Post-Game Grades: Pacers Again Don't Lose to Wizards

The Washington Wizards are an NBA basketball team, but let’s not pretend this was anything more than a televised practice. You get no gold stars for a great start that is followed up by three quarters of token execution and mediocre play.

Way to go, Paul George.

The rest of ya? Look forward to seeing you play for real against Boston.

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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 34 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +15

Worst game of the year?

Paul George, SF 40 MIN | 9-19 FG | 8-8 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 29 PTS | +16

That dude.

Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +11

Roy Hibbert, double digits. Double digits, Roy Hibbert. I hear you guys both like Parks & Rec and foul trouble. /heads off to check on other party guests and refill peanut dish

D.J. Augustin, PG 37 MIN | 4-9 FG | 9-10 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 18 PTS | +13

Ice water at the free-throw line and has now had back-to-back quality starts. That phrase makes it sound like I’m talking about a middling starting pitcher who didn’t get shelled, which is fitting, I suppose. Because as recently as last week, I would have presumed a AAA call up from the Durham Bulls could have run a better second-unit offense than DJ.

Lance Stephenson, SG 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +10

Oh me oh my, that dunk. Not much to talk about otherwise. Missed two layups late that could have been costly if this wasn’t the Wizards.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -8

Not the best night for the HandsBros.

Gerald Green, SF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -6

Played better than his line, making a nice pass or two, sticking a three and generally looking good for one of his stints. Forced a pass, but liked what I saw.

Sam Young, SF 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Young. #ShawnCarterVoice

Ian Mahinmi, C 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -2

Razor close to his first double-double with the Pacers in extended minutes as Hibbert faced foul trouble in the third quarter.

Ben Hansbrough, PG 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -3

The hell was that pass?

George Hill, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION

Hurry back, please.

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  • Jack Wright

    why on earth would i ever take the over in a pacers game.

  • dwaink

    this effort will not beat Boston(knocks on wood)

    btw Jared got to argue that Green C+(and i am a huge fan of his), his standing on the three point line is killing his interest and involvement with the game, there were a few plays where it carried over to the defensive end he was almost catatonic at points in defense. he needs to be moving to get those open slashes to the rim…scattering three guys around the 3 point line does not a floor spaceing make, his team mates have got to get him the ball when he works hard without the ball
    D West was really out of sync too, scary to watch….

  • NLP

    Tyler trying to shake the blackhole label has a 6 game assist streak, what makes it even more impressive is only once has he played over 15 MIN and in that game he picked up a pair of assists.

    Ian after picking up just shy of half his 11 assists in 2 games in a week is now the worst on the team with 11 dimes to 38 TO, then Tyler is at 12 and 29 and Green has some breathing room with 18 and 39 in more PT in around 150 more MP than both back up bigs who have played the same amount.

  • Joe Betz

    Little HansBro using HansBro rage to throw a pass to an open fan. The Pacers beat a team they should have beaten, which has been mostly true all season. Now, they need to step up again against a quality opponent. DJA getting what he needs in the confidence department, me thinks.

  • Joe

    You’re only giving Mahinmi a B?

    • kemosabe

      Should be an easy A.

      • Joe Betz

        Yeah, an ~10 and 10 under 24 minutes is excellent bench play. Maybe his D was off? I watched the game only here and there…

    • http://www.8points9seconds.com/ Jared Wade

      Good call. Oversight. Changed after your campaigning.

    • http://twitter.com/8pts9secs Jared Wade

      Good call. Oversight. Changed after your campaigning.

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

    DJ’s play in the past few games is mind-numbing. Mostly because I have no confidence that he’ll sustain it once he returns to the 2nd unit.

    I’m not trying to blame it all on the other guys, or overreact to a couple decent games, but it’s pretty clear after these two games that part of why DJ’s play was so bad was because of his supporting cast on the 2nd unit.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s just that. 28% shooting is still 28% shooting. But how is a true point guard supposed to get anything going when he has to pass to Mahnimi

    But consider what he’s been working with: his best jump-shooting option is IAN MAHINMI! Ian’s shooting 42% from mid-range. Which is pretty good actually, although it’s pretty maddening that he’s only shooting 15% in the paint and only 49% in the restricted area. And this is only on possessions where he is actually able to catch the ball and hold on to it long enough to shoot it.

    Yes, Tyler’s been bette recently; he’s good at smashing the ball into the basket and drawing fouls, but he doesn’t help the offensive flow at all. He’s shooting just 28% from the mid-range this year, and if he’s not doing that he’s just running towards the basket with no intentions of doing anything other than going up strong, regardless whether the look is there or not. Which is admirable in some respects, but it doesn’t help the flow of the offense or help with floor spacing. The only part of the court where Tyler is shooting above 35% is in the restricted area.

    Gerald Green has only shot the ball well from one spot: the corner 3. And if he would stick to that, it would be nice, but it’s only been about 13% of his shots. Instead he takes a maddening number of pull-up off the dribble mid-range jumpers and threes. His doesn’t do much to help his teammates, and his BBIQ is pretty painful to experience in action.

    At the very least, I think Vogel should maybe continue to tweak his rotations so DJ is on the floor with more than just one starter. Would be curious to see some DJ + Hill action going on.

    But overall, I really think we need to add a better offensive player on the bench if we’re going anywhere this year. Either someone who is a good jump shooter with decent shot selection, or someone who has a reliable post-up game. It’ll be better once Lance is back there, but I really think that getting a good back-up 3 or 4 who has a solid offensive game could push this team to a different level. Honestly think it would be worth it even if said player isn’t very good on defense. Trade Tyler + next year’s 1st, and the problem could be solved.

    • Ian

      When Danny comes back, presumably he will not be %100. It may make sense to bring him off the bench as the 6th man. That would give the 2nd unit a huge jolt.
      As for trading their #1 pick and tyler, it’s a nice thought assuming anyone would want Tyler. But yeah, if we are just going to burn our pick like we did last year (and I am one of the ones hoping Plumlee would be a surprise), then might as well trade it.

    • Joe Betz

      There is at least some reason to believe TH might be traded as the Pacers have shopped him before. But, I still put most of the blame on DJA and a second unit that has four new players playing together at any one time (Young, DJA, Mahinmi, Green). The Pacers have executed more efficiently in the past 10 games, and that will improve. But, assuming you are right and the Pacers need someone with more offensive punch (though Green did drop 20 a few nights ago…something I cannot remember Dhantay Jones doing very often, if at all…I actually can never remember that time…and Mahinmi has more offensive ability than Lou), when Granger comes back, Lance will move to the second unit, providing another person who can hit 3s and cuts well (so DJA can find him for easy buckets).

  • John

    “Post-Game Grades: Pacers Don’t Lose to Wizards Again”
    we never lost to the wizards this year….

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