Post-Game Grades: Pacers Destroy Mavericks

Welcome back, David West.

He wasn’t the catalyst to this blowout win over the Mavericks, in Dallas, or anything, but this team now knows what it’s rotation, by and large, will look like through the end of the playoffs. And that is big right now as the starting unit reassembles after a series of injuries.

West Coast road trips late in the season can be a blessing.

Away from homes, the team spends a ton of its time together with only a singular goal. There are not nights home with the family or the friends. It is tough to win on the road, especially on an extended away outside the friendly confines of the city in which you live.

But right now, this trip could be the best thing to happen to the Pacers.

They were going on more than three weeks without beating a good team, and now they are off to a 2-0 start on this four-game trip. The wins have both been impressive. They let Houston crawl back for a while, but they have generally handled both the Rockets and the surging Mavericks.

A loss to the Suns on Friday could throw a bucket of ice water on this whole thing, but if they can manage to win in Phoenix, then the next game in Los Angeles, against the mighty Clippers, will be like playing with house money.

The Granger news today was depressing, but if this team can rally around their lot in life and come away with at least a 3-1 record on this trip, it should do wonders for their confidence as they prep for some really big games down the stretch. (Indiana faces Oklahoma City, New York, Brooklyn and Boston all before the playoffs begin.)

Tonight was a demolition of the Mavericks.

There don’t stand to be any games like this upcoming against those good teams, but if they can continue to beat up the rest of the bad teams they face and go .500 against the top teams, this could make for a very nice end to what stands to be another excellent regular season in Indiana

IND DALHere 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 | 3-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +17

Not the best of evenings and Dirk made some tough shots on him in the first half.

Paul George, SF 38 MIN | 10-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +31

Paul George really likes playing in Dallas. Had his best game (to that point) as a pro last season in the Big D and have a splendid outing this evening.

Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 6-8 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +27

Can get used to 16/10 games from the big fella. Making hooks and getting to the line.

George Hill, PG 30 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +34

Looks to be getting over his injury.

Lance Stephenson, SG 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +12

Had some good moments, had some not-good moments.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 20 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +8

Still getting it done even back with the reserves.

Jeff Pendergraph, PF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2

Garbage time.

Gerald Green, SF 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Not great.

Ian Mahinmi, C 20 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -6

Numbers looked good but some shaky play. Needs to get back on track. Hopefully this game was the stepping stone to this. He has to like this line a lot.

D.J. Augustin, PG 18 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -7

Further figured out what his role is.

Orlando Johnson, SG 21 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +13

When he makes shots, this team seems to do much better.

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  • Realist

    I know we smashed them in the 3rd, but we were in the penalty in like 3 minutes and Tyler sat the whole quarter?

    Those Mavs’ beards look nice. Real nice. =)

    • NLP

      That’s a trend that Frank has been doing a ton this year that always has me aggravated. As many fouls as Tyler draws away from the ball I love to see him in the last part of the 3rd as it could lead to free points.

      Also it seems West never does much of anything in that extra time either so we ride him hard for limited to no real benefit. Then we have an extra iced Tyler come in with the bench to start the 4th making the situation even worse after and then in non-blowout games by the time he has a lather worked up its time for the starters to check back in.

      • David

        That’s not fair to say about West. For most of the season he’s been the 3rd quarter catalyst. But in this game, it made sense because West didn’t play a ton of the 4th. The rotation I thought was good for the Pacers was leaving Roy in the game as long as they did. Means the big guy isn’t getting tired (like he’s been known to do in the last few seasons). Good sign for the playoffs.

        • NLP

          I’m talking about that extra time he gets to end the quarter when Tyler tends to sit the whole 3rd which has happened a ton this year. West tends to always be great when in there with the other starters, that extra time with the bench is what seems like rarely ever pays off.

  • Philip Tarrant

    Nothing about that GH steal and assist to Ian looked real…

  • Derek Cooper

    I havnt been able2see the games lately only reading up__can any1 fill me in on tyler how is he putting up these numbers is he doing different things on offence or just managing to be efficient crashing + occaisional jumpers? Gotta admit I’ve been pretty critical of him on here b4 + he’s showing me up :) still hoping they keep JP over him this summer tho :) tough decisions for the front office tho doubt we can payem both and DW…

    • David

      He’s been putting up more shots closer to the rim. The jump shot isn’t working, so he’s looking to drive. It’s not pretty, but it tends to get him a bucket or a trip to the line. Oddly enough, he’s also looking to pass a little more often, which he’s finding is leaving him a tad more open when he has the ball. Defenses have to respect Roy standing on the opposite block now, since Tyler has shown he’s not a blackhole. I mean, he’s still a blackhole, but he’s making some passes now.

    • Philip Tarrant

      Tyler’s doing what Tyler does. He’s providing lots of energy and taking the ball strong to the hoop (rather than settling for so many jump shots, as stated). Big on the offensive board and just annoying the other team. When he brings the energy, he’s a big asset off the bench.

    • dwaink

      tyler is looking much more sure of himself on offense around the rim, he has slammed the ball home several times and he is finishing around the rim much better. it is really encouraging the way he has played of late!

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  • David

    If someone will explain it to me, I’ll be more comfortable with it:

    The Green/OJ rotation. I feel like I’m not getting some obvious reason why the minutes fluctuate so wildly. Hot hand mentality?

    • dwaink

      it really seems like Green is on a short leash with coach V these days, no wonder the guys acts like his contract is at stake with every shot.
      I really have to take issue with all the flac this guy has gotten…”disappointment” “disaster”…was anyone watching how he played D in dallas? he had some huge plays blocking set jump shots, shots that guys would never think had a chance at being tipped, and yet Green was able to sky into them…his passing has improved as he has become more acquainted with his team mates styles of play and begins to work his way into this offensive, mark my words he will stun with his play in the playoffs I really look forward to seeing him smile as he realizes how important to this team he is and throws his shoulder into making all the naysayers eat their words

      • Realist

        That 3 he blocked was insane. You see guys try to do that so much but never get anything but air.

    • Realist

      Green (10 mins) backs up PG (38 mins).

      OJ (21 mins) backs up Lance (27 mins).

      Sam Young might get some of Green’s every now and then depending on foul trouble or just garbage time. At least, that’s how I think it is at the moment.

      Otherwise, it’s just that we’ve been leaning on PG quite heavily lately. He plays the whole 3rd and the start of the 4th, it looks like.

  • Jack Wright

    ROY MY MAN HIBBERT PLAYIN WITH SOME SWAG!!!

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