Knicks-Pacers Game 1: Was Carmelo Anthony the victim of uncalled fouls?

It's become something of a common refrain among Knicks fans that Carmelo Anthony "never gets any calls." (Full disclosure: I am a Knicks fan, though I do not belong to this particular sect of fandom.) The story goes that the ratio of contact taken to fouls drawn for Carmelo is very high, and that he … [Read more...]

Post-ups Key in Pacers Game 2 Win

The Indiana Pacers struggled to score throughout much of the regular season. By the end of January, they were registering only 98.9 points per 100 possessions, which would rank 27th in the league had it marked their full season effort, per NBA.com. For the next two months, though, the Pacers went on … [Read more...]

Pinpoint Indiana Execution, Bad Clipper Rotations Lead to Pacers Victory

The Indiana Pacers are not exactly known for their offense. While they sport the stingiest defensive unit in the league, Frank Vogel's team ranks just 18th overall in offensive efficiency at 102.0 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. Over the last month or so, however, that number has taken a … [Read more...]

Pacers, Sixers and Clippers Using Flex-y Screens to Create Open Looks

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we’ve got … [Read more...]

Indiana’s Defensive Miscommunication Seals Their Fate

During the final possessions of the Hawks win over the Pacers, communication on the defense proved to be the game's deciding factor. Let’s take a look at what went wrong for the Pacers and right for the Hawks. Down by one with 19 seconds remaining, the Pacers were forced to foul in order to get … [Read more...]