Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat the Washington Generals of Charlotte

A forgettable way to end the first half of the season. Per usual at this point, Indiana came out sluggish and trailed big (at least by 9 anyway) early and it seemed all but certain they would follow the same script they have been of late to turn things around and win. Not because of anything the Pacers were doing well mind you. Because they were playing against a team that barely belongs in the NBA.

The bench carried the day. We have heard since preseason how this team’s depth would be a weapon. But ever since George Hill got hurt and Tyler Hansbrough had his soul destroyed, presumably, they bench was generally a big letdown. They weren’t tonight. And mostly, Tyler wasn’t, dropping a season-high in scoring (22 points) while putting his stamp all over the game. Dahntay Jones and AJ Price chipped in with some effective shooting of their own, the whole team (Paul George aside, which is becoming troubling) got to the line, they protected the ball (only 6 turnovers) and the result was the second laugher over Charlotte in the past four days.

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 - 24 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS
Yuck.
Danny Granger - 27 MIN | 2-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS
Yuck. (Got to the line though.)
Roy Hibbert - 22 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS
Not bad but Bismack Biyombo was the most physical big in this game. You would like to see more, especially after his career-high scoring game last night, against such a weak front line.
Darren Collison - 25 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS
Not so so bad. But not so so good. And certainly not so so def.
Paul George - 18 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS
Didn’t play much because Vogel likely wanted to get George Hill some “comeback” minutes before the break while retaining some time for Lance. Then he never went back to the starters. Still, his 3rd straight game with 0 FTAs.

Dahntay Jones - 21 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS
Looked excellent, composed and in control. Enjoy his game a lot on nights like these.
Louis Amundson - 23 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 8 PTS
Missed 7 shots. Grabbed 6 ORBs. These stats may be related. Couple blocks, too, to go along with his inefficient 8 points in a game spent flailing around and trying to dunk on people. Typical.
A.J. Price - 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS
This 11-point night makes this back-to-back games during which AJ has dropped double-digits. 6 dimes in 23 minutes will work just fine, too.
George Hill - 20 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS
Nothing much of note but he played for the first time since January — and looked healthy doing so. All that matters. Not a good shooting night but productive otherwise.
Tyler Hansbrough - 24 MIN | 8-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 22 PTS
Splendid outing for a season-high in points and a near-double-double in just 24 minutes. The team, in this game and just in this season, needs more from the bench. Tyler delivered.
Jeff Pendergraph - 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Hilariously kicked the ball around the paint like four times on one play in garbage time. So there’s that.
Lance Stephenson - 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS
A little disappointing.

Topics: Charlotte Bobcats, Post-Game Grades

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  • B.Reed

    Good to see the second team play strong tonight. Especially great to see Hill back. Everything runs much more smooth when he is in.

  • B.Reed

    smoothly

  • Mike

    Lou and Tyler combining for 28 shots? You’d think this game would have been a 30-point blowout loss.

    Hill looked great. I thought he should rest all the way through the break to just give that extra time for the ankle to heal. He looked pretty smooth last night for coming off a chipped bone injury in one of the most important basketball joints in the body.

    And what happened to DC and DW having this chemistry brought from the (few) days at NO together?

  • little B

    Agree with the grades. Well done. Not a pretty game but we’ll take it.
    I hope Danny can start to get his groove on, hopefully he is saving up for the second half to get his shooting % up to the usual 43 pecent.
    Exactly what was needed from Crazyman Hansborough.
    Loved the post-up, up and under move PG had, want to see more of it. I mistaked him for DG on that play until I saw how skinny he was.
    Watching the game with a buddy of mine last night. Asked “Why did we get Amundson?” Response: “Because he blocks everyone, but just can’t finish dunks like McRoberts”. Amundson on que: blocks 2 plays in a matter of a minute.
    But I do see this as the Pacers number one thing to look at this off season over getting a better bench SG. They need a better back up Center. Foster isn’t reliable with the back. Amundson can’t score and fouls too often. Pendergraph, maybe he just hasn’t had enough time to get into the swing of things but I don’t see him being any better than Amundson. Whenever Hibbert gets in foul trouble. Pacers are screwed.
    Anyways. All you can say now is dunkfest time. Show them what you got PG. Show them what you got. Be another Dunk contest winner for us. Ahh, better dust off my retro style Freddy Jones jersey out of the closet for this weekend.

  • http://www.pacerscenter.com Joe

    Lou cracks me up. Anytime he gets in a game, I feel like he tries to throw down a dunk and fails horribly. You can just tell when he is going up for it that it is not going to end well either. He really needs a headband and some high socks.

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  • Zach Winningham

    Pacers sneak into 3rd in the east w/ Orlando’s loss tonight!

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