Post-Game Grades: Magic Embarrass Pacers

Sometimes you just get your assed kick. Last night, it happened to the Bobcats.

Tonight, It happened to the Pacers.

Jacque Vaughn(gif via @BQRMagic)

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 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -3 

Thanks …

Paul George, SF 36 MIN | 6-14 FG | 7-7 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -13 

… for …

Roy Hibbert, C 23 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -3 

… wasting …

George Hill, PG 35 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -7 

… my …

Lance Stephenson, SG 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -11 

… Wednesday …

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 20 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -15 

… evening; …

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +8 

… it …

Gerald Green, SF 14 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -5 

… was …

Ian Mahinmi, C 16 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -9 

… a …

D.J. Augustin, PG 18 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +1 

… real …

Orlando Johnson, SG 12 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2 

… pleasure.

Tags: Game Recap

  • Kyle

    3 games in a row without grades. What’s the point of posting these if you aren’t going to put any effort into them

    • NLP

      I like the grades taken serious as well but from a comedy standpoint I would have been let down if this wasn’t what we got. After getting called out for lazy reporting last night on the overly positive post he had to come back with the exact some post just flipped to the negative side tonight.

      • Jack Wright

        kinda agree with both of u

  • Daniel Clevenger

    I really agree with Kyle, whether my team played extremely well or extremely poorly I want to read about what they did right and wrong on an individual level so I can continue to learn and understand more about the team and the game, in the past 8.9 has been the best place to do that but it hasn’t been lately.

  • NLP

    Our defense was more invisible than Lennay Kekua tonight. Too bad the Orlando Magic didn’t shoot like Orlando Johnson or we may have been alright.

    Frank should fine himself for playing our starters so much in this game down big after a game last night and 4 in 5 days or whatever it was. Three of them went the whole 3rd and then came back some in the 4th after it was clear that it was a lost cause. PG and Hill played 17:35 straight in the half most of it 20 down.

    We got blown out by a team that let McRoberts take 7 shots in the first half! Before tonight Orlando was 1-5 in games he’s taken over 5 shots in the game total. Seemed like we left him open intentionally to entice him to shoot but we never picked up anyone else with the extra guy and they hit everything.

    That was some of the worst defense I’ve ever seen us play, seemed like Orlando took as many wide open shots tonight as we allowed all year. The most memorable/confusing for me was after Ian went out in the first half and Tyler was chasing after Moore, McRoberts, Vucevic and Afflalo with nobody else even around over 3 trips in a row all scores for 7 points. I had to double check to make sure someone came in for Ian and we weren’t playing 5 on 4 with that embarrassing stretch.

    Speaking of Tyler why the hell do we give him the ball every time with no time on the shot clock? He’s made one of them all year long with two being the most but would put money on it being just one and missed around two dozen or so, its easily the dumbest and most infuriating thing that happens in our offense since its never pans out when he has to hurry a jumper. We do it on inbound plays and when a guard holds it too long up and and rushes into a failed pick and pop.

    Our bench had 4 points on 2-for-9 shooting at heading into the 4th quarter tonight before getting 16 in garbage time and those two buckets came off a offensive rebound and the unlikely combo of Hasnbrough to Green on a jumper. We gave up 29 bench points over the first 3 quarters on 7-of-11 from downtown, if they didn’t just shoot 2-of-10 inside the arc it could have been even worse for the bench. Green was at least at 40% before his 2-for-6 at the end so its feels like an improvement even if it is his 11th game shooting 40.0% or worse in a row.

    • Joe Betz

      TH actually played pretty well tonight late, but two early unfortunate fouls kind of soured things–then all of the double-fouls later….kind of killed momentum

    • djmcba

      haha love the lennay ref.

  • dwaink

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” saddly in this case individualism is needed nearly as much as this team needs to find a way to do the same thing day in and day out “consistency” is what they need, foolish or not. they have played around enough with line ups that work well one day and not the next, wtf is up with this? Is it time to start concentrating on the individuals best game so that they can repeat it over and over? Roy (and for that matter the whole team) was a beast for the first 5 mins of the game, and then it dawned on them they wern’t going to be able to own the Magic they way they did the Bobgoldthwaits and they just gave up try to run and play sweltering defense…come on mannnnnnnnnnn

  • Joe Betz

    Yeah, kind of a wasted Wednesday night, but that’s okay. If the Pacers are playing a team with any ability and fight on the road, they lose. It is bizarre how differently they can play away from the fieldhouse. Granted, if the Magic don’t shoot over 50% from three, Pacers win. The Pacers need home court advantage to advance in the playoffs. Without it, our hopes will rest with our bench–and right now, even with Lance moving there when Granger comes back, it is iffy. Better than last year and with the “potential” to be more explosive, but we have to hope the playoffs bring consistency–or that Lance becomes a second-unit leader…that drive and light kiss off the backboard tonight was awesome

  • Ian

    I pointed this out on another thread here but Paul George has bizarre home-road splits:

    home .474 FG .477 3-pt 8.2 rpg, 20.9 ppg
    away .372 FG .262 3-pt 7.5 rpg 13.9 ppg

    No one else on the Pacers is like this, in fact David West is much better on the road.

    I have to think this is a big factor in the Pacers road struggles. I mean those two lines are the difference between a more efficient LaMarcus Aldrige and a player who doesn’t even belong in the NBA.