Post-Game Grades: Pacers Outlast Dubs

Indiana won tonight. And that was impressive considering Monta Ellis and Steph Curry put on a circus show of shot-making in the final minutes. The Pacers by no means dominated this game but they played well enough to win even despite the crazy buckets by those Warriors guards. Danny Granger was great early with 12 points in the first quarter and he hit a few huge shots in crunch time as well. George Hill hit two HUGER threes in the fourth and came up with an EVEN HUGER “steal” on the final possession of the game, kicking away a Monta dribble and taking it coast to coast for the layup and-one. Golden State had one last shot to tie it up after Hill put Indy up three but his good look turned into a near-airballl and the Pacers left with the W.

Here is how each guy played individually tonight.

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David West - 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS
Beastly game for West. Perhaps his best statistical outing as a Pacer. Some mistakes late: a horrible jumper, for example. But he was making shots and that’s what they need for him.
Danny Granger - 32 MIN | 10-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 AST | 26 PTS
Great first quarter and sticking BIG shots late. That’s what you want out of the guy you expect your best offensive player.
Roy Hibbert - 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 16 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS
You still want him to get the ball more. And that’s not on him. But he did everything you would want him to do. 16 boards? Even against a small team, that’s BEAST MODE.
Darren Collison - 39 MIN | 1-12 FG | 4 REB | 9 AST | 6 PTS
The FG% says a lot but what was really troubling is that he allowed the G-State confusion to dominate the tempo of the game. Notably played excellent D on Steph Curry while Dell’s son was hitting circus shots.
Paul George - 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS
Played OK and defended well but wasn’t involved when it mattered because of George hill.

Dahntay Jones - 16 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS
Stuck a really nice three and made a crazy euro-step finish in transition that makes you wonder why he can’t be a better offensive player given his athletic gifts.
Louis Amundson - 5 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Meh.
George Hill - 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS
The best Pacer in the 4th quarter even if his steal was illegal. Stuck two big threes and stopped Monta when no one could. An incredible final period.
Tyler Hansbrough - 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS
Again, oddly didn’t affect the game much for a guy who usually does exactly that with effort alone even if he isn’t making shots.
Lance Stephenson - 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 PTS
Whatever.

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Post-Game Grades

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  • Derek

    I would have dropped Amundson to a D or F. Dude just completely flubbed a WIDE OPEN 2 on 1, blew a WIDE OPEN jumper from about 12 feet.

    He was terrible. Like a black hole on offense, nothing on defense.

  • http://pacerspulse.com pacejmiller

    Hard to tell if that final play was an accidental or deliberate kick. At normal speed it looked kind of like Monta dribbled it on Hill’s foot, which would have made it OK.

  • thejoshbaker

    I feel like we’re not celebrating Hansbrough’s assist nearly enough.

  • NoLookPass

    I wish we signed McRoberts and traded Hansbrough for a PG because these last few games we’re using him like McBob and he sucks bad in that role. You know something is wrong with how he’s being used when he’s got to the line 8 times in last 3 games and only 1 trip was a shooting foul with the others off the ball fouls in the bonus.

    I may be in the minority here but the pass happy, long jump shooting Hansbrough blows and Frank needs to use him as the aggressive tunnel vision scorer who gets hard points down on the blocks or draws a fouls but also can hit a 14 footer when open to keep you honest or kick it out for a 3 if nothings there.

    If we wanted a J-Mac we should have kept the one who’s good at being himself.

  • http://pacerspulse.com pacejmiller

    McBob has stunk in LA though.

  • NoLookPass

    Josh is just a glorified ball boy with the Lakers. His role is don’t shoot unless its a dunk, fetch the bricks and pass it back to one of the stars. If he didn’t get to shoot some when Bynum was out his PER would be really bad as it 10.38 now with a -3.6 value added and a -0.1 Estimated Wins Added despite shooting good percentage thanks to all the jams.

  • Mike

    This game was worth staying up for! Such a thrilling victory, that never would have happened in recent past. That being said, our second unit was a liability last night – with the obvious exception of George Hill. The play in early in the 2nd quarter was horrendous – bad shots taken with 6-8 seconds still on the shot clock. Its worrisome that the last two games have illustrated how our 2nd unit not only can’t extend leads, but can’t protect them. If Pacers weren’t making 3′s last night, they’d have been run outta the gym.

  • NoLookPass

    The 2nd units issues are mainly Lou, nothing but bad things start to happen once he get involved beyond rebounds or tips! He and Lance played 5:12 and set the other 3 back a -5 before all three played positive mixed in with other units with Tyler, D Jones and Hill looking awesome when playing with West and DC the first half of the 4th.