first place?

    For six years the AP’s college football rankings were a major component of the formula
    that determined which two teams played in the college football national championship
    game. But in 2004 the AP pulled out, with the AP’s sports editor saying the decision was,
    “prompted by reading and hearing stories from voters of ethical concerns and harassing
    e-mail messages and phone calls.” The Charlotte Observer’s sports editor said, “’My
    issue was with the ethics of reporters determining where all that money went. I didn’t
    think that was right.”

    These concerns aren’t quite as pronounced...CONTINUE READING AT THE DISS



    Pacers
    Candace Buckner @CandaceDBuckner
    Jared Wade @8pts9secs
    Tim Donahue @TimDonahue8p9s
    Tom Lewis @indycornrows
    Ian Levy @HickoryHigh
    Whitney @its_whitney

    Hawks
    Chris Vivlamore @ajchawks
    Jason Walker @JasonWalkerSBN
    Kris Willis @Kris_Willis
    Bo Churney @bochurney
    Raj Prashad @RajPrashad
    Co Co @cocoqt81

    This is the darkest timeline.

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    Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

    thanks, brilliant as usual
    So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

    If you've done 6 impossible things today?
    Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!

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      Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

      I came into the playoffs concerned we wouldn't get out of the first round, convinced we wouldn't get out of the second.

      That second half the other night gave me hope. Reading comments from Heat fans have reignited my passion.

      Its time to stomp the Hawks, then the Bulls/Wizards, because this season will be a waste if we don't at least get a shot at the Heat. I am tired of their arrogance and fans, lets finish this season with something to be proud of, if we go down, lets go down swinging.
      https://www.twitch.tv/xxSnEaKyPxx
      https://www.youtube.com/xxSnEaKyPxx

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      • #4
        Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

        We got this game. I feel good about it for some reason.

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        • #5
          Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

          Heat "fans" are the worst...


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          • #6
            4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

            Will NBATV be blacked out for us locals?

            Never mind...NBATV IS BLACKED OUT...must watch foxsports
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            Last edited by PaulGeorgeHill; 04-24-2014, 07:01 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

              I want to see the same defensive effort we had in the third in game 2 from the tip off in game 3.

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              • #8
                Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                Time to get back into the driver's seat! Let's go!

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                • #9
                  Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                  It's Scola time!

                  Everyone get your Scola Cola!
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                  • #10
                    Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                    LETS GO.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                      Did Atlanta sell out? This might not be a playoff atmosphere tonight


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                      • #12
                        Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                        Lets get it going! Go Pacers!

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                        • #13
                          Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                          PG24 will shine again im feeling it

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                          • #14
                            Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                            Hoping for a good start to settle my nerves.

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                            • #15
                              Re: 4/24/2014 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #3: Pacers Vs. Hawks

                              Looking kinda empty at tip....

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