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.
|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.