Post-Game Grades: Under-Manned, Over-Matched Pacers Barely Show Up, Get Smoked By Philly

Two steps forward. One step back — and that was even without the guy usually taking the step-backs, Danny Granger, in the lineup. It’s hard to capture the putridity of this offensive performance in a few sentences. The Pacers lost to the Sixers 96-86, but it felt a lot more one-sided. Indy did well on the offensive glass and forced a ton of turnovers early (11 in the first half), but were still unable to convert much of anything on what should have been easy opportunities. They shot a gross 36.6% from the floor, which is unacceptable even without Granger, who sat out with food poisoning, and George Hill, who dressed but was only an emergency body since he was still sore from falling on his back in Saturday’s win over Charlotte.

Not a lot more to say about this one. The under-manned Pacers were run off the floor on the road. The team looked unorganized, chaotic and like a bunch of players taking turns trying to make plays as opposed to a cohesive NBA offense. If I was coach Frank Vogel, I’m not even sure I would save the game film other than to show the perimeter players, who were the anchor hurting the squad tonight, how many good things can happen if you get the big guys, specifically Roy Hibbert, the ball down low.

Here is how each Pacer played during the win.

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Indiana Pacers 86 – Philadelphia 76ers 96

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