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Pacers Preview 1/12, 3 on 3

Who: Indiana Pacers vs Charlotte Bobcats
What: NBA Basketball – Pacers Home Game
When: 1/12/13 at 7pm
Where: Live at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Indiana 22-14 97.8 (28) 95.4 (1) 92.4 (28)
Charlotte 9-26 99.1(25) 108.4 (30) 94.8 (9)

Previous Meetings:
11/2/12 – 90-89 CLT- Boxscore

Indiana: FILL IN
Charlotte: Byron Mullens – out

Starting Lineups

Pacers Bobcats
PG George Hill Kemba Walker
SG Lance Stephenson Jeffery Taylor
SF Paul George Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF David West Hakim Warrick
C Roy Hibbert Bismack Biyombo
6th Man Gerald Green Ramon Sessions

1- STATS: Bobcats fans can relate to Pacers fans while watching their team on the offensive end — it doesn’t come easy. Coach Vogel is an old school type of coach, so Indiana plays at a snails pace as well. The Pacers do the dirty work first, so to speak — their 1st in Defensive Efficiency (95.4) and 3rd in Rebound Rate (52.4). On the opposite end, the Bobcats are dead last in Defensive Efficiency (108.1) and 22nd in Rebound Rate (48.4). Needless to say, these are two very opposite styles of basketball. How can the Bobcats score against and breakdown this rugged style of basketball Indiana plays?

TFD Response: Every defense can be beaten, but the only thing opponents have had any consistent success exploiting against the Pacers has been the mid-range out of the PnR/PnP. Vogel’s scheme keeps Roy Hibbert (assuming he plays – back spasms) in position to protect the rim, and West isn’t exactly fleet of foot. They will give teams those shots all night long. Failing that, I’d commit to attacking the bigs at the rim. Get the officials in the mood to blow the whistle, and it will affect this physical Pacer D. It’s going to take hitting the shots they give you, and more than a little luck to have success at the offensive end.

Greg: 1. It’s a good question. The Pacers don’t have a lot of defensive weaknesses, so I’m not sure if there’s a strategic element where Charlotte can gain a clear edge.

One solution could be shuffling the Bobcats’ rotation. I’m sure Dunlap is under a lot of pressure to play his young guys, but it might be an opportunity to remove Jeff Taylor and Hakim Warrick from the starting lineup. They’re both positive defensive influences, according to the on-court/off-court splits at NBA.com, but tend to deflate the offense (Warrick in particular). Giving Gerald Henderson and Jeff Adrien a shot could help prevent another big first-quarter deficit.

Mathew: Speed the game up and take some chances. We already know the Bobcats will come out and attempt to play at a quicker pace than the Pacers are comfortable with. However, they’ll need to take some calculated risks in order to assert their style of play and in turn have a shot at a win. Look for the perimeter players to take a few gambles on steals to ignite the break. It may also behoove them to double Hibbert and West in the post and attempt to make the Pacers beat them from deep, as their 26th in the League in three point percentage.

2- PAUL GEORGE: This rising star has made huge leaps this season — he’s averaging 4.8 more PPG & 1.9 more RPG this season than last.

Tim- What’s been the biggest difference in George’ game this season that has led to the breakout?

TFD Response – Granger’s absence is the biggest difference – primarily because it has given Paul George more chances to hone his game, not because Granger & George don’t play well together. (They do.) There’s no question that George has an impressive display of physical weapons and a very nice NBA skill set. However, the best part about the kid is that it’s all attached to a bright, inquisitive mind and a rock solid personality. Paul George is an apprentice at this point, on his way to becoming a skilled – perhaps master – craftsman. He gets as much value out of his failures as his successes and responds very well to adversity. He learns from everything, and the more he learns, the more he can learn.

QCH- What package would you give up if you were Rich Cho to get George?

Greg: It’s hard to work out a reasonable deal that the Pacers might find attractive; they seem invested in George as a cornerstone for the future. If they were willing to deal him, they could probably use some help at point guard — DJ Augustin has flamed out pretty badly this year. A package built around Ramon Sessions and Henderson might be worthwhile for the Bobcats.

Mathew: To be honest, I don’t know if the Pacers would consider trading him for anyone on the Bobcats’ roster outside of a swap for MKG – which I wouldn’t do from the Bobcats’ perspective. However, if they were willing to move George and I were in Cho’s position I would probably offer a package centered around Kemba and picks.

3- PICK IT: Charlotte comes into tonight on a two game slide and winners in just 2 of their last 22 games, while Indiana has won 9 of their last 11 games. Not to mention, the most recent wins for the Pacers came against the top two teams in the east — Miami & New York. Everyone taking the Pacers?

The Pacers are just so good defensively at home right now – they’ve held their last five opponents in Bankers Life Fieldhouse below 93 points per 100 possessions, at an average of 88 per 100 – that I really don’t see Charlotte being able to pull off the victory. Still, the Bobcats are undefeated against the Pacers this year, and Indy rarely runs away from teams. Charlotte will have opportunities.

Greg: Yep. Last night’s effort against the Raptors wasn’t exactly encouraging, and the Bobcats had a long night of traveling to get to Indy. I just hope they don’t come out as flat as they did on Friday.

Mathew: Pacers. The Pacers are a better team and playing at home – not much analysis necessary.