Last night, the Pacers demolished the Pistons in their season-opener. The team didn’t play perfectly, and the lopsided victory was likely as much a result of the home team’s exuberant aggressiveness and the opponent’s general terribleness as it was due to the Pacers play. As a group, the team shot poorly. But that’s essentially expected of this franchise these days, particularly in the first game of a truncated schedule that featured a “preseason” of two exhibition warm-up games.
When we look at the individual play, there isn’t much to find fault with. But we can try
And that — along with praising players who excel — is what we plan to start doing here at 8 Points, 9 Seconds after each game. Below, you can find our first installment of Pacers Post-Game Grades.