Post-Game Grades: Moving On

Well, that happened.

The best thing that you can say about that game is that it’s over, and now that I’ve deleted it from my DVR, I really don’t ever have to think about it, again.

It was just bad basketball. For both teams.

It really was a demonstration of the worst thing about the NBA’s long, tight schedule. The Pacers were playing the second night of a back-to-back, with the first one being a tense, emotional victory. Boston had a day’s rest, but, for the most part, they’re just old, and they play an ugly style of basketball.

Voila. Bad basketball.

There are going to be people who talk about how dominant Boston’s defense was. Whatever. It really wasn’t. For most of the game, Boston’s biggest accomplishment was to get out of the way while the Pacers stumbled all over themselves.

By the same token, while the results were awful for the Pacers, it was mostly that they just could not get anything going. It was an alarm-clock-not-going-off-broken-shoelace-flat-tire kind of game. They made mistakes and missed shots, but it’s kind of hard to roast a team that held their opponent to less than a point per possession.

It was one of those games where it just wasn’t going to happen, but the game went on anyway. And now it’s over.

So, move on to the next game, and kick Toronto’s ass.

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 33 MIN | 8-10 FG | 4 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -9

Actually, was the only consistent offensive presence on the night, but like I’ll say with the rest..Move on to the next game.

Danny Granger, SF 35 MIN | 6-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 20 PTS | -2

Move on to the next game.

Roy Hibbert, C 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-6 FT | 17 REB | 9 PTS | -2

Move on to the next game.

Darren Collison, PG 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -9

Move on to the next game.

Paul George, SG 29 MIN | 0-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | -8

Move on to the next game.

Dahntay Jones, SG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 PTS | -12

Move on to the next game.

Leandro Barbosa, SG 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -5

Move on to the next game.

Louis Amundson, C 12 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 PTS | -4

Move on to the next game.

George Hill, SG 19 MIN | 0-6 FG | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -7

Move on to the next game.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 PTS | -12

Move on to the next game.

Tags: Boston Celtics Move Along Nothing To See Here Post-Game Grades

  • Realist

    I heard a rumour that jumpers come up short when fatigue is a factor.

  • longtimewatcher

    Paul, Dahntay, Lou, George, and Tyler go a combined 1 for 23, and we give them all B’s? If you were a teacher, your class would be full.

  • thejoshbaker

    Man, watcher, you did not get this at all.

  • NoLookPass

    Would be nice to take that MIB flash gimmick and forget about this one but this is how we can get exposed when Danny isn’t in his groove. When Danny is off it puts pressure on everyone else on the roster and only West is good enough to over come it but we love to ignore him when he’s hot. Also when Danny is off its murders our bench since he tends to be the lone starter who plays with them in the 1st and 3rd and helps opens things up for those other 4 guys.

    When the starters aren’t clicking we need the bench to step up but they have no idea right now and its noting but one on one play with those dudes…..

    Hill isn’t much of a PG, he tries hard but its killing his overall game. The only time he’s having good games anymore is when he gets burn with the starters. Over the last 9 since his big 24 point game he’s shooting 14-for-48 29.2%! Its his 4th time getting blanked since the trade to go along with 2 more 1 hoop games.

    How is it even possible for Tyler to take 2 shots over 19 MIN with half of them coming off the offensive glass. We need to dump the jump shots and use him in the paint, he will get some of his shots erased but he tends to recover then and then get to the line. The last round of by the numbers show the jumpers aren’t working. We need to take advantage of his ability to draw fouls by depleting other teams depth and either exploiting the bonus or help reach it quicker in the 2nd and 4th.

    D Jones is all or nothing, Lou has thinks he’s a legit scorer but is very limited when he has a defender on him. Barbosa is picking up the pace but he’s the only one who doesn’t doesn’t need someone to set him up since most all of his makes is using his speed to take it to the hole for some wild layup.

    John Hollinger ‏dropped a line on twitter which is funny and accurate when talking about the
    USA Jr. Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit….

    “US team is a bunch of scorers with no point guard. It’s basically like watching a Pacers game.”

    Its fitting for the whole year but especially after picking up just 11 dimes tonight to fall to 0-6 when held to 12 or less this season.

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  • br

    as slick said….

    just one of those games where nothing goes right.

  • dwain

    the only thing worse than watching another team beat the Pacers…is watching the Pacers beat themselves

  • longtimewatcher

    Baker, nothing against Tim and wanting to put this behind us, but just like the teacher who gives out all B’s, it minimizes the effort of others, like that which goes into a 17 rebound game on the heels of a 21 and 12 effort against the Thunder. Exceptions can be made. Should every comment say, Move on to the next game? It was also an attempt at a bit of humor, and it obviously fell flat with you. Sorry.

  • Tim Donahue

    Trust me, when I say that Hibbert was helped immensely by grade inflation here, too.

  • longtimewatcher

    So, move on to the next game, and kick Toronto’s ass! I see they get to play the Thunder tonight in Oklahoma. I don’t want to jinx anything, but it should be a mismatch on Monday.

  • King

    Not a fan of the just move on mantra for this game. Celtics are the epitome of playoff basketball, you gotta learn from this game and adjust your mindset for May. You will have to play this style of ball again.

  • Alan

    I know we were tired. I know we were high on ourselves for beating OKC. But we HAVE to realize we are playing for the 3rd seed in the east. We were only 1 1/2 games up on the magic and hawks and now were only a half game up on orlando. Nothing bothers me more than seeing them come out flat. No energy out there last night. We were playing BOSTON that should be big enough in itself. The crowd was a nice size again. We should have won this game or at least showed up.

  • Alan

    half game on atlanta and a game on orlando

  • little B

    I would love to move on from this game. I just hope this isn’t a sign of things to come in the playoffs. It appears the Pacers can hang with anyone and can beat anyone(definatley from the West), but I am only worried what they can do in a series. It is evident they can’t sweep anyone. My only concern is our lack of wins against possible teams the Pacers will face in the Playoffs. Pacers do not have a winning record this year vs. any team in the Eastern Conference that is positioned to be in the playoffs. Their only chance is to win the last two games against PHI that they have and win the last game against CHI(which should be feasible since they will have the Home court locked up and will have no reason to even play the game). This Pacer team is a huge stepup from last years team, so they deserve alot of credit. But right now I see them possibly winning the first round in 7 games and then losing the second round in 5 or 6 games. Which is really good no doubt from where they have been, but this game is just evidence they can’t dominate a team when they should have. They won the first 2 games of the series, they should have atleast went 3-1 against them. Won’t get very far in the playoffs if you can’t beat the teams in your conference or even split the series against most of them. This is what they need to improve on next year as a schedule outlook standpoint.

  • NoLookPass

    With Hill starting for DC and his sore groin it opens up the door for A.J. Price to get some run. For the good of his career AJ needs to come out and find Danny and Tyler for some good looks and show teams he can run an offensive, and as poor as PG play has been maybe even find a way to for some MIN here.

  • NoLookPass

    Why on earth do we give it to Hansbrough with no time on the shot or game clock, the only one I think he’s made ever was when he was in his spot on the side to hit his mid range jumper.

  • Realist

    Anybody else ready for an update?

  • So_where_is_the_update?

    its been a while…How am I supposed to function in the morning if I can’t read your blog?

  • WHY DC?

    why are all the free throw plays to close games for collison because he cant make a free throw. The free throw plays should be for granger who is shooting a better percentage and is much more clutch than collison who struggles at the line in big situations. The free throw plays always get collison open and he can never mke two free throws in a row. Sometimes coach vogel’s play calling is bad also like giving collison the game winning shot like against the heat is so dumb. Sometimes coach wogel gets on my nerves with his decisions.

  • Mike

    Where’s my free content!!!??? Don’t make me start checking IndyCornrows first thing in the morning! In all seriousness. Pacers beat the Craptors and play the Cavs two games in a row. Lots of bad basketball to be played.