Post-Game Grades: Pacers Get Demolished By the Celtics

This loss to the Celtics was easily the worst game of the Pacers’ season so far. And it was particularly embarrassing since it came days after Indiana beat Memphis and convinced people to take their team seriously for a second.

Instead, they now once again look like a team with a good defensive strategy that has no idea how to score.

In summation, watching the Pacers team play offense tonight was the equivalent of watching a lizard trying to solve a quadratic equation.

What a waste of a Friday night.

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 29 MIN | 4-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -17

The …

Paul George, SF 32 MIN | 4-18 FG | 1-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -12

… worst …

Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -17

… team-wide …

D.J. Augustin, PG 30 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -9

… performance …

Lance Stephenson, SG 30 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -15

… of …

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 23 MIN | 7-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | -2

… the ..

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 2 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

… season …

Gerald Green, SF 22 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -10

… thus …

Ian Mahinmi, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

… far …

Ben Hansbrough, PG 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -10

… for …

Orlando Johnson, SG 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -1

… for …

Sam Young, SF DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

… for sure. …

Tags: Game Recap

  • Joe Betz

    Agreeweeedddd. Oh, sorry, I just threw up on myself after thinking about this game again. Cheers to having your MA friend over to watch the game….(throws up on self)

  • http://twitter.com/NathanOyler Nathan Oyler

    You really meant to have Tyler with the A+ instead of Pendergraph!

    Even you get an F on tonight! As do I for watching it, that was terrible!

  • Joe

    Even though I really don’t want to do or see anything in reference to this joke of a game anymore…. George, West and Green deserve Z minuses…. those three combined shooting 9-44…. the rest shot 18-41. Those three screwed and destroyed the offense tonight.

  • Josiah

    The only game of the season I tuned out of. Thankfully, it would seem. Having a brother who’s a Celtics fan didn’t help matters. Hoping for an angry bounce-back game tomorrow. And maybe a healthy Hill.

  • Jack Wright

    vogel better get us together quick

  • dwaink

    well Orlando was at least trying, and Tyler at least traded some blows…other than that…yeah a total waste …i want my couple a hours back

  • Derek Cooper

    Rearranging minutes/units could boost this offence a lot. Unit 1–34min. 1-GH..34min. 2-LS..27min. 3-PG..27min. 4-DW..34min 5-RH..34min. Sub 2-GG..7min. 3-SY..7min. Now the fun part- UNIT 2–14min. 1-2-LS..12min. 1-2-PG..12min. 3-SY..14min. 4-GG..14min. 5-IM..14min. Sub 1-2-GH. To explain: LS is point on offence guards the 2 spot tho(since he can’t handle speed demons) conversly PG is 2 spot offensively but defends the point. We know he disrupted D. Rose in the playoffs a few years back..a lot. LS thrives leading the break 1-5 spots this group can run.. footspeed advantage esp. At 4+5 spots with GG+IM –opposite of DW+RH in that they’re quick+ athletic jumpers. We know by now only a handful of nba player can jump like GG. This means defensively GG+IM can front the post on D because the other has his back on helpside for the lob- this could be a good thing. Also GG defending the 4 spot would need to use his footspeed advantage to deny way out til about the 3pt line to avoid getting bulldozed which may still happen occaisionally- but its worth the offensive advantages. (Also GG would need to focus on using his speed+ athletic advantages to avoid contact + slip around his man to go get some rebounds). Now imagine the offensive spacing this creates LS-PG-SY-GG-IM. 1-4 on perimeter can shoot 3 and drive- Ian setting high picks way out at the 3pt line+ he can shoot long 2′s– so major space in the middle. That’s right perfect setup to flashpost our huge 1+2 spot guys LS 6’5” PG 6’10” both of whom can score and like to pass+ facilitate. Also whether the opposing power forward guards GG or SY I think either can blow by him into the spacious middle. Ian is a perfect fit for this spacing able to pick+pop or roll. If you need to increase production from SY+GG+LS this unit with its spacing and mismatches in the half court and fastbreaking potential is the ideal place to get it. But can this group defend+rebound and or create turnovers? Well PG D’in up the point is certainly disruptive. Also GG+IM fronting the post with helpside for the lob I believe will also create turnovers- and LS on the 2 and SY on the 3 spots are solid.. Ian rim protecting a bit. This group can do some pick switching too if helpful. The D looks good what about rebounds? Check the size (+athleticism) with this perimeter oriented group LS 6’5” PG 6’10” SY 6’6” GG 6’8” IM 6’11” really not small- I’ve seen SY+GG both have a few games where they get like 5-6 boards tho they usually dont- this group they’d all 5 need to focus on rebounding to make it happen. Of course a more up tempo game is more condusive to a group like this rebounding– that is if 1-5 are athletic + beating their counterpart up+down the floor to rebounds. Total minutes groups 1+2 combined– GH..38 LS..39 PG..39 DW..34 RH..34 SY..21 GG..21 IM..14. Also Ian could spell hibbert with the first unit if needed. When danny comes back he’d fit into this deal perfectly and make it even better. To me I’m pretty sure this setup would rock. Jared+ Tim id love to hear any disagreements or agreements u might have…

  • Derek Cooper

    Correcting last post GH would need to play 4 min. With unit 2 giving LS+PG each a 2 min. Breather…

  • Philip Tarrant

    On the positive, I liked seeing Orlando get some playing time. He could become a valuable bench player to provide a little spark.

  • Deni

    Trade Hibbert while its still fresh,not to mention others cant score either behind Granger

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