Post-Game Grades: Pacers Get Blown Out in a Pivotal Game 5 that Gets Out of Hand


Quite the game. Not much to analyze. Pacers looked like they should have gotten blown out early but somehow stuck around. Then did get blown out badly in what was one of the worst offensive nights I can remember from this team all season. Not exactly what you want to be doing in a near-must-win Game 5 probably.

There were a ton of flagrant fouls and we’ll get to that later, I guess, since we probably have to. But most unfortunately, Danny Granger sprained his ankle, left the game and is now day-to-day heading into Game 6. After the game he said his foot would have to “fall off” for him to not “at least try to play” on Thursday, so we can expect him in uniform — “he’ll just take a bunch of pain medication.” Whether he can be effective remains to be seen. David West also sprained his knee but he could have returned the the game. Had, ya know, they not been down 20 in the third quarter.

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, PF 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS
Missed his first 5 shots, some which came on good looks, and helped set the tone for an offense that couldn’t have been much less productive.And don’t be fooled by the not-egregiously bad line. 2 made shots came after it was basically over. He was 3-for-11 in meaningful time with few boards while getting handled by Shane Battier.
Danny Granger, SF 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS
His 3s were all the Pacers had going for them early. The injury looked like it really hobbled him. Certainly won’t be 100% for Game 6, which doesn’t bode well.
Roy Hibbert, C 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS
Hard to be mad when he’s that uninvolved, but he really doesn’t establish great position or make himself a good target. Terrible entry passers are the larger problem and he of course needs the ball more. But need to not miss layups you do get and generally be more efficient.
George Hill, SG 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS
What would ya say ya do here?
Paul George, SG 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS
Same as West with the final line not being gross thing. He was. Very much so. Played some decent half-court defense early but had two ugly turnovers early and only made 1 of his first 7 shots. Defense is his job, first and foremost, but he needs to do something. And if he isn’t going to initiate offense in the half-court, he at least can’t blow good transition chances.

Dahntay Jones, SG 24 MIN | 1-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS
MVP probably, which is hilarious because look at his line. Played a bunch of good one-on-one defense of Dwyane though and stuck a corner three back when points still mattered. (5 of him missed shots were in the 4th.)
Leandro Barbosa, SG 18 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS
LVP probably. The sequence when he heaved up a 28-footer and then took a 15-foot finger roll aptly summer up his night. Or perhaps there was the time he iso’d Mike Miller, who can barely walk anyway and was only wearing one shoe, and settled for a 3. Take your pick.
Louis Amundson, C 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS
Seemed to play well enough but didn’t have much impact on the game other than that one dunk.
A.J. Price, G 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS
Garbage time.
Tyler Hansbrough, 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS
Almost took Wade’s eye out and helped ramp the animosity of this series up a notch. So there’s that. Hit a nice jumper. Was fine overall in his first-half sting if not overwhelmingly helpful. Nearly lost his left arm to a vicious Thor attack from Udonis Haslem.
Darren Collison, PG 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS
Missed a layup that was pretty ugly to watch. But certainly added some life to the effort and tried to push the ball. It didn’t work, per se, mind you, but he gave it a go.
Jeff Pendergraph, F 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS
Garbage time.
Lance Stephenson, SG 6 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 AST | 1 PTS
May have gotten a concussion.

Tags: 2012 Playoffs Game Recap

  • Realist

    Just try and win the rebounding in Game 6 and see how we do.

    Pittman will get done, but nobody else will get anything of substance because Wade’s ridiculous tantrum-shoulder-tackle on Collison needs to remain under the rug.

  • NoLookPass

    We need them to miss some shots so we can ever have a shot at some rebounds, not too many chances when they are hitting 61.4% from the field.

  • Zach Winningham

    Told a friend before the game, “How many more games can Battier, Miller, and James Jones miss every single shot they take?” The answer is none. None more games.

  • NoLookPass

    Is the inflated PT hurting West?

    He averaged 28:36 in the second half of the year and shot 51% and had a good first playoff game shooting 57.1% in 33:47 then he jumped in MP and his FG% fell. He’s at 40.7% since that first good game and that’s with a 50% shooting game in the first game of this series after 4 full days off.

    He’s also seeing his rebounds drop 12-10-9-6-4 over the series. The same could be said for Danny, PG, Barbosa and Hill while Roy is maintaining his numbers but has also had he benefit of not having faced any legit centers. It stands out more with West since he was coming off injury and is the oldest player on the team while also seeing one the largest inflation in his PT.

    Our claim to fame was depth and the ability to go balls out for 48 full and keep coming in waves, but now we’ve disrupted our rotations going with more untested units by adjusting everyone PT. In turn we’ve been seeing some guys get ran down with the added MP on top of a more physical game getting played in addition to the condensed season. And most all of those players shooting numbers are way down and we’re also seeing the team fade a bunch in the 4th.

    So my question did we make a mistake by getting away from what go us here?

  • Chris D.

    Good one, Zach.

    West gets an F. He was brought in to be a leader for a leaderless team, not to be a big time scorer. We got neither last night. Was it just me, or did that team look hang dog five minutes into Q3? Where did the David West from the end of game one go?

    Roy gets a F. He makes no effort tow set foot in the paint. When he does, he’s often 8 feet from the rim. Anyone can post him up. Anyone. Anyone can run through the back door at will for a reverse layup. Anyone. Anyone can pull up at the top of the key for a teardrop. Anyone. Anyone can out rebound him. Anyone. If you could put Lou’s spunk in Roy’s body, we’d have another Jeff Foster.

  • other mike

    just don’t let em do you on your home court…

  • little B

    Grades look appropriate. Tyler should have gotten an A for drawing blood on Wade on a LEGAL play. But right now Tyler should have an Incomplete, if Haslem gets suspended(which he won’t), Pacers have no reason (unless West and Granger are hurt) to lose game 6.
    @ No look
    I think your exactly right about West, I think he is gassed. I think he has been this whole series. Seems as if he doesn’t want to spend the energy to dominate in the post like he was the last month of the season. This is something Vogel needs to keep in mind before the Pacers enter the playoffs next year and implement in the regular season. Against tough teams his rotational substitution needs to go out the window and he needs give the role players more minutes so they are ready for it in the playoffs.
    Officiating by no means lost the Pacers that game, horrible offensive schemes were the cause of that, but the officials clearly have not wanted to make any calls that would effect the chances of the Heat winning any of these games. 3 calls of flagarant 1′s have been given to heat players when they had no intent for a play on the ball. Basic flagarant 2 foul. Hansborough’s is really up to the officials, but to say Haslems is the same you must be a Heat fan or Hansborough hater. He actually blocks the shot and his follow through is what makes it borderline.
    Through the regular season when the Pacers played the Heat, or any really good veteran filled teams, you could see a problem with the offensive schemes. It almost appeared the Heat knew what play is called and don’t even let the play even get brewed up. I think that is what is happening here and why it appears the Pacers are so lost on offense. Guys should be coming off screens wide open and instead the other team jumps every single play. Leaving the Pacers with shot clock expiring contested 3 pointer after another. Vogel’s simple offensive schemes maybe too simple in the post season. Something else they are going to have to work on next year through the season if they want to get anywhere in the playoffs.
    Above I mentioned a couple times somehting they need to look at next year. I am not counting the Pacers out of this at all (well unless Granger or West are hurt). I expect to see alot of stupid jumpers from Wade and James this next game and the Pacers need to be prepared to rebound. If you watch the Pacers rebound they crash the paint, but they don’t look back to box anyone out, so James, Wade, Haslem, even Miller come flying in and get rebounds over them. If the Pacers lose game 6 with Granger and West on the floor it will be very disappointing. Pacers have a chance to redeem themselves and show what backbone they have by winning this game and forcing a winner take all game 7. Anything can happen in game 7. I just hope the Pacers are the bigger man and give their hard shots back legally. Otherwise they will make a bad name for the franchise again. But it will be hard to since Joe Crawford will be appointed to officiated this game. NBA won’t want James or Wade getting hurt.

  • Joel

    last night was dang embarrassing…..haven’t seen a game that ugly in a while. pacers didnt deserve to be on the same court as the heat last night. i literally didnt see one player come to play other than danny. horrible

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