Post-Game Grades: Pacers Couldn't Be Bothered to Show Up for the Nets Game

If you came here looking for something to make you feel better about the Pacers’ loss to the Nets on Wednesday night, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. There’s no silk purse to be made out of this sow’s ear.

Just days after playing some of their best basketball of the season, Indiana played some of their worst. “Played” might be too strong of a word, though. They were flat for most of the first three quarters, before rolling over and playing dead entirely in the fourth quarter.

This game was there for the Pacers to take. As sloppy and uninspired as the Pacers had been, they still held a 60-57 lead halfway through the third quarter. They had two possessions to increase the lead, and both ended in turnovers. The rest of the quarter was a slogging affair that ended with George Hill iso-ing his way to no shot and a 69-67 Nets lead.

Then, the Nets scored the first eight points of the fourth, and the Pacers reverted to waiting for the game to end. New Jersey’s lead ballooned to as high as 21, as the Pacers allowed the Nets to hit 12 of their first 19 shots in the period. Worse yet, they allowed New Jersey to get three of the seven misses.

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 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 6 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS
I give him a B- for looking as angry as I felt, when he was sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter.
Danny Granger, SF 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 3 REB | 5 PTS
Danny gets this grade because, like this team, he’s just so much better than this performance.
Roy Hibbert, C 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS
He just gets taken away too easily, and it can’t all be blamed on his teammates.
Darren Collison, PG 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1 REB | 7 AST | 9 PTS
Wasn’t horrible, but wasn’t good enough, either.
Paul George, SG 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS
Put up a nice stat line, but ain’t nobody associated with this embarrassment getting higher than a B.

Dahntay Jones, SG 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS
His name is spelled phonetically.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 PTS
Needs to score to add value. Didn’t score. Didn’t add value
Louis Amundson, C 19 MIN | 3-4 FG | 6 REB | 6 PTS
Played his game. It’s just that his game doesn’t matter, when the rest of the team is awful.
A.J. Price, G 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Didn’t miss any shots.
George Hill, SG 21 MIN | 0-4 FG | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS
He sits somewhere between third and fifth best player on the roster, and they got absolutely nothing from him tonight.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF 17 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 13 PTS
Scored. Sent Shelden Williams to the hospital. Full night for Tyler.
Jeff Pendergraph, F 3 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 PTS
An F- for watching Deron Williams waltz to the rim, offset by an A for an impressive dunk gives him a C-.
Lance Stephenson, SG 3 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1 AST | 0 PTS
Did miss shots.


Tags: New Jersey Nets Post-Game Grades

  • Realist

    Good job, Tyler.

  • NoLookPass

    We’re now 5-7 when shooting over 18 3′s with 4 of those wins against NJ and NO with the other game a magical 48% shooting effort on 25 attempts vs Dallas when PG couldn’t miss from downtown. We need to get away from so much this jump shooting, we started off scoring like crazy down low with some wide open 3′s mixed in then got away from it and was brick city from the outside. Its frustrating because we have so many guys who can get it done inside the arc and who shoot good from the line when drawing fouls.

    Barbosa has the court vision of Helen Keller. It’s been frustrating since he’s been here but tonight it made me truly mad. Down 3 with around 30 seconds left in the 3rd Hill gets a steal it ends up with Leandro and he ignores Lou who is wide open for a dunk! He takes off and drives in and gets fouled but he makes one of the two FT to stay down a bucket rather than get a big dunk to cut it to one with some momentum.

    Barbosa just like Hill, Hansbrough and most of our Top-8 are volume scorers. If they don’t get tons of shots they aren’t ever going to get hot and chances are they aren’t going to bring much to the game that night. Problem is we don’t have enough room for 3 of them on the second unit and we get a ton of stepping on each others toes.

    Tonight was the 3rd game since the trade Hill has been blanked taking 5 or less shots, Tyler has had 3 games with under 5 FGA but can save it some by FT’s and Barbosa has had 3 games with limited shots himself. When Hill/Tyler get their shots they shoot good with Tyler making 18-of-27 from the field and Hill going 16-of-23 in said games since the trade while Barbosa is hit or miss depending on if he hits that scorching run of making 3 or 4 shots in a row over a very shot period.

    Too many scorers and only one ball is going to be our downfall in the playoffs since we don’t have a legit PG to get those guys good looks and keep everyone happy.

  • dwain

    hey Pacers do yer fans a favor, when u can’t be bothered to play with any intensity, or desire, or heart…just go on and wear those purses on out of the locker room on to the court. then us fans will know not to even bother watching

  • NoLookPass

    Another frustrating this is Shelden Williams got hurt with 7:44 left in the 2nd and Big Roy only got 5 shots up after that over 20:02 of run. They had massive front line depth issues with the two bigs getting hurt tonight on top of the other injuries and we went away from Roy/Tyler/West in the paint the second half with those 3 getting 7 total shots making 5.

  • Realist

    Seriously, they had Williams (6’9) starting at center. Why weren’t we pumping it inside and having Roy drops hooks on top of him all night long.

  • Tom

    We rank DEAD LAST in assists per game. Now, I know a lot of stats have to do with coaching schemes and teammates… but if you’re a starting point guard in this league YOUR TEAM CANNOT RANK DEAD LAST IN ASSISTS. There are no excuses for DEAD LAST. We need a new starting PG. We need one badly…

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  • poot

    DC is not a problem. Although i have said many times that he would make an ideal 20-24mpg change-of-pace point guard to a savvey veteran floor-general point guard (Kidd, Nash, etc) for a team competing for a championship. But after watching him against the Heat I have warmed up to the idea of cheering for a team with him as the starting point. I know the odds would be against the Pacers, but what a fun team, and a team that could win many games.

    the problem is the TEAM assists. Pacers have a lot of great scorers. So great they can get their buckets one on one at a fair clip. Granger’s game is being aggressive. Once West gets started on post moves he is always looking to finish. Same with Roy. George is the same, he won’t even start a move unless he intends on finishing it. Barbosa, Tyler, the team has a lot of these guys. a great asset for scoring…

    but there are so many times the defense collapses on Granger and 4 guys are wide open. He never thinks to pass. West and Roy draw help all the time, yet can’t seem to make a decisive pass out of the post. It’s like the teams strenght is their weakness….

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