Post-Game Grades: Pacers Wallop Pistons

After losing three straight on their four-game Western Conference road trip  — twice in agonizing fashion — the Pacers needed some home cookin’. Them Pistons, which traded away the last vestige of their 2004 championship team, Tayshaun Prince, hours before tip of, became comfort food.

There was little resistance in this wire-to-wire (I believe) victory. It was close-ish early, once Lance Stephenson got going and Roy Hibbert was making shots and it was all over but the counting. The counting of buckets.

Oh so many buckets.

Detroit Pacers

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 28 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +12 

A little two-man-game play between him and Lance was my favorite moment of the game. So pretty.

Paul George, SF 40 MIN | 3-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 10 PTS | +22 

Seemed like he scored more and missed less but numbers don’t lie.

Roy Hibbert, C 26 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +16 

Hey-o. There he is. That alley oop.

George Hill, PG 37 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +17 

Can’t get much more efficient than that. Had a nice steal that led to a nice little hanging finish in transition by Lance.

Lance Stephenson, SG 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +18 

First professional double double along with a career high in rebounds. Was everything for Indiana as they started to pull away for good.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 17 MIN | 3-8 FG | 8-8 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +10 

Double double is short minutes. Most of the points came late in garbage time, but I’ll give him bonus points for nearly ending Andre Drummond’s life (on a missed dunk) and taking a two-man clothesline (by Kyle Singler and Kim English) in stride. Duke sucks.

Miles Plumlee, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -1 

THE PLUMBER.

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 4 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0 

Whether playing ball or bopping in the hall or just writing my name in Pendergraffiti on the wall.

Gerald Green, SF 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0 

First minutes in the past four games (though he was also sick a little in between DNP-CDs).

Ian Mahinmi, C 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +5 

Wasn’t good.

Ben Hansbrough, PG 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | 0 

HandsBro Part Deux. Never noticed how purple he was in this photo until now. Neck also looks Photoshop’d

D.J. Augustin, PG 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +3 

Fine.

Orlando Johnson, SG 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +3 

Alrighty.

Frank Vogel 

Might kill a ref soon. WILDIN’ out after Paul George was whistled for a travesty of traveling violation.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kyleweaver Kyle Weaver

    Did the benching of Stephenson light a fire in him? It could be a coincidence, but in his last 2 games since the benching he has 32 points, 19 rebounds, 9 assists, and only 2 turnovers. Could definitely be a building block of this team’s young core.

    • Adam Cox

      I don’t think he was “benched”. I know he did have a sore foot for a couple games .

      Side note, am I know this sounds crazy, but am I the only one that thinks lance has a higher ceiling than Paul George?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kyleweaver Kyle Weaver

        Lance was definitely benched in the Utah game.His splits on time before the game were 35 and 40 with a 24 in the Utah game, with no time in the 4th.

        They both have high ceilings. Who knows how it will pan out but my money is on Paul George.

      • Philip Tarrant

        Yeah, probably.

      • Ryan Fuquay

        Lance has a higher ceiling. I think Bird said at one point that Stephenson has the most raw talent on the team with the likes of Hibbert, George, and Granger. He was a gamble with his expressiveness but the organization has stayed with him.

        • Joe Betz

          Yeah, I remember Bird always sticking by Lance, and I’m glad to know that Larry still reaches out to Lance often–something like several times per month. In a series of three possessions, Lance showed 1) good rebounding 2) great speed 3) good finishing and 4) good passing. He is the total package with gaps in consistency due to experience, but George’s ceiling is higher because he is 1) bigger and 2) has a better jumper.

  • Joe Betz

    In revised news: SOMETIMES THE PACERS BLOW TEAMS OUT (at home).

  • dwaink

    just glad they stopped the bleeding….

  • lil-bang

    It’s nice to have these games, let’s even the fans relax for a night. Nice bucket o corn and a bucket o soda…Tonight will be a little different. More out of your seat action, PG better bring it, I’m sure Lebron and Wade’s only 2 goals are to win, and shut down PG at the same time after what he did last time. GO PACERS!!!

  • lil-bang

    Like the grades. I think you’re right about Vogel, him and/or PG will be getting a technical soon (my guess tonight).