Post-Game Grades: Pacers Stomp Bucks

‘Twas the best of times, ’twas the worst of times. So goes the Pacers’ weekend.

They couldn’t have looked worst against Boston last night and haven’t looked much better than they in the second half tonight against Milwaukee.

The Pacers led by 5 points at the break, but the Bucks quickly erased their deficit in the opening minutes of the third quarter, even pulling in front 53-52 at the 10-minute mark. But Indiana regained the lead on the following possession and never looked back.

The defense was staunch the rest of the way, surrendering just 21 points over the final 18 minutes of the game. The Bucks made just 7-of-29 (24.1%) shots while committing 6 turnovers during that stretch.

The Pacers didn’t do a ton of scoring themselves after half time, but when they play that world-class defense they don’t really have to.

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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 25 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +17Another rough shooting night, but made some crafty passes that led directly to buckets.
Paul George, SF 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | +13Paul George can have an off night and grab 9 boards these days.
Roy Hibbert, C 30 MIN | 8-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 15 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +7Whoa. Who was the guy in the Roy Hibbert jersey. Best game of the year? That block was fantastic.
George Hill, PG 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +6Penetrated and ran the offense well throughout the first half. Never miss a game again.
Lance Stephenson, SG 23 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14Was in attack mode early and still put up some good numbers despite missing half of this first rotation due to foul trouble.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-8 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +1Bundle of energy. Got his own rebound on a missed free throw. Would be nice if he didn’t miss five of those though.
Jeff Pendergraph, PF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4There he is.
Gerald Green, SF 18 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +5Really didn’t realize he shot that badly. Didn’t seem to be forcing things.
Ian Mahinmi, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +11Meh.
Ben Hansbrough, PG 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3Garbage time.
D.J. Augustin, PG 21 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +13It’s a wonder what gaining a little confidence can do.
Orlando Johnson, SG 11 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -5His first meaningful minutes as a pro have come this weekend, and while he looks like a lost rookie on defense, he had some impressive moves on the other end.

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  • Joe Betz

    The first game that Roy has carried the Pacers offensively. It’s nice to know he can put up 20 some nights. But, yeah, he has to make an all-defensive team this year.

  • Philip Tarrant

    George Hill had one ridiculous drive early in the game when he was pretty much carrying the offense. I believe the defender over-committed, and GH torched him then split two guys with a double-clutch layup. It was nearly as impressive as PG24′s nasty dunk all over their big man. Orlando made a couple pretty crazy plays on offense and plays hard, if not smart on defense. And honestly, Hibb? Double digit OFFENSIVE boards. Some of them were his own misses, but what the hell, when you have over 10 of ‘em. Stephenson continues to really step it up, some really confident moves/shots.

  • lil-bang

    Interesting to see who played this game
    Johnson and Pendy getting some important minutes…liked that Vogel.
    Big win after what happened friday night. Keep the lead in the division thats all that matters.
    Orlando missed some shots, but he just looked better shooting it than Gerald did he not? If he can improve his defense this might have been a perfect pick up.

    Good to see Roy being the big man he is and also throw down a big dunk with some authority. Plus that block-but someone got blocked pretty bad on the other end of the play-anyone remember who that was?

    Lance had some great passes, he has helped a lot more than expected this year.

    Jared you must have turned away from the game that one minute Gerald missed atleast 3 three pointers in a row WIDE OPEN and all day to shoot them.

    Anyword on Danny?

    Does it seem like the last few games the Pacers can’t get a foul called for them on the offensive end? Vogel got a couple T’s last week. PG got one, Green got one…all arguing some fouls calls…I thought Vogel was going to get another this game as well in that first half. West for sure can’t get a foul call-or hit anything besides a jumper.
    Go Pacers- Beat the HEAT!!!

    • Philip Tarrant

      Seems to be about a month out. Per ESPN:

      “Granger has increased his rehabilitation of late in order to build up strength in his left knee, the Pacers’ official site reports. He has still done little court work, though, aside from shooting on his own after some recent team practices.

      Spin: Granger has not yet played in a game this season, after receiving an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his knee on Nov. 6 from the renowned Dr. James Andrews. Following the procedure, he was expected to be sidelined for three months, meaning he is slated to return in the beginning of February. Speaking of a potential return for Granger, coach Frank Vogel said, ‘Yeah, we might. That’s right around the time that we’re hoping to get him back but we’ll see.’”