Post-Game Grades: Pacers Really, Really Stink It Up Against the Knicks

Wow. Just … wow.

Not going to waste much time on this, other than to say that this is the second game in a week where it was relatively obvious that the Pacers were going to lose by the end of the first quarter. They managed a paltry 65.5 points per 100 possession in a first half, where a lousy 90 per 100 would have left them down 7, instead of 19.

The Knicks did play very aggressively defensively, but were far from smothering. Indiana was just plain soft, and other than a feeble effort in the second quarter that died when Paul George could neither make a dunk nor free throws, resigned.

These two teams do it again tomorrow. The Pacers better not do this again … if you know what I mean.

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, PF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 8 PTS
Ineffective at both ends.
Danny Granger, SF 26 MIN | 4-15 FG | 5 REB | 9 PTS
Signature play of the night came late in the 1st half. Tyson Chandler bobbled and lost the ball on the baseline, as he and Danny went for it, Chandler put his arm out more as a signal than any physical play. Danny stopped, and Chandler tracked down the ball and laid it in as Granger watched.
Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 PTS
Everything you doubt and fear about Roy Hibbert was on display tonight.
Darren Collison, PG 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 AST | 15 PTS
He was the best starter tonight. Not a compliment.
Paul George, SG 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 PTS
Two great defensive plays, surrounded by a whole lot of nothing. Made an incredible power move to the bucket in the second quarter, but missed the dunk as he was fouled … and the two free throws that ensued. It was that kind of night.

Dahntay Jones, SG 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-7 FT | 13 PTS
He scored 13, but I have to believe most of it was after I stopped watching, and long after anything mattered.
Louis Amundson, C 14 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1 REB | 6 PTS
Was the best center on the team tonight. Also, not a compliment.
A.J. Price, G 15 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-3 FT |2 AST | 14 PTS
See Dahntay.
George Hill, SG 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 AST | 12 PTS
Another decent statistical game for his role … but utterly meaningless.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 12 PTS
There’s a very bright line between good Tyler and bad Tyler. Good Tyler is aggressive and decisive. Bad Tyler can be summed up in one word: dithering. Not going to give him any credit for a nice line prettied up in garbage time. When he had a chance to have an impact early, he was all about the dithering.
Jeff Pendergraph, F 6 MIN | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS
Didn’t see the floor until long after things were decided, but didn’t hurt himself or others. Interested in seeing if he starts to get minutes during games that are in question.
Lance Stephenson, SG 8 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2 AST | 2 PTS
Played … or at least that’s the rumor.

Tags: New York Knicks Post-Game Grades Roll Over And Play Dead

  • adam

    Knicks set the tone very early.

    Amare and Melo both had something to say about Danny’s comment on these 2 games being winnable. They made it a point to prove him wrong….. he proved it was all words.

    Just by saying a game is winnable doesn’t make it automatically happen. Go out and play you must ( in my Yoda voice).

  • Bruno

    Throughout the entire season I’ve always had the feeling like the Pacers are either going to run the other team out of the gym, or being blown out by the opposition. It worries me the inability of this team to compete. At times it reminds me of the old Jim O’Brien team, in the sense that it can’t find a way to compete when they’re in an off night. It’s like rolling a dice everytime they hit the floor. Good teams don’t do that.
    On another matter, can anyone check if Roy Hibbert, the All-Star, is still stuck in traffic in Orlando? What on earth happened to that guy???? I can understand shots not falling, but not putting in the effort, that’s unforgivable, at least in my book.

  • dwain

    this was a brutal thing to watch, in fact i had to stop watching it, there has got to be some way to inject some energy into this squad when they are flabbing it all over the court. just pathetic that this team played the way they did against Philly and tonight like this. Coach V gonna be bald by playoff time…..

  • Ian

    You could see in the minutes leading up to this how ‘up’ the Knicks were for this game. They immediately came out and played with incredible effort and the Pacers looked shellshocked. Then when I thought the PAcers might have a chance to come back, the Knicks started hitting everything and the Pacers started missing everything. After which they essentially gave up.

    Painful to watch. If ever a team should be for a game it will be tonight. The Knicks humiliated the Pacers and now they are coming to our building. The Pacers better be looking for nothing more than to turn this around tonight.

  • Him

    The fact that this team is young is a contributing factor. They lack the mental fortitude to come out and play their hardest every night. Hopefully this is sufficient motivation.