Post-Game Grades: Pacers Wax the Clippers

The bench carried the day, Danny Granger was excellent and Roy Hibbert did as much as he needed to as the Pacers smacked around the Clippers en route to a 102-89 win. I already wrote everything I had to say about it in this post-game reaction.

As for the grades, see below.

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 21 MIN | 0-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS
Allegedly played nearly half the game, but there wasn’t a ton of box score evidence to confirm this fact. Spent a lot of time in foul trouble, something he and the refs clearly disagreed should have occurred.
Danny Granger, SF 38 MIN | 7-17 FG | 8-8 FT | 8 REB | 25 PTS
Came out straight rolling in the second half to help turn an encouraging lead into a runaway victory. Whenever Indiana’s best scorer can get points this efficiently, this team is tough to beat.
Roy Hibbert, C 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 13 PTS
Didn’t dominate in volume but impacted the game a lot when he did. Had one defensive recovery to block a would-be dunk that led to a Granger trey on the other end. That 5-pt swing really cemented the lead.
Darren Collison, PG 25 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS
Distributed well even if CP3 was able to exploit the pick-and-roll at times when Hibbert was forced to try to cover Paul. Of course, everyone will be talking about Hill.
Paul George, SG 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS
Never particularly involved in the game.

Dahntay Jones, SG 10 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1 AST | 2 BLK | 4 PTS
His minutes were limited but he converted both shots he took. And they were both in the paint, one on a nice drive and the other when he broke out ahead of everyone in transition.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 18 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS
What more can you say? Helluva debut.
Louis Amundson, C 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 PTS
Couldn’t hit a shot but that’s expected. Mixed it up with CP3 and got boards. That’s what you want out of Louuuu more so than made jumpers. Then again, a few of those was really uuuuuuggggllly.
George Hill, SG 28 MIN | 6-7 FG | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 TO | 15 PTS
Stellar, stellar night all around in his first game playing extensive minutes at point guard since he left San Antonio.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 28 MIN | 7-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 17 PTS
Had 15 in the first half on 7-for-9 shooting. More importantly, looked confidant and aggressive doing it. Looked as good as he has in a while.

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