Post Game Grades: For One Night, Plenty for the Pacers to be Thankful for


The Pacers 115-107 overtime victory over the short-handed New Orleans Hornets wasn’t a lot of things. It wasn’t particularly impressive. It wasn’t dominating. It wasn’t an indication of better days.

However, it was a whole lot of fun. The game was close throughout, and while it wasn’t a hallmark defensive game, there was plenty of action at both ends.

And then there were the records.

Roy Hibbert set a franchise record with 11 blocks on his way to a 10-point, 11-rebound, 11-block triple double. And while that’s fantastic, it was overshadowed by Paul George’s second half explosion.

George scored 33 of his career high points in a second half, where he hit 9 of his 11 three-point attempts. Most impressive was the fourth quarter and overtime. After missing all 16 of his fourth quarter three point attempts this season, the 6’10” wing nailed all five during the last 17 minutes of game time tonight.

Paul George hit a franchise-record 9 threes tonight.

So tonight, Pacer fans can be thankful for PG, the Big Fella, and a win over the Hornets.

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 42 MIN | 8-16 FG | 7 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | +16

The Pacer 4th quarter surge started with a David West bucket, then continued as Indiana ran their offense through West. On record-setting nights from a pair of his teammates, the veteran 4 was the foundation upon which the game was won.

Paul George, SF 34 MIN | 13-21 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 37 PTS | +8

A franchise record 9 threes is going to be perceived by some as flukey. So what if it was? It was a great performance. After the game, Paul Flannery of SBNation said to me, “It doesn’t matter if it is replicable, it only matters if it happened while I was there.” Good attitude.

Roy Hibbert, C 36 MIN | 3-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +4

This is basically what you want to get from Roy – defensive anchor – a little bit of offense. You can’t expect 11 blocks every night, but you should be able to expect better than 25% shooting. Should.

George Hill, PG 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 16 PTS | +3

Very nicely filled out line for Hill, who didn’t have to press for offense tonight.

Lance Stephenson, SG 37 MIN | 5-9 FG | 5 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | +16

Like Hill, Stephenson gave a complete game in support of the win. Continues to establish himself as the fifth member of both the starting and finishing units.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 9-10 FT | 3 REB | 11 PTS | +1

With 10 FTAs in 17 minutes, Hansbrough now has 68 FTAs in 244 minutes. That’s over 10 FTAs per 36 minutes. That’s thoroughly ridiculous.

Sam Young, SF 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -10

Didn’t shoot well, but continues to be an active player at both ends.

Gerald Green, SF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 PTS | +2

Pretty much a non-factor,but gets the “+” for rescuing a DJ Augustin pass that was about to exit the Earth’s atmosphere, and turning it into an alley oop.

Ian Mahinmi, C 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5

Would like to see him start hitting shots, but had two blocks and several other good challenges at the rim.

D.J. Augustin, PG 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 PTS | +5

Still not playing great, but looked much more solid out there. Played a season-high 18 minutes.

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  • NLP

    Another thing that makes Tyler’s FT rate that’s amazing is that he went 3 games without any FTA at over MP to keep his Per36 that low.

  • NLP

    Its amazing and somewhat comical how much crazy things we need to go right to win games this year vs bad teams. Most of the problem is how dumb Frank is with his bench, It was the second game in a row Frank craps himself on his second half bench usage and it almost cost us both games vs bad teams without their best players.

    We had to win a game in OT vs New Orleans in a second night of a back-to-back with no Davis or Gordon. In a game at home in which Roy got a triple double, and we shot 55.6% from 3 on 27 shots while taking more FT and having a guy score 37 on 69.3% on 13 3′s by himself after being held scoreless int he first quarter and having 4 points at the break, before breaking the franchise record for 3s made in game all in the second half.

    Will be hard to do these kind of things vs the Spurs and Lakers the next two games but would be nice to find a win in there.

    • Rex

      Lakers lost to the Kings!

      • NLP

        That sucks they now play Memphis and Dallas to finish out their trip then get 2 days off to work on the new offense while we have to make the long west coast trip to face them needing a win.

        It also sucks because we have to see the Kings on the trip and hate to see them get some home cooking going in time to see us, that also goes for the Warriors who beat the Nets at home and we see on the 3rd stop of the week plus long trip.

    • Jack Wright

      yeah it did seem amazing that in a game where the pacers looked tough and pretty much every player seemed to be playing well, it still took overtime for us to beat the hornets at home. BUT, the hornets did play well. Anderson and Smith couldnt miss, and lopez had the game of his freakin life. I think our defense couldve been a little better, but defense is the last thing im worried about as a pacers fan. so, considering our offense looked very good, its hard for me to be negative about this win. i liked the way we looked, overall

  • http://twitter.com/StretchFourNBA Stretch Four

    I think Frank’s doing a pretty good job sorting through this mess gradually and patiently. This team essentially lost both Collison and Granger without getting anything in return. Augustin was supposed to replace Collison’s production, but he’s competing on the level of a third-string point guard right now.

    I give him credit for giving Stephenson more minutes with the starters, as he’s clearly the best out of himself, Augustin, and Green. It drove me a little crazy when he let Augustin play with the starters for a few minutes in the 4th instead of Stephenson, but thankfully he put Lance back in just in time to save the game.

    I really think Augustin is on his way out of the rotation. He’s just been flat out terrible on both ends of the floor. I’m really hoping that Vogel cuts him out completely once Granger returns, letting Lance play a little bit of 1 off the bench.

    I think the Pacers are slowly but surely getting their groove back. They’ll continue to improve, and should be hovering close to .500 upon Granger’s return. That’s when we’ll really see what this team is all about this season.

    • Realist

      I’ll be very happy with .500 without Granger. Our schedule has been mega-soft thus far.

      • http://twitter.com/StretchFourNBA Stretch Four

        True, but we honestly gave away the games to the Bobcats, Hawks, Raptors, and T’wolves; we definitely did more to lose those games than the other teams did to win. We got flat-out outplayed by the Spurs, Bucks, and Knicks, but those are all good teams.

        We’re definitely playing at a higher level now that we’ve identified and started to work through some of the kinks.

        That said, the next 5 games are pretty brutal: Spurs, at LAL, at SAC, at GSW, at Bulls. Gutcheck time! If they can come out of that 2-3, you sorta have to live with it. They’ll be 2 games below .500 overall, but they’ll have some time to work their way to .500.

  • dwaink

    had to keep telling myself…this is the Hornets we are playing, really darkened down some of the highlights…still the ice seems to be melting somewhat and we get the heat check of the Spurs and Lakers now…if they can win one of those the season might turn, if not a long long winter is ahead…Roy needs to start playing Gangnam style

  • Jack Wright

    is it possible for us to beat both the spurs AND lakers?? how about that idea..? we should be able to beat the spurs at home. if we play like we did last night, i think we’ll beat them. (i doubt the spurs will play as well as the hornets did; they played very tough last night.) Then we’d just need a road victory at the lakers, and we’d suddenly be 8 – 7. Winning in LA is going to be extremely tough, though, and i’m not sure I see any great reason to think we’ll win that game. We’ll prolly get blown out actually, but i can’t wait to watch that game. We need these two wins!!!! Time for the Pacers to be back!