Post-Game Grades: Spurs Outplay Pacers

“A good team playing well ran into a great team playing better.” There is really no better way to sum this one up than how they did with that opening sentence on Sure, Indiana shot 53.2% and recorded 21 assists on 42 made baskets. And, yup, a lot of the Indiana players finished with good lines. But they were really never in this game and got completely out-classed by what, at least tonight, was undisputedly a better team.

Tim Duncan made it look like 2005, Tony Parker showed just how good he has become and Manu once again proved to the world that he’s the best player in the league who comes off the bench, silly year-end awards be damned. The Pacers defense really never put any pressure on the Spurs stars — or even their middling fellas — and that passivity allowed the whole San Antonio team to operate as a unit and dismantle Indy’s standstill, reactive defenders. I wouldn’t exactly say one team was playing chess while the other was playing checkers. They were both playing chess. One team just looked like a grandmaster.

Spoiler alert: it wasn’t the Pacers.

They mounted a late, marginal comeback effort that was aided by a four-point play by Danny Granger, and did manage to cut it first to 10 then to single digits and once as low as, I believe, 7. But that scrambling urgency started way too late, and the Spurs had built way too large of a cushion against a Pacers team that was never able to attack enough to put San Antonio on its heels. From start to finish, the Spurs, mainly through execution and precision more so through effort, did whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Indiana was efficient and successful on offense as well, but it just sorta seemed to come due to the Spurs indifference. It’s as if Coach Gregg Popovich and company said, “Sure, feel free to score 3 points to every 4 we get. Let me know how that works out for you after the game.”

Nobody played bad, but the team didn’t play well enough. Thus, see the grades. Very definition of a team loss.

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 34 MIN | 7-16 FG | 3 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS 

Played OK.

Danny Granger, SF 37 MIN | 7-13 FG | 3 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS

Played OK.

Roy Hibbert, C 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 7 REB | 4 BLK | 15 PTS

Played OK.

Darren Collison, PG 25 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 AST | 8 PTS

Played OK.

Paul George, SG 28 MIN | 8-11 FG | 5 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS

Played rather well, aside from some early foul trouble.

Dahntay Jones, SG 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS 

Played OK.

Leandro Barbosa, SG 14 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1 AST | 3 TOS | 3 PTS

Played rather poorly, aside from hitting one three.

Louis Amundson, C 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 PTS

Played OK.

George Hill, SG 30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 7 REB | 6 AST | 9 PTS

Played OK.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 17 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2 REB | 12 PTS

Played OK.


Tags: Post-Game Grades San Antonio Spurs

  • NoLookPass

    I wasn’t a fan of Frank riding the starters minus DC so hard in the second half down big to a great team with a game tomorrow. Chances are we were going to drop this regardless now we have tired legs going into to play a rested Houston team who’s solid at home.

    I think Frank is a great motivator and babysitter of a younger team but I’m not much of a fan of his coaching style. I still have no idea what our offensive game plan is and hate defense. We are losing the offense rebounding battle far to often and it seemingly comes from our PF getting pulled out to the 3 point line WAY too much, especially with Tyler. When one of our big men goes to the outside other teams are taking Roy of of the picture and his defensive rebounds are dropping, He has only 2 double figure rebound game in second half of the season and in both of those games he’s had 5 or more offensive rebounds.

    Barbosa is still sucking it up in all aspects of the game and its killing the bench and team! Hill had a nice game but his shot was broke. Tyler was hitting jumpers for a change but he needs to get that mask off when shooting FT, he went from pure money to broke from the stripe since getting smashed. I went over the rebound bit already but this was his 5th game with 2 or less rebounds and was lucky to get them on a long offensive rebound and picked up another off a big Roy blocked shot.

    Smash mouth basketball is officially dead with this team and asking our guards to get so many rebounds and our big men to pick up so many 3 point shooters is going to come back and kill us in the playoffs.

  • dwain

    ok u didn’t feel near as bad about this loss as some of the others
    they dug themselves another huge hole to dig out of in the first half again, that has to be fixed
    as NoLook states the rebounding scheme is not working, u can’t clear out and rebound
    another good point made by NOLook, Barbosa….since when did we get him to try and have him be the driving guard? he is the guy the driving guard kicks out to for a killer 3 dagger(his defense also stinks)
    someone…please get the hell in front of a driving guard from the other team…or at least charge a toll for letting them through the middle…and while u are at it put a frickin body on another player to at least block out instead of handing them a rebound?

    as to NoLook’s coaching points…i can’t say…sure seems this team is woefully under prepared at times and the offense looks totally lost so much that it makes u wonder what the hell they are thinking in practice…in coach V’s defense i got to wonder how he can possibly set a line up rotation when there is no telling who came to play and who didn’t, that said his substitutions seem …really bad

    but they came with energy, they fought with heart and there were a few bright spots in this game, i really liked much of Tyler’s play( B worthy methinks) and there has to be some way of getting him back down to the baseline after a pick an pop play to rebound(per NoLook’s point) because when he is in there and at the 3 point line …we have no rebounding

    this franchise has always been known for it’s rebounding and scraping for the ball, with Foster’s departure i wonder if we can count on that again as no one now here seems to understand the value of a second shot, holding the enemy to one and done(every time) and the basic steps needed to get to that point…block out always, dive and fight for the ball, cut the passing lanes off and never ever let a guard right down through the middle untouched

    George’s play was exceptional in this matter at points, if he would quit reaching early(move yer frickin feet!) and stay on the court to help his team we might expect 20 points, 5 steals, 10 rebounds and several assists out of this soon to be star

    Go Pacers!!!!!!!!!

  • NoLookPass

    End of the first quarter follow up to this West/Roy/Tyler/Lou have 2 defensive rebounds at the end of he 1st and we have gave up 7 offensive. The two D. rebounds our big guys have came off a block and a ball slammed off the backboard coming out close to FT in in a scramble.