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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  • NoLookPass

    All I can say is thank goodness we opened up with the Raps, Cats and Kings or we would be 0-3.

    How on earth did Sam Young get anything but an F? He killed the bench +/- and the main reason Lance had such a good +/- since he didn’t have to play with Sam and his never ending bad play.

    This run in the first quarter was embarrassing to watch.
    3:48 Young 3pt Shot: Missed
    3:24 Young Turnover: Foul (1 TO)
    3:12 Young Layup Shot: Missed Block: Evans (2 BLK)
    3:10 Young Turnover: Bad Pass (2 TO)
    2:34 Mahinmi hits 2 FT
    1:51 Young Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)
    1:32 Young 3pt Shot: Missed

    So he blew up 6 of 7 chances all by himself.

    • ced

      I agree, Young was terrible last night, Hibbert got to touch the ball more. Mahinmi was so good in preseason I hope he’ll find his touch again. Lance is starting to play like a NBA player which is a great news. Also I hope Augustin will start to play like I think he can play because right now when you look at Collison stats…

      Some positive things BUT we’ve got to play like underdogs in every game, Every time we will play with the idea that we can play at 90% and still win we’ll have some troubles.

    • Aaron Huston

      I don’t know how that layup was considered a block. He was simply stripped by Evans as he was falling out of bounds. That was just a lazy play by Young. How players still go up for layups/dunks under the basket with soft hands is beyond me. Young shouldn’t have been stripped of the ball so easy. How do coaches not ingrain in you to squeeze the orange hard as you go up?

      Young deserves an F, not only was he just bad, but one of those bad passes just made me slap my forehead. He was trying to throw an entry pass to Hibbert and his man kept inching closer and closer to Hibbert, yet he throws the pass anyway and it gets intercepted. Just dumb.

      • NoLookPass

        They almost always call guys getting striped as a blocked shot.

  • Joe Betz

    Slowly but surely this team is coming together. The Cats loss will be the black eye on the season. I’m not worried about Young’s play. He made the team as a defensive specialist and is trying to do too much on the offensive end right now–that goes away when he enters late season games/ playoff games to try to shut someone down for the 0-5 minutes he will get at that time.

    • Jack Wright

      i’m slightly worried as long as he keeps turning the ball over and missing everything he throws up offensively. but at least gerald was able to turn it around last night. ian continues to be a dud. they’ll all improve hopefully.

  • Jack Wright

    vogel really needs to tighten the screws on this team. i cringe every time i start seeing the benchers come in (except for lance–he’s been playing nice). our turnovers kill us every game, and most of them are beyond careless. i think we’ll need to see vogel with a little more fire this year in order to for us to be where we want to be. as pleased as i am with our starting unit (even without granger), this year will be a disappointment if our bench guys don’t tighten it up.

    • Jack Wright

      also, it’s kinda weird to see lance stephenson in the game during those key moments of the game, such as down the stretch of OT, but i also sort of like it.

  • Depx

    The key to Stephenson is minutes and keeping him calm. I feel like he is one of those guys that if he gets burned on D, he wants to come back down and show the other guy what’s up. Also having more minutes for him to play keeps him from trying to do 30 minutes of play in 5 minutes. I feel like he’s got the skill, he just needs to been mindful of what’s going on, and that it’s not 1 on 5. If I remember right at the end of regulation he got the ball with little left on the clock and took off up court 1 on 4, but we called timeout for him.

  • Rex

    Lance Stephenson in during crunch time was really smart by Vogel, if he had Green in during crunch time we would of lost for sure

  • Depx

    Hibbert’s problem seems to be that he has a hard time being doubled in the post. Like he is either confused as to what to do, or we just aren’t playing it right and getting people open off the double. I remembered seeing it last season in a loss to Orlando at home, where they just kept doing it over and over and he/the team never figured out how to handle it. And now it just stands out to me all the time. Happens way too much.

  • Ian Murphy

    We had like 16 assists in a double overtime game.
    Gotta figure out what is going on with ball movement or the lack thereof. No one expects George Hill to drop 10 dimes a night, but you’d think we’d see more assists spread over the team.

  • Jeffrey Thompson

    Glad to see that Gerald Green had a great game. I was beginning to worry about him after his shaky start in the Pacers’first two games. I have very high expectations for this kid.

  • John W.

    everyone in indy is still all colts

  • NexSerenade (Mike)

    A couple of things I would change:

    Paul George to an A.

    -He played better than I expected. Made some mistakes but the defense and rebounding more than made up for that.

    David West to a B-.

    -There was probably 6 or 7 possessions I can think of off the top of my head where after the ball swung to 21 it never came back. There would be 10 seconds on the shot clock and he would just wait until it got to around 3 seconds and jack up a terrible one-handed shot around the free-throw line. Didn’t look comfortable at all.

    Sam Young to an F.

    -He was terrible. The one shot he made was an ally-oop that any one of the Pacer wings would’ve finished, and 3 of his 4 jump shots might as well have been turnovers they were so bad (and add in his 4 actual TOs and you can get a grasp on how badly he played.) First backcourt player off the bench should have been Lance and it was obvious before we even saw Lance play as well as he did.

    One last note: Gerald Green. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen in person. When he took off from the ground it literally looked like he was gliding on air out there. Simply fantastic. Watching him on T.V. just doesn’t do his hops any justice.

  • dwaink

    what struck me about this game was the feeling that every play we ran was an iso with everyone else standing and watching….way way too much standing and watching {the other guy on offense, the ball as it goes up(not blocking out), the guy with the ball dribbling} how is it that these guys aren’t moving to give the point guard an open man to pass to, just standing and watching…are they tired already? really? the season just started sheesh the conditioning coach needs fired if they are tired already
    if the Pacers are going to rebound this year, all this 4 and 5 at the 3 point line is going to have to stop as well.