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.

Topics: Los Angeles Clippers, Post-Game Grades

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  • adam

    Is it too early for Le-an-sanity, Barbo-bombastic, ect…lol

    2nd unit looked very good tonight, against a good team. Wish Barbosa was with us for the NY games. They would have been winnable games with they way he played tonight.

  • Realist

    Hansbrough should clearly get an A+ cause he got an assist as well.

  • adam

    Hansborough should benefit from hill & leandsanity the most. Defenses can’t collapse on him anymore and should allow him to wreck havoc inside like he used to when he played with the started last year.

  • Jamie

    Can we stop pretending like Collison is a legit starting point guard? He would be a good backup like he was in NO but being DEAD last in assists is a condemnation of your starting point guard. Collison is 26th in the league in assists and 22nd in assist to turnover ratio.

    I’m not sure how we are determining that the offense sputters when Hill is at the point as has been argued in previous articles but analyzing team performance in anyway other than in terms of dynamic systems is likely invalid. Basketball teams are systems as are any collection of 5 players on the floor at one time. When you replace one of the players you are not conducting a scientific experiment where all other variables are held constant. You are creating an entirely different system. The only way to say that the team would not benefit from Hill taking over the starting point guard role is to give him that role and assess after a reasonable sample of games.

    While Hill may not be a natural point guard he appears to offer a variety of upgrades over Collison. For example, Hill clearly has much better size, appears to be the better offensive player, and is a MUCH better defender. Those characteristics alone seem to make Hill the better option for combating other teams best players.

    In the future, I’m not sure Paul George is best suited for playing the 2 and may benefit from being moved back to, what appears to be, a more natural 3 position. Obviously that would entail coming off the bench or moving Granger to play with the 2nd unit. That would also require the team to come up with an adequate replacement for George in the starting lineup.

    (Aside, i’m not sure how Granger’s salary fits in with the future of this team as Hibbert will demand a substantial contract and all indications are that Bird hopes to bring in a more dynamic scoring option.)

    With Hill as a starter, you may have more options for reorganizing the starting lineup. It seems that Hill could play the point or the two with a larger pg without being vulnerable to any obvious ways of being exploited. While Collisons speed is a clear asset and strength, his size and defense are a clear liability.

  • Ian

    I think its worth experimenting which units Collison plays with. I’m not ocnvinced he’s not starter material but he seems to have regressed, at least statistically, quite a lot this year. I think just changing up which unit he spends time on the floor with might let him get back on track if possible.

    I’m wondering how much West’s injury is still bothering him. I read a few times that he had essentially a 2 year injury, so the hope is he would get stronger as the year goes on but in fact he’s bee declining quite a bit. It is nice to see Tyler starting to resemble what he was last season though. Hill has been lights out but he’s not going to hit all those 3s every night. Is it me or does he have an incredibly quick release? A lof times he seems covered but gets off the long-3 cleanly.

    One thing I have learned watching the Pacers over the last 20 games is that we cannot draw conclusions from one game or even 10 games. They have shown themselves able to beat the best teams in the league handily or get completely blown out at any time. It’s really hard to tell who is going to show up. And lets not forget, despite their star power the Clippers have been struggling as much as the Pacers since Billups got hurt so we can’t draw any conclusions.

  • little B

    Not much to say about this game besides, WOWSA. Great game Pacers. @ Ian, you’re right about Hill. I hope he can become the starter. Hopefully with him in the point he will be more selective on shots and keep setting up great shots. Only problem I see is that it seems the starters don’t move around as much as the bench. But maybe adding Hill up there and bringing collison down would change that. It is only one game, but hopefully Hill just keeps bringing it that way.

  • zach

    How about an A for the crowd last night too? Even though there were definitely some Clippers shirts there, the fans were really into the game for the whole night.

  • dwain

    Really nice effort from LB! When are our PG’s going to start killing these defenses that clog(front) the middle on us by, lobbing the pass right towards the rim letting our bigs grab and stuff?(and when are our bigs going to start making that option available to the PGs?) It really is becoming apparent that this offense runs behind the defensive plays, if we get a quick steal and a breakout stuff/layup this team is likely to go on a run of good defense, good break aways. They hit their free throws for once but weirdly it is money in the bank D West that is cluncking his games now…Go Pacers!!! ???

  • chris

    i think we pick up boris diaw and make a run for the title!!!!