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.
|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.