Post-Game Grades: Pacers Embarrass Themselves, Indiana, the Film Hoosiers, Pete Carril, Basketball, the Founding Fathers

It seemed as though this was going to be a quick little recap with across-the-board praise for everyone involved. Then the 4th quarter happened. And the Kings were in the zone. No … they weren’t unconsciously shooting the lights out on their way to an MJ shrug. I mean, they started playing a defense that most high school JV teams can bust with proper spacing, ball movement and two above-average shooters. Rather than employ that method to exploit a simple zone that wouldn’t impress Jim Boeheim, the Pacers tried something else: curling up into a ball and crawling into a hole to die.

This proved less effective as Indiana was outscored 26-8 in the fourth quarter during this 92-88 loss to Sacramento. They shot 3-for-16 and had 9 turnovers against the zone. The best part? They were up by 14 going into the final period and led by as much as 16 during a third quarter that was essentially the exact opposite what was to come. If there is any silver lining (there isn’t) I guess it might be this: every team will have a worst loss of the season and the Pacers may have just gotten theirs out of the way.

Not that it much matters in a devastating, embarrassing, amateur loss like this, but here is how each guy played individually tonight.

Agree? Disagree?

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David West - 30 MIN | 5-10 FG |  5 REB | 3 TO | 13 PTS
Played well in the 1st half but was a non-factor in the 2nd. As in, I can’t remember one thing he did. Didn’t stand out during the 3rd quarter domination nor the 4th quarter humiliation. That’s probably a positive.
Danny Granger - 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 16 PTS
Started off 2-for-7 but was missing in the paint. Couldn’t hit an outside shot when the team needed him to.
Roy Hibbert - 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 8 REB | 4 AST | 4 BLK | 13 PTS
Looked absolutely marvelous … until the 4th. He turned from being the Pacers biggest weapon into a place the ball went to die. He was swarmed on the catch and couldn’t do anything useful. Played good D.
Darren Collison - 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 TO | 16 PTS
Played the whole 3rd, scoring 13 pts (on 5-for-6 FG), taking a charge and throwing a bunch of offense-producing passes while keeping the offense flowing. He was on the bench when things went south but couldn’t revive a patient on life support.
Paul George - 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 TO | 10 PTS
Nobody was more at fault for the collapse than this kid, who had three unforgivable, careless turnovers in the 4th. This could be a confidence-rattler. Hopefully he’ll shake it off.

Dahntay Jones - 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2 REB | 2 PTS
Dahntay being Dahntay. (Probably the only comment you’ll see again this season about this guy.)
Lou Amundson - 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 PTS
Played pretty well and added energy in limited minutes.
George Hill - 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 TO | 8 PTS
Have to put a lot of this on Hill, who is the leader of the second unit that sparked the collapse. A Hill/George/Dahntay/Tyler/Lou lineup is tough to lead, but they let a 14-point lead dwindle to 6.
Tyler Hansbrough - 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 TO | 7 PTS
Brought some physicality with a hard foul when Indy needed in the 2nd quarter but didn’t produce and didn’t look good during the collapse when he should have been scoring.
Lance Stephenson - 6 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS
Too few minutes for a real grade but made a Wade-to-LeBron-level full-court outlet pass. Missed all his shots though.

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  • Bluejohn

    Jared, your team got stared down by a 5′ -9′ rookie point guard who has played minor minutes in 12 games and fell apart. It was like seeing David and Goliah in real time and the Pacers fell hard. After a loss like this you can’t grade anyone higher than a Fail. Our Kings team is really bad, possibly as bad as the Wizards and any team that get handled by the Kings has to wonder if they are as good as the early schedule might lead you to believe.

  • NoLookPass

    Might be the fist time I’ve ever seen anyone call out Hansbrough for not shooting.

  • Derek U

    Good teams lose to bad teams on the road sometimes BlueJohn.. It happens.

    Wondering how much longer this Granger shooting streak will continue, and when the “Granger for Gordon” rants will start happening.

  • JRC

    The shooting was bad last night. The Pacers only shot 43%, but they held the Kings to 30%. This leads to the real reason they lost – the Kings had 30 (THIRTY!) offensive rebounds!. It’s hard to win when the other team gets 30 extra chances. I understand they are the best offensive rebounding team in the NBA, but that is ridiculous. Then came the fourth quarter… yuck.

    When was the last time the Pacers had a successful (by that I mean a .500) road trip? Seems like eons ago.

  • Zach Winningham

    I heard Mark Cuban say something that was a little jarring. He said the reason that a lot of the younger, more athletically-driven teams have done well early and some of the “team teams” like Dallas that rely on chemistry and timing have started slow, and that those two types of teams will flip-flop places over the next couple months. Is it possible that our athleticism and young age have helped us to an early record, but when the rest of the NBA starts gelling, we will once again just be another 7 or 8 seed that loses in the first round?

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  • leon

    WE still played good the whole game but they should try to maybe get DERON WILLIAMS for DARREN COLLISON AND GRANGER sounds good.

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