Post-Game Grades: Pacers Fail in Philly

After getting handled in the fourth quarter of a 98-91 loss in Philly, the Pacers are now losers of four of their last six games. With only 15 games left before the playoffs, all of these games are Pass/Fail.

Indiana needed this win badly tonight, but at no point during the evening, did they look remotely prepared to take it. Even in their win on Wednesday against the Timberwolves, the Pacers have been far from crisp. Their play seems to be heading in the wrong direction.


Fail one. Fail all.

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 27 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -5

Looked like he’d have a dominant game, but got some dumb fouls that limited his 1st half minutes. Was on the floor during the entire embarrassing 4th.

Paul George, SF 41 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 14 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +3

Stuffing the box score is nice, but the Pacers need him to score, and teams have been able to complete disrupt Indy’s offense by attacking him when he overdribbles…which is pretty much every time he puts the ball on the floor.

Roy Hibbert, C 36 MIN | 9-26 FG | 7-8 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +7

Hey! He got 25 points! Only took him 26 shots to get ‘em. Probably should get some credit for getting that many shots while getting his ass absolutely handed to him by Spencer Hawes.

George Hill, PG 39 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -6

Beat up the front of the rim like it slept with his sister and didn’t call her back.

Lance Stephenson, SG 29 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Seems like Lance was much more impressive, when I had no expectations from him whatsoever.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -2

Hair too golden. Laugh too musical. World too much a better place for his mere presence in it.

Sam Young, SF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -13

Here’s what I remember about Sam Young’s game: a Pacer flashes open momentarily in the lane. Sam stares at him. A Philly defender steps between Sam and the Pacer player. Sam stares at him, then throws the ball directly to him.

Ian Mahinmi, C 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -13

His white shoes looked weird at the bottom of all that navy and black.

D.J. Augustin, PG 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

Did he play?

Orlando Johnson, SG 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -9

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  • khackett

    oh my. Tom, thank you for this.

  • khackett

    I think Paul George needs to step up his game another notch. I smell complacency. When nothing is happening, somebody needs to take over the game. David West has been that guy in the past, Paul needs to also be that guy if they want to realistically contend. Maybe time for the whole team to watch Winning Time again (surely the’ve watched it, right?)

    • Guest

      Maybe time for the whole team to watch Winning Time again (I’m assuming they’ve watched it)

  • ronskeet

    so remember after the heat game i called you guys delusional…well looks like that’s true…loss at home to the lakers’ without kobe and loss on the road to the 76ers?! really?! you guys are only contenders on paper…if you guys face the bulls or the celtics in the first round you might not make it through to even get to miami….hilarious! talkin’ all that stuff and now you’re on a three game losing streak and one was an eighth seed and the other might be mathematically eliminated from getting a seed in a week or so…wow #crazyinindiana

    • dwaink

      as u heatles are so fond of reminding us “it is only a regular season game” lot of difference between being delusional and still believing in yer team, i still say u find out come playoff time, go ahead write us off…..

    • lil-bang

      Lakers didn’t have Gasol either, but Pacers haven’t had Granger all year. So your argument of Kobe being out is stupid, besides they won without him again last night. Keep trolling ronskeet.

    • khackett

      You can’t hate on talking smack and then go talk dumb smack yourself. You look like a retard. Every team in the world has fans who don’t know how to talk smack (even the Pacers), so we don’t need you verifying this with your own ineptitude. The Pacers will be fine, and Lebron will be wore out by the time ECF rolls around. Why do you think he’s not been goin crazy lately? He’s wore out, and Wade is due for an injury (and you know it). Don’t get so high and mighty, because every team ebs and flows. Miami is due for an eb. See? Smack with logic. Use your brain.

  • ronskeet

    two game losing streak…totally forgot about the win you posted over minnesota…btw the pacers are now 14-18 on the road which makes them the only team out of the top 4 in each conference with a losing road record

  • ronskeet

    and someone said last time the heat don’t have homecourt advantage because of their fans…well there is this

  • Joe Betz

    The Pacers look tired. Everyone taking a larger role in the offense with the absence of Granger might be taking a toll, finally. BTW, what is Granger’s status? The Pacers have proven they can win without him, but on nights when the Pacers seem to not be able to score (and there have been several), I keep saying, “Captain…please come back.”

  • NLP

    Since Danny came back and it forced us to try and fix what wasn’t broken we have a 6-5 record with wins over DET, GSW, TOR, CHI, ORL and MIN all of which has been terrible over last several weeks.

    Shooting Percentages since…
    .521 David West
    .504 George Hill
    .480 Roy Hibbert
    .413 Ian Mahinmi
    .410 Orlando Johnson
    .400 Tyler Hansbrough
    .395 Paul George
    .394 Lance Stephenson
    .366 D.J. Augustin

    Of our 9 main rotation guys only the 3 players who’s PT, Shots and Position, Danny has no factor on are the three players who didn’t go ice cold. Of all those bad percentages that group shot actually shot .486 in the first game Danny came back thanks to garbage time. So overall its actually worse than it looks other than PG who shot 5-for-14 leaving the others at a combined .571 during his first game back.

  • Jack Wright

    Paul George is the most overrated player in the history of the world.

  • dwaink

    what ever is going on they better right the ship fast. shooting % is killing us and that thing where the ball hits the court and 5 Pacers have their backs to it, Dale Davis would kick all their azzes around the court

    PGeorge-quit believing yer press(u have to keep working on passing and %)

    RHibbert-didn’t know u had a bad wrist when i was grouseing sorry but think i cuaght in this game what the rest of the league has been seeing-just before u shoot the ball on a layup or dunk u do a little pull it down to yer waist move, anyone can slap it away, make coach tape one hand behind yer back and make a few catch pass dunk moves

    DWest-center yerself man(there is no happieness outside of yerself-includeing stupid refs and league players that gonna brutalize u)find that center and let no man knock u out of it

    GHill-wear some mental body armour and drive that frickin lane, as u go so goes this team

    Lance-quit hearing us, do what u do just control it(trust yerself)

    guys play as a team within yerselves and nobody can beat u

    coach V- fundamentals???

  • Ian

    I’m so annoyed at the Pacers right now I am not even paying attention to the gamecasts when they play (I live out of state can’t see most of the games). I checked the score last night, saw they were up 72-71 after 3 and thought ‘they will lose this’.
    They are back to shooting %37 every game but not playing the kind of defense they did earlier in the year. Teams are lighting them up from 3 which says to me lack of effort and/or fatigue.

  • planecrush31

    I realized that in Indianapolis live only either Bulls or Lakers fans.So many so many Lakers fans live in Indianapolis after watching the game the other day.I dont see that many at the Staples arena because most celebrities come to the game.Just embarrassing for the city and the people.I guess everything died after Reggie retired…

  • A2475

    this article is disgusting. roll the dice, and we eventually get a string of annoying losses. still the #2. Still looking at 2 rounds of home court advantage. Still got as good a shot as anybody at the Heat. I’m enjoying this era of Pacer ball. A+