Post-Game Grades: Pacers Outlast Kings

Big win in double OT for the Pacers in their home opener, knocking off the Kings 106-98. 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 - 47 MIN | 7-21 FG | 4-4 FT | 18 REB | 18 PTS
West has been far more assertive over the first three games than he was at any point last year, and I shudder to think where the Pacers would be without him. However, he might be pushing just a little too hard, as he’s missed 24 of his 38 shots over the last two games.
Gerald Green - 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS
A shaky start melted away in the second quarter, and we finally saw the efficient performance we were all hoping for from Green. Oh, yeah, and a couple of ridiculous dunks, too. He has no concept of gravity whatsoever.
Paul George - 48 MIN | 6-15 FG | 17 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS
There was a point in the second half, where I thought Paul finally shed the pressure of being a “go to guy,” and just played the game. He made mistakes after that, but was much more comfortable and effective. His rebounding (39 in three games) has been very impressive.
Roy Hibbert - 43 MIN | 6-11 FG | 10 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS
A double-double for Roy, but once again, the Pacers found it hard to get him shots. Through three games, only Ian Mahinmi is taking fewer shots per 36 minutes than Hibbert.
George Hill - 45 MIN | 7-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS
Other than the 7-for-17 shooting, George Hill’s line is very nice, but still, it’s hard to really give give marks to the ostensible floor general of an offense that spends so much time stagnating.

Tyler Hansbrough - 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 PTS
Nothing spectacular, but solid backup minutes, which Indiana will take.
Sam Young - 12 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 PTS
Not somebody I really want to see taking those corner 3s very often.
Ian Mahinmi - 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS
Something of a non-factor tonight.
D.J. Augustin – PG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 AST | 3 PTS
Like Mahinmi, didn’t really have much impact on the game, one way or the other.
Lance Stephenson - 32 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2 REB | 10 PTS | +22
One night after playing his best game in the NBA, it’s possible that Lance Stephenson was even more impressive against Sacramento. His line doesn’t look great, but he was +22 in 10 first half minutes, and that may be one of the most accurate in-game +/- results I’ve seen.

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