Post-Game Grades: Pacers Win Sloppy Game 2

Series tied 1-1. Pacers looked like they should have been down 30 in the first half. They looked in complete control in the third quarter and into the fourth. Then the ending was a gross display of futility from teams that couldn’t score or hit a free throw. Ugly stuff, but the Pacers made more plays than their opponents and now get to head to Indiana with home court advantage against a depleted and very beatable Heat team that needs to win a game on the road.

More on this game in the hours and days to come. For now, 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 41 MIN | 5-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 10 REB | 2 BLK | 16 PTS
Had 7 of the Pacers’ 17 pts in the 4th and set the tone for the period by not settling for shots outside of the paint late. Execution wasn’t great there, but Indy’s mentality of attacking the lane was encouraging.
Danny Granger 5-14 FG | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 4 TO | 11 PTS
Gross first half, shooting just 2-of-7 with 2 TOs. But was an effective aggressor after the break, especially in a 3rd quarter during which the Pacers took control and hit 10 of 18 shots. The only play better than his blow by to score on LeBron may have been his monster block on that same, aforementioned King. Fouled out.
Roy Hibbert 33 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 BLK | 8 PTS
Many were predicting him to drop a 20/10 without Bosh on the court. Not so much. He is not someone you run your offense through — for a lot of reasons. He’s much better when he’s playing off of others, hitting the glass, protecting the rim, which he did very well tonight.
George Hill 35 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 TO | 15 PTS
He missed the free throw late, and only scored a point in the 4th, but without him in the second and third quarter, the Pacers are probably facing a 20-point deficit in the middle of the game.
Paul George 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 11 REB | 3 STL | 10 PTS
By the time Wade spun by him for a dunk, it looked like yet another bad playoff game for George. But he later lived up to his lock-down reputation, forcing both Wade and LeBron into very tough shots again and again. Team defense won this game and Paul’s work allowed everything else to work. His block of LeBron James late in the game is as big of a defensive play as you’ll see in the series. Needs to not miss clutch free throws though. Boo on that.

Darren Collison 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS
Not up to his (high) 2012 playoff standards but was still solid. He looked good with that deadly pull up off the PnR.
Dahntay Jones 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS
Dahntay has provided some excellent minutes in the past two games and Indiana might turn out to be glad that foul trouble forced him to show how well he can play against Miami at times. Plus, he has a new fan. RT @hpbasketball: I like Dahntay Jones. I’m one of like, five peope, but I do.
Leandro Barbosa 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS
I have tripled-checked the box score now and it still says Barbosa only had 8 pts. Felt like a bigger presence for sure. And could have easily taken a jumper on Indy’s last possession after the ORB. But took it to the hole and it ended up getting Roy to the line. Leandro can be all or nothing and he was “nothing” early on. Mark him down for “all” in the second half though.
Louis Amundson 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS
Barely remember him playing. He didn’t in the second half.
Tyler Hansbrough, 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 PF | 0 PTS
Wasn’t hitting his jumper, and really wasn’t able to make any impact with his energy. Vogel opted not to use him in the second half. 

Tags: 2012 Playoffs Game Recap Pacers Vs. Heat

  • dwain

    i was screaming for Danny and Vogels head in the first half and in stunned silent(like the Miami crowd) disbelief when they won, but any landing u can walk away from is a good one. Now lets hope they can wake up and play at home, for the love of God quit standing around looking at each other on offense while the PG dribbles away the clock…this is the playoffs guys, u win this series u are a series away from the NBA championship round. Go Pacers!!!

  • Realist

    Granger should get a B or B+ for knocking Lebron’s headband off.

  • Tom

    We can win this thing. Dear god, can’t believe I’m saying this…. but we can actually win this thing

  • Macho Man Randy

    I stomped on the ground so hard, I was probably scaring the crap out of the neighbors when our offense went stagnant at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters! Luckily, we were able to battle back, but c’mon guys we gotta hit our free throws!!!! I also understand that they are fronting Hibbert and West, but we need to start moving our offense through the post somehow to prevent these types of shooting droughts. Great ball movement in the 3rd quarters, Barbosa made up for his bad defense by making some insane lay-ups off the glass, and despite still not contributing a whole lot on offense Danny and PG really ramped up their defense in this game and it sure showed! Take a look at what I wrote about this game here feel free to comment!

  • Realist

    You better believe it, baby.

  • Jacob

    Vogel’s coaching style once again gets us by. No matter how poor the Pacers may be playing, Vogel always convinces the team that they are at their best when at their worst. Great game!

  • space potato

    The Heat could still win in 5, but it was a lot of fun to see them steal one and take homecourt advantage. Fastbreaks are killing the Pacers. The Heat get back amazingly fast, and are allowed to do almost anything they want (but not tackling, Wade, you dirty asshole). So many blocks and missed layups, but the game was called much better than the first one. And on the other end, the Pacers got a bunch of huge blocks. They showed a lot of resilience. And I agree – Barbosa was huge in the second half.

    I love seeing Granger get up in James’ face.

  • NoLookPass

    C- minus for Tyler is rough but a B+ for Barbosa is one of the worst grades I’ve ever seen posted here he was a -18 in a 3 point win and some late FT helped lower it down to that bad after being over -20.

    Thank god James isn’t a finisher and it rubbed off on Wade tonight with both missing some wide open looks late and in the second half. I still think we need less Leandro Barbosa -18 after his -15 in game one and can’t hit a jumper to save his life and always makes the wrong read on passing and hold the ball to lone, but luckily he can cherry pick enough layups to somewhat make up for most of his no defense.

    Very lucky to escape thanks to the Heat shooting .346/.062/.690 and us getting a rare white hot shooting run in the 3rd. Hope we don’t need Hansbrough again after getting 7:08 and 3 shots over the last 6 quarters after his hot start to game one and losing his PT to no fault of his own I would expect he’s going to say F it and hoist every time he gets it from here out if he even gets to play again, same with Lou but he shoots every time he touches it anyway so nobody will notice.

    1 shot and 2 FTA for Big Roy in the second half was rather interesting. Good thing West came up big with 14 in the second half after having just 2 at the break, he saved the day. Heat shot 8 FT in the first half and 21 in the second, I bet the are sick for settling for so many jumpers early but I can’t see them ever doing it again. Hope we get some calls at home in game 3 because I bet they come on attacking looking to get our rotations out of whack early especially PG and look to get 35+ FTA on the board.

    Sweet to steal home court now we need to find a way to hold serve and hope West and Danny don’t run out of gas.

  • Joe B

    Without Bosh, Wade and James have too much to handle. Shortened season and mass minutes equals fatigue late, which cost the Heat tonight. Granger was 1-10 in game one and the Pacers lost by a few possessions but could have won the game. He was more aggressive tonight and shot better than 10%. Surprise: when your leading scorer hits close to half his shots, you have a better chance to win. Bottom line: the Pacers will have a chance to win in the fourth each night and should feel, seriously, that they can win this series.

  • Drew

    The starting lining up Good, and bad:
    Bad: Danny needs to calm the hell down when he gets stopped offensively. He gets embarrassed from time to time, and doesn’t know how to deal with it. Love it or leave, Lebron is doing a great job defensively guarding Granger. More last game than this game. D West is doing a great job controlling the floor, and getting no credit. If Collison’s defense could be paired with Hill’s offense then we would be set. George (Paul) needs to quit trying to be Kobe with the scoring, and Jordan with the steals. You cant pull that shit with Wayde, because he is D Wayde. Hibbert needs to post more, and realize he is surrounded by (NBA standard) midgets.
    Good: Granger can only get better from here on. Hints; all of April. West is the silent assassin in my opinion. Get that dude a ring. Cant ask much from him. I will, and do take the Hill/Collision combo over just about any other 1 spot in the league. George is learning from every minute that he is playing in the playoffs. Every game we are witnessing leaps and bounds. I was going to say it will come in handy next year, but let’s roll the dice this year. I am not sure that Hibbert knows what to do with himself without two dudes hanging on him, so I will wait until next game to comment. Either way. If he is staying out of foul trouble than I am happy.
    This game makes reading and posting to this blog all year long worth it. Let’s get nucking futs in the field house Thursday. Pacers nation has a chance to win this thing. Never been prouder.

  • MCR

    Since I have the gigantic misfortune to no longer live in the Hoosier State, yes, Drew, you and yours had better get “nucking futs” in the Fieldhouse Thursday. That place had better be rocking from the start. That’s the best part of tonight for me, knowing that everyone in Indy will notice and come out in force for G3. Makes me want to go watch “Winning Time” again, just for the crowd scenes in MSA.

  • Ian

    LeBron and Wade were looking TIRED last night. That stretch when the Pacers pulled away briefly in the 3rd LeBron was walking it up the court (though he still maanged to score several times).

    As bad as Danny has been, guarding both him and David West, plus the sheer load LeBron has to carry without Bosh is really wearing him down. I’m wondering if the Pacers should dust off the old Reggie Miller playbook and start having Danny running off multiple screens and see if they can tire James even further.

  • Zach Winningham

    When I’m wrong I’ll admit it. I thought the Pacers would lose by double digits. They didn’t. Game three a must-win. We have to smell blood and attack. Winning game three would take pressure off of us for game 4. We “haven’t been there” like LeBron and Wade, so I’m not sure we could handle that kind of pressure. GO PACERS!

  • pg

    Paul George was +20. Thats the epitome of defense. I hope they keep Lebron on David West because he might be one of the the few players in the league that can just push Lebron around like a rag doll.