Post-Game Grades: Pacers Destroy the Worst Team in the NBA (the Bobcats)

If you’re any good, when the worst team in the NBA enters your gym, you should kick their ass. And that’s just what the Pacer did in smoking the Bobcats tonight 108-73. The bigs were especially dominant as David West and Roy Hibbert just destroyed the Charlotte bigs by combining for 32 points on 14-for-18 shooting. The individual play, while laudable in many respects, wasn’t what was the most impressive, however. It was a team-wide dismantling as the defense did the most damage and the ball movement got everyone good looks.

There is nothing to complain about for Pacers fans after this one. Sure, it has been wins over the Nets and the Bobcats that helped right the ship, but the Pacers look fully back on track after a highly troubling skid that saw them lose 5 straight. This isn’t to say everything is rosy, but the team once again looked like one that needs to be taken seriously as it dismantled Charlotte.

Best of all? The Pacers get to play the borderline-DLeague-Bobcats again on Wednesday.

Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at me (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West - 23 MIN | 7-10 FG | 8 REB | 3 AST | 3 BLK | 14 PTS
Absolute beast in the first half. Arguably his best as a Pacer.
Danny Granger - 26 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 14 PTS
Missed a bunch of threes but forced the action and passed the ball well.
Roy Hibbert - 26 MIN | 7-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 14 REB | 18 PTS
Sick line and made the Bobcats look like the worst team in the NBA, which they are.
Darren Collison - 29 MIN | 2-6 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS
Missed a few pull up jumpers in transition but there was nothing wrong with his game tonight.
Paul George - 22 MIN | 3-10 FG | 7 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS
Got called for a few tough fouls which put him on the bench but played well while he was out there in less-than-typical minutes. Is becoming one of the best rebounding “guards” in the NBA.

Jeff Foster - 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2 REB (2 ORB) | 0 PTS
Wasn’t really needed in such a blowout.
Dahntay Jones - 22 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS
Really can score off he bench. Played excellent.
Louis Amundson - 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS
Great block and did his job.
A.J. Price - 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS
Missed too many shots to get in on the good grade parade but didn’t really do anything wrong and made some sweet passes.
Tyler Hansbrough - 22 MIN | 3-4 FG | 7-10 FT | 4 REB | 13 PTS
Best game in a while. 13 points on 4 shots and a boatload of FTAs. That’s what this team needs from Tyler.
Jeff Pendergraph - 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS
Looked good. Got a nice dunk.
Lance Stephenson - 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL| 7 PTS
Classic Lance: some horrible turnover and some wonderful passes. Hit a three. Got a ton of steals. Liking his game more and more everyday.

Topics: Charlotte Bobcats, Post-Game Grades

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  • Sam

    I have never laughed this much during an NBA game. Absolutely smothering D

    Bobcats couldn’t do anything other than chuck contested 3′s
    Truly flawless Defensive game
    If this Defensive intensity keeps up, the Pacers should have no problem going into the All-Star break in 3rd place

  • JSwid

    I know its the Bobcats but I really like the chemistry this team showed tonight with the starters and the bench play. I hope we can win out till the ASG and get a healthy George Hill back. We need him back badly cause sometimes our bench looks very lost and confused without him. Keep it going Pacers!!!

  • Zach Winningham

    Speaking of George Hill…is there any timetable on his return? Any status updates from the team about his ankle?

  • JSwid

    I heard it was before the AS weekend…but now I heard afterward

  • jk31

    His goal is, to get back before, but the Pacers think it’s after it.

  • Realist

    Just rest up, George. If we need you for New Orleans or Charlotte again, we got problems.

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  • Matt S

    Damn! Lance had 23 minutes? Good to see the young guy getting some time on the floor!

  • little B

    Glad to see Vogel brought the starters back on the floor in the second quarter kind of early. Still showed proof our bench is kind of struggling without Hill. Surprised but glad Vogel kept the starters in and pushed them until they were in foul trouble. Pacers needed that win, and in blowout fashion. Only thing I would have liked to have seen would have been a little better showing on the bench in the late first, early second quarter. 21-2 lead cut down to a 7 point lead at one point in a short manner of time didn’t look good. But the starters came back in and buried the hatchet. Good game. Hopefully another one (or two) like this to follow. Then allstar break, Pacers should be well rested and regenerated before the second half of the season. Go pacers.

  • Josh Dhani

    Is this the first time that every player has gotten A’s? Haha, but awesome job by Indy.

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  • Mike

    This game was hard to watch. Even though we were dominating. I feel sorry for Charlotte fans. That team is so god awful. Why isn’t someone getting fired? I felt like going online and doing some research as to why they have so many bad players. Then I punched myself in the face and watched the Pacers go up by 40.

  • Derek U

    They have so many bad players cause Jordan is running that franchise. He got rid of his good players in exchange for high lottery picks…… Too bad he’s a terrible talent evaluator

  • Derek U

    and when I say in exchange for lottery picks, I mean he’s running the franchise into the dirt so he can have a chance at the first overall.