Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat the Cavs For Real For Real This Time

The Pacers came out flat and it was kind of hilarious how badly they were playing. I believe they had 19 points after the first 17 minutes. Really ugly stuff against probably the worst team in the team not run by the greatest player of all time. (Without Kyrie anyway.)

But then they woke up and blew the game open in the third quarter. You can focus on the beginning or the end. The end is what matters. The fact is that good teams playing at home should dismantle bad teams. That’s what Indiana did. That outcome can, and does, occur in many ways throughout the rigors of an NBA season. But not even the 1996 Bulls beat all the teams they were supposed to beat wire-to-wire.

Just be happy with the final score and hope they do it again tomorrow in Brat City.

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,22 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS
Highly efficient if not uber-productive. But Jawed his way into a double technical with Tristan Thompson, which came right as Indiana started to pull away with a 19-5 run to open the 3rd, during which West scored 6 of his pts.
Danny Granger, 7-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 3 TO | 18 PTS
Torched the 3rd quarter, scoring 9 of his 18 during an under-3-min stretch as the Pacers took the Cavs behind the woodshed. Wasn’t needed after that.
Roy Hibbert, 25 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS
12 pts on 10 shots works and he is becoming increasingly present in the paint. Blocked a few shots and changed a few others while grabbing misses at a 14.4-per-36-min rate. For the uninitiated, that’s more than Love and Dwight average.
George Hill, 26 MIN | 4-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 15 PTS
You could mention that he missed 7 shots but that would be nit-picking. Hit enough 3s and FTs for that not to matter and racked up dimes while grabbing some boards and only turning it over once.
Paul George, SG 21 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS

Dahntay Jones, SG 22 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 PTS
Good thing they didn’t need his help.
Leandro Barbosa, 24 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS
Right on.
Louis Amundson, C 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 9 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS
Thems a many rebounds. 20.25 per 36 for Lou. Though garbage time makes it easier, eh?
A.J. Price, G 22 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS
Tyler Hansbrough, 4-10 FG | 8-8 FT | 1 REB | 3 STL | 16 PTS
Getting it done. Get a board though.
Jeff Pendergraph, F 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 PTS
Classic Pendergraph.
Kyrylo Fesenko, C 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS
Lance Stephenson, SG 3 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
Wasn’t really paying attention at the end. What color shoes did he have on? Adjust the C grade accordingly depending upon the answer to that question.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers

  •!/Msquared122 Mike

    Yes @ Fes A+. :)

  • redmid17

    Why do you constantly overgrade Tyler Hansfail

  • NoLookPass

    Redmid17 not everyone has personal agendas like you clearly do! Hansbrough was the games 2nd leading scorer just 2 points off the leader while taking 5 less shots, had the game high FT total going 8-for-8 thanks to drawing 7 second half fouls over 11 MIN and was also the game high leader with 3 steals. So with that said what kind of grade are you looking for?

  • dwain

    ok how about we try West,Roy, Lou, Fes, and Tyler as a line up…even Miami can’t clog that middle. anyways nice finish to the game Pacers!

  • Jordan

    Gonna have to disagree with the Lou assessment. He’d fouled out before garbage time. Being up double-digits in the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters doesn’t constitute “garbage time”. He did his work while Cleveland was still fighting.

  • Andrew

    look at Pendergraph putting up better numbers than Dahntay in < 1/5 the time

  • Mike

    I think Dwain is on to something here! Although they would need to play oldschool pass-only no-dribble bball. XD

  • NoLookPass

    Top-5 PER36 FTA leaders among players with 1,000 or more MP.
    9.9 for Dwight Howard
    7.7 for Kevin Love
    7.6 for LeBron James
    7.4 for Kobe Bryant
    7.4 for Tyler Hansbrough

  • poot

    A+ for Fes, but in all seriousness, his play against Cleveland’s finest dropped his over/under for playoff minutes down to 0.5 and I’m taking the under

  • redmid17

    A lottery pick whose only discernible skill is getting to the free throw line and hitting them is a waste of money. He’d deficient in rebounding, defending, and passing. His usage rate is above league average while his shooting %, even accounting for foul shots generated, is beyond pathetic for a post player. His TS% is pretty weak too. He’s also good for at least 2-3 WTF plays a game.

    I don’t really see what we lose by accurately grading him for what he is. Nor do I think we lose much by letting Lou and Fes take his minutes. They can try to bulldoze their way to the free throw line too. It’s not like Tyler has technique, skill or finesse where they don’t.

  • ir35 tax

    11. Which of the following best illustrates the post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy?
    A. I took the day off work to go to the beach and that’s why it rained.
    B. Because it rained at the football game, my new sweater got wet.
    C. Because it was 90 degrees today, I worked up a sweat playing tennis.
    D. Because I have studied diligently this semester, my grade average has improved