Post-Game Grades: Pacers, Green Jump All Over Cavs

With 52 points from the bench – led by Gerald Green’s 20 – the Indiana Pacers ran the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the gym to notch their 41st win of the season. The 111-90 victory puts them within 2 of clinching a playoff spot, but it’s difficult to tell whether this game told us anything more profound than the fact the Pacers vastly outclass the Kyrie Irving-less Cavs.

Still, it was a strong performance that had quite a bit of fun to it. Don’t really track these things, but between Lance, PG, and Gerald Green, this had to be the game with the most ridiculous dunks by the Pacers…ever? Gerald Green made it back into the rotation, and hit shots. Really, that’s all he needs to do to be productive. (Though it sounds much simpler than it really is.)

Tyler Hansbrough started for David West, and got his second double-double in two starts. Jeff Pendergraph delivered 11 points off the bench, including his first career three pointer. Perhaps more impressively, he dished four assists.

Indiana is back in The Fieldhouse tomorrow night to face the Orlando Magic, hoping to repeat their clubbing-baby-seals act of tonight. They can’t waste the opportunity with five teams within four games of them. Only 15 more tilts left before the second season starts.

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.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 23 MIN | 6-12 FG | 6-7 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +21

Did Tyler stuff. Watching him against bad frontlines reminds you of his success in college.

Paul George, SF 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +14

He was this close to a great game. Was a little sloppy in the third, but played the first half like someone who knew he was the best player on the floor. Good to see with West out.

Roy Hibbert, C 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 5 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +24

Offense is still largely a mess, but protected the rim.

George Hill, PG 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +19

Didn’t shoot well, but love the assist numbers.

Lance Stephenson, SG 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +19

Hit two pretty questionable shots, and had one ridiculous dunk.

Miles Plumlee, PF 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3

Garbage time.

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | 0

Once again, played well with extended minutes. The three was fun, but the four assist were impressive. Nice passing night.

Sam Young, SF 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3

Garbage time.

Gerald Green, SF 23 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +7

Played well for the first time since…the last time Indy was in Cleveland. Still has inhuman hops, but hitting shots makes all the difference in the world. The bench needs points, and if he could just shoot an acceptable percentage…

Ian Mahinmi, C 15 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | 0

Most impressive play was his block. Best play was catching a deflected pass and getting a bucket. If he could get more reliable hands…

Ben Hansbrough, PG 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3

Garbage time.

D.J. Augustin, PG 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Solid

Orlando Johnson, SG 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +5

Interesting how much Vogel lets him handle the ball. Allows the 2 position to be used more consistently between him and Lance.

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  • dwaink

    this performance might have beaten the Lakers the other night, why do these guys get that deer in the headlights look to em against real competition?nice solid win from the bench, go pacers…
    if GGreen puts 3 games in a row together scoring like this u guys gotta eat yer words :)

    • Jack Wright

      This performance would’ve squashed the Lakers. But who cares. I’m waiting to see how we do on that road trip out West. For me, that will be the ultimate revealer of how serious we will be come playoff (HEAT) time.

  • http://twitter.com/jgrafik James

    I like Ian game, he just needs better hands. I’m so baffled that Tyler seemed to give 100% unlike games off bench. I know he loves starting but his hustle was more noticeable versus Cleveland’s better bigs. Always checking your grades

  • Jack Wright

    Holy shit. I lost track of how many times Sportscenter showed that Lebron over Jason Terry dunk. They showed it over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over. Apparently, they thought it was comparable to DeAndre Jordan’s dunk. Lebron did too.
    LOL………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………wow.

    • Jack Wright

      Let’s make an honest comparison…. Here’s Lebron’s:

      • Jack Wright

        Here’s deAndre’s:

    • Philip Tarrant

      Lebron’s is an impressive display, but DeAndre’s is one of the best oops i’ve ever seen. Gotta give the edge to Jordan for the power behind it.

  • lil-bang

    All scrub games like this should be used for a boost for the bench. Starters shouldn’t see the floor that much against teams like these in the next month regardless of score so they can rest up for playoffs. Yeah I know it would be nice to get the 2 seed, but no use of having it if the starters are gassed. Starters proved they can run 35-40 min a night for a couple months straight. Now its time to figure out this bench and give them some PT to get something going.

    Lets hope Gerald keeps this up, he should get alot of PT in the next month and a half, deteremine whether to try and get rid of his contract this off season or not. Also try and figure out if its worth bringing back DJ(not sure what better options are out there), Pendy(I would say yes), We know what Tyler has to offer. Lets see some Plumlee time too while we are at it. Ben, yeah probably not coming back, sorry little bro.

    Ian has had some crazy blocks this past month. Dude is solid. Someone give him some sticky hands spray and he would be set.