November 19, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards power forward Trevor Booker (35) defends in the second half at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards Game Grades

You know there’s something wrong with your basketball team when a game against a winless 0-8 team seems like a toss-up. Given the way this season has gone, it would make way too much sense for the Pacers to offer up the first win to the Wizards. Halfway through the game, though, it looked like the Pacers were going to play a complete game and win like they should. Yet, with just over 3 minutes to go, it was a 1 point game and the Pacers looked like they were ready to blow another win. Despite their best efforts, the Pacers held on, and won’t be remembered as the first team to give up a win to the last remaining winless squad. Today’s Thanksgiving themed object will be a CORNUCOPIA.

 

Grades

OFFENSE

3 CORNUCOPIAS

The end result of 96 points is significantly better than what the Pacers have shown this year. Per usual, 3 point shooting was bad and turnovers were a problem. The difference on this night was the Pacers’ new found ability to make shots inside the arc. Indiana shot 31-51 on 2 point shots, and 25-29 from the free throw line.

DEFENSE

4 CORNUCOPIAS

It’s never a “bad” thing to hold a professional basketball team under 90 points. The Pacers have done that more often than not this year and it has a lot to do with forcing the opponent into bad shots. Tonight was no different. The Wizards shot a measly 35% from the field.

STARTERS

3 CORNUCOPIAS

David West turned in his best game of the season, dropping 30 points on only 14 shots. Roy Hibbert finally played like an All Star on the offensive end, shooting 8-10 and earning 20 points and 12 rebounds. That’s the type of big man this team thought they were resigning. That was the good. The rest of the starters struggled to get their shots going, and Lance Stephenson ended the game with only 16 minutes.

BENCH

3 CORNUCOPIAS

Sam Young continued his string of impressive games. His physicality and selflessness is incredibly valuable to this Pacers team. He brings  a different attitude off the bench, and tonight Coach Vogel deemed his play worthy of a whopping 35 minutes. The rest of the bench didn’t shoot very well, but did limit mistakes.

OVERALL

3 CORNUCOPIAS

A win is a win, but sometimes they leave something to be desired. All season the Pacers have been a disappointment, but when a winless team pops up on the schedule, people start to get excited. It looked like the Pacers were going to put together a solid game and handle business, but they wanted to make it exciting. I, for one, am tired of exciting and would appreciate a good blowout of a bad team. Is that too much to ask for?

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