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willandi
10-18-2017, 08:29 PM
19 7-7 0-0 2-3 4 3 7 1 0 0 1 3 -4 16

19 minutes off the bench, didn't shoot any threes, 7 for 7 from the floor, 7 boards , 1 assist 1 TO.

Good start for a power forward!

webspinnre
10-18-2017, 09:02 PM
Nice that they're actually trying to utilize him properly.

Mojo13
10-19-2017, 09:50 AM
Pacer fans are really high on him.
Most think he will be starting later in the year once Thad Young is traded.

https://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1625114

willandi
10-24-2017, 07:44 PM
25 7-7 0-0 1-2 3 8 11 5 0 0 3 3 +9 15

Another good game. A double double on 7-7 shooting!

Kong-Kool-Aid
10-25-2017, 06:18 AM
https://youtu.be/SmAzhamzYVQ

Highlights of Sabonis

webspinnre
10-27-2017, 02:53 PM
From Zach Lowe's like and don't like column, my own emphasis added:


9. Domantas Sabonis, being mean

Would you look at what happens when a large human with some skill does more than stand around the arc delivering dribble handoffs and trembling in fear of missing any shot off a pass from Russell Westbrook!

Sabonis has rediscovered the paint, and he's cramming all over fools. He dunked 15 times all last season; he's up to four after just five games in Indy. Sabonis has effectively played center next to Thaddeus Young and T.J. Leaf while Myles Turner recovers, and those guys cede the lane to him. He's slinking into open space on the pick-and-roll, and making plays -- short jumpers, and mean-spirited drives to the rim. He's shooting 58 percent!

The go-go Pacers zoom into side pick-and-rolls before the defense can gird itself to keep Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo from slicing into the middle, and bouncing easy pocket passes to Sabas:


Hanging around the rim has reawakened Sabonis' offensive rebounding; at this rate, he'll grab more before Thanksgiving than he did all of last season.

There are downsides, of course. Almost any lineup with Sabonis at center will struggle on defense; the Pacers rank 29th in points allowed per possession. He has played only five minutes alongside Turner -- all in the ludicrous speed opener against Brooklyn -- and it's unclear how those two fit. They each shoot well enough to make it work on offense, but juggling assignments on the other end might be tricky.

Still: Indy has to be thrilled with the early-season play of the Paul George return.


http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21172847/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-giannis-antetokounmpo-nba

Radbooks
10-27-2017, 04:02 PM
Here is a cool interview with Domas by someone from their broadcasting team:

http://www.nba.com/pacers/video/domantas-sabonis-on-early-season-success

ZagNative
10-27-2017, 08:48 PM
Love Dmas. What a nice, humble guy ... Thanks for sharing!


Here is a cool interview with Domas by someone from their broadcasting team:

http://www.nba.com/pacers/video/domantas-sabonis-on-early-season-success

webspinnre
10-27-2017, 09:51 PM
"This system just suits me better as a player."

I'll say.

willandi
10-29-2017, 02:58 PM
33 9-9 1-1 3-4 2 10 12 2 1 1 1 3 +22 22

Another good game by Domas, double/double with 22 and 12.

Followed online. When Domas was in, the pacers pulled away. When he went out, the Spurs caught up and finally passed the Pacers. They left Domas in and pulled out the win. Had 2 assists officially and at least 2 blocks.

ZagNative
10-29-2017, 03:05 PM
Wow. Good stuff. Happy for Domas that he's found such a good fit with the Pacers.

From Twitter:

Dan Dakich‏Verified account @dandakich

Helluva win by @Pacers ..24-12 Run to win it ...Pacers absolutely stole Oladipo and Sabonis from OKC..donít believe any National guys

Jstock12
10-29-2017, 03:16 PM
Maybe he's better than Eric Mika after all.

:doh:

willandi
10-29-2017, 03:18 PM
Maybe he's better than Eric Mika after all.

:doh:

:clap::clap:

ZagNative
10-29-2017, 03:23 PM
Twitter is fun today, with everyone stunned by Domas' performance. I liked this one:

Robby Davis‏ @davisrobby
Replying to @FredKatz

Is it fair to argue that the Thunder misused Sabonis last year based on what we have seen this season?

Jstock12
10-29-2017, 03:41 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85R75lNYByU

Radbooks
10-29-2017, 06:32 PM
So fun to watch him do well!!

webspinnre
10-29-2017, 09:59 PM
Twitter is fun today, with everyone stunned by Domas' performance. I liked this one:

Lol. Gee, you think?

GonzagasaurusFlex
10-30-2017, 04:53 AM
Sabonis oozing confidence! Westbrook a great talent but takes up a lot of oxygen. Oladipo and Sabonis breathing and playing much easier with Pacers.

LongIslandZagFan
10-31-2017, 05:23 PM
Another nice night. 12 p 16 r 5a

At this rate... I’m beginning to think the Pacers pulled a fast one on the Thunder who had no clue how to use Sabonis

willandi
10-31-2017, 05:37 PM
Another nice night. 12 p 16 r 5a

At this rate... I’m beginning to think the Pacers pulled a fast one on the Thunder who had no clue how to use Sabonis

Totally agree! He's averaging a double/double.

And he can hit the occasional three!

willandi
11-01-2017, 06:06 PM
37 6-15 0-0 3-4 1 11 12 6 0 1 3 3 +9 15

Another double/double. 15 points, 12 boards and 6 assists.

Ekrub
11-02-2017, 05:38 AM
Another nice night. 12 p 16 r 5a

At this rate... I’m beginning to think the Pacers pulled a fast one on the Thunder who had no clue how to use Sabonis

Sabonis and oladipo were good value for PG. A steal if he only stays at OKC for one year. However, a bit concerned about his production when turner is back and healthy.

Bogozags
11-09-2017, 05:04 PM
No mention of DS in the Pacer vs Piston box score? This seems pretty unusual...thinking way out of the box, but could he have been traded - under the table so to speak?

NontradZag
11-09-2017, 05:13 PM
No mention of DS in the Pacer vs Piston box score? This seems pretty unusual...thinking way out of the box, but could he have been traded - under the table so to speak?

Bruised calf, DNP on ESPN. Nothing more than an injury. With Turner back, they have the luxury of sitting 'Don't Miss'.


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Bogozags
11-10-2017, 09:46 AM
Bruised calf, DNP on ESPN. Nothing more than an injury. With Turner back, they have the luxury of sitting 'Don't Miss'.

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THANKS for the update...

ZagNative
11-13-2017, 01:01 AM
So much fun watching Domas make all the haters of the Paul George trade eat their words!

Box Score Pacers-Rockets (http://scores.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400974941). Domas with 17 points on 7-10 shooting in 23 minutes with 5 rebounds, a steal, and a couple of assists.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLV4R8Z6mbo

And I loved Mike Allrght's raving about Domas in this video from a few days ago:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVpAfrqXeu0

bartruff1
11-13-2017, 05:40 AM
I understand that when they played the Thunder, Domas was asked if he would talk to his former teammates and he said something to the effect...."No....I was there....I know how they roll...."

I am disappointed in Billy, when he calls a timeout, Westbrook doesn't even join in the huddle around the coach to hear what he has to say...... now I am glad they are not in Seattle..

Birddog
11-13-2017, 07:35 AM
I understand that when they played the Thunder, Domas was asked if he would talk to his former teammates and he said something to the effect...."No....I was there....I know how they roll...."
That quote was about speaking to the Thunder players in the locker room after the game. He was seen chatting with Adams among others pre game.

Jstock12
11-13-2017, 10:37 AM
That quote was about speaking to the Thunder players in the locker room after the game. He was seen chatting with Adams among others pre game.

I believe Russell Westbrook is known for not speaking to any of his opponents before the game, doesn't matter if they're good friends or not. Maybe that's what Sabonis was referring to.

Jstock12
11-14-2017, 02:41 AM
A list of ALL 6'9+ players in the NBA history to shoot better than 60% from the field and average more than 2.5 assists:

https://i.imgur.com/lVN0BFf.png

:D

Zags_Fanatic
11-20-2017, 10:34 AM
Watching Sabonis and the Pacers this season has been so damn fun. So many team first players starting with Oladipo and Sabonis. Without a doubt my NBA team that I have been waiting for since the Sonics were stolen away and it will be fun watching Indiana get better over the next few years with this talented young core.

This season is also going to reflect really well on Coach Few and the staff because Indiana is basically utilizing Domas the same way Gonzaga did and the results vs. trying to stretch him out last year have been remarkable.

GonzagasaurusFlex
11-28-2017, 02:20 AM
Sabonis w 19pts on 5-7 shooting, 8 rbds, 5 assists in 27 minutes as Pacers beat Magic last night (11/27).

IMADEYOUREADTHIS
11-28-2017, 08:59 AM
He's a beast, and in my opinion has the best chance of being the best GU player not named Stockton to play in the NBA.

webspinnre
12-11-2017, 08:00 AM
Just pulled up the season numbers. Domas currently has the third best efficiency rating on the Pacers, behind Oladipo and Al Jefferson, and both he and Oladipo currently have better efficiency ratings than Paul George! Using either efficiency ratings or estimated wins added, Domas is showing up as in the 50s or 60s overall in the entire NBA, which is fabulous for a second year player.

northsidezagfan
12-15-2017, 09:05 PM
Still playing well, but numbers down a bit with Turner coming back. Great highlight here...

https://www.sbnation.com/2017/12/15/16783646/domantas-sabonis-poster-dunk-video-highlights-tweet-thunder

ZionZag
12-16-2017, 03:39 AM
On espn watch you can watch Sabonis's thunder dunk this morning....

bballbeachbum
12-16-2017, 06:49 AM
On espn watch you can watch Sabonis's thunder dunk this morning....


http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=21779694

dig the bench's reaction too

bartruff1
12-16-2017, 07:28 AM
He looks bigger and stronger and quicker and faster....a incredible athlete....he should have a long career in the NBA...

ZagNative
12-17-2017, 06:53 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxWnJF8mYIM

Zerogame
12-21-2017, 09:15 AM
Impressive!

former1dog
12-21-2017, 09:42 AM
Does Sabonis have Kevin McHale potential?

Jstock12
12-21-2017, 10:59 AM
Does Sabonis have Kevin McHale potential?

Pretty different players. McHale was much longer, had a ridiculous wingspan and averaged 2-3 blocks per game. McHale also had a more versatile post-game, whereas Domas very heavily favors his left. But I think Domas is more physical and is a better screener and rebounder. Let's not forget that McHale is a hall-of-famer though. Everything would need to go right for Domas, and he would have to fully realize his potential to even come close to the Celtic legend.

ZagNative
01-03-2018, 11:44 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA8dCdIjowQ

Zagdawg
01-04-2018, 08:57 AM
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Martin Centre Mad Man
01-13-2018, 04:22 AM
Sabonis had a double-double with twelve points and fifteen rebounds in the Pacers’ 95-97 win over the Cavs.

ZagNative
01-13-2018, 11:52 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx16WFzacDk

ZagNative
01-20-2018, 10:40 AM
Brilliant article about Domas, with a lot of Gonzaga mentions, from CBS Sports (https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/how-domantas-sabonis-unleashed-his-fighting-spirit-and-became-a-steal-for-the-pacers/http://): "How Domantas Sabonis unleashed his fighting spirit to become a steal for the Pacers
Oladipo may be getting most of the shine, but this second-year big man has been phenomenal in Indiana"




Domantas Sabonis asked Tommy Lloyd to stop the car. The Gonzaga assistant coach had picked up the prized recruit -- and son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis -- from the Spokane airport and was bringing him to campus in 2014. But, 5,000 miles away from home, Sabonis knew something bad was about to happen.

"He puked his guts out," Lloyd said.

Lloyd asked Sabonis if he was carsick. No, he said, but sometimes, when he's anxious or upset, it manifests physically. Sabonis is close to his three older brothers and younger sister -- and his hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania. Now, he had chosen to play college basketball on the other side of the world. This was regular old homesickness; it just revealed itself more, um, colorfully than usual.

Recalling the incident, Lloyd laughed. "He probably will kill me, but this shows how far he's come," he said. While Sabonis' NCAA career might have had an inauspicious start, he went on to fully embrace life at Gonzaga. Off the court, his teammates became a new kind of family. On the court, he became a beloved figure in Spokane because of the rugged toughness that he shares with his father, the mentality that Lloyd saw when he first scouted him as a 16-year-old.

"He's always had it," Lloyd said. "And we kind of call it the Lithuanian fighting spirit. Basketball is such a part of their culture, and they play the game, they approach it with emotion. It's more than just a game to them. He has this amazing balance of being very nice and polite off the floor, but on the floor he's got a real mean, nasty streak to him. It's kind of a brilliant combination."

That nasty streak is shining brighter than ever before. Sabonis joined the Indiana Pacers this offseason in the heavily criticized Paul George trade. But after struggling with the Oklahoma City Thunder for his first NBA season, he's come into his own. This month, Sabonis is averaging 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds and shooting 57 percent. He is keeping Indiana steady without injured center Myles Turner: In Sabonis' 14 starts, he's averaged 11.2 rebounds a game.

And the reviews are in. Sabonis is living up to his family name -- and building a new NBA family of his own. Lance Stephenson says Sabonis makes the game easy. Cory Joseph says he appreciates how Sabonis throws his body around and gets loose balls. Turner, who is a month and a half older than Sabonis, says he is learning from his new teammate.

"Man, he's f---ing terrible," laughed Victor Oladipo, who came over from the Thunder with Sabonis in the George trade. "I'm just playing. He's awesome, man. I mean, I've been watching Damo since he was at Gonzaga and then he joined OKC last year with me. To see his growth over just a year span is amazing."

TerpZag
01-29-2018, 03:46 AM
ZN, thanks for posting this story...

ZagNative
01-30-2018, 10:46 AM
Another fun piece about Domas, "Sabonis, Turner Forming a Tag Team (http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/sabonis-turner-forming-tag-team)"

Regardless of who starts and who comes off the bench, Turner and Sabonis make up one of the NBA's best combinations of centers. They still will play together for a handful of minutes per game, but McMillan is dedicated to having at least one of them one the floor at almost all times the rest of this season ó for multiple reasons, starting with defense.

Between the two of them, the bases are covered, as Howard learned the hard way. He scored just four points and grabbed four rebounds in the second half, and didn't manage any of either in his 7 1/2 minutes fourth-quarter minutes.

Sabonis made Howard work for most of what he got around the basket, especially in the second half. He was called for a foul away from the ball while wrestling with Howard midway through the period. Charlotte wound up scoring on that possession to pull within six points, but Sabonis drew a charging foul from Howard on the Hornets' next possession when Howard drove the lane from the left wing.

Sabonis jumped up, lifted his arms and shouted to celebrate that individual victory. He picked up his fourth foul moments later, so Turner replaced him with 4:34 left and promptly drained his fourth 3-pointer to open a 10-point lead for the Pacers.

One of them fights you, the other finesses you.

"I love playing with Domas," Turner said. "I almost feel bad, because he does all the dirty work. He leaves the easy stuff for me, but I think we play very well off of each other."

Sabonis doesn't mind. Although he has a better 3-point percentage than Turner, even after Monday's game, he's better-suited for combat. All the starter minutes he's received this season in Turner's absence have given him experience against some of the NBA's best big men and exposed him to a variety of challenges. He takes it all in stride, even being knocked down.

"At the end of the day, you're just doing your job: screening, rolling, trying to finish, trying to guard...I just want to win, so I just try to do my job," he said.