Post-Game Grades: Pacers Win Ugly, Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Knicks

That’s how you play defense. Good job, best defensive team in the league. Getting back to self.

Roy Hibbert became Royzilla, stomping out Gotham’s finest while dominating the glass and establishing himself as the sole proprietor of the paint. What a game. He even joked about Paul George convincing him not to wear a monocle to his post-game press conference during his first-ever “podium game.”

It was an ugly affair. No hiding that. Neither team shot well. Neither team even shot acceptably. (35.2% for New York; 35.0% for Indiana.) But while the Knicks stayed wasting possessions with bad shots out of isolations, the Pacers milked a lot of clock and then extended possession by grabbing offensive boards. They ended up with 9 more shots than the Knicks and the three extra field goals they knocked down were essentially the difference.

Well, that and the three-point shooting.

There were a ton of threes taken by Indiana and next to none from New York, which was beyond odd. We’ll dig more into why that happened later. But it did, and it was the biggest reason for this sum-up-the-whole-game quote from Mike Woodson: “Offensively, we just didn’t have anything.”

They did not. Roy did.

End of discussion.

The Pacers are now up 2-1 in the series. Game 3 is Tuesday in Indiana. If they can play the same defense, they will be one step closer to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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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 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +13

Started the game making just one of his first six shots but was 3-of-5 after that, including an emphatic dunk that ended all possibility of a last-dash Knicks comeback.

Paul George, SF 43 MIN | 4-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 8 REB | 8 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +17

The shots were errant to say the least, but he battled on ‘Melo all night and was active getting loose balls and deflections. Would like to see him in the post more. He tried to back down smalls when during mismatches, but either he wasn’t able to get good enough position or his teammates couldn’t get him the ball much.

Roy Hibbert, C 40 MIN | 9-18 FG | 6-7 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +20

“I think this is his best playoff game ever, probably,” said Frank Vogel after the game. No probably about it. He abused the Knicks on the offensive glass, and their coach, Mike Woodson, agreed with his Indiana peer, calling Hibbert the best player on the floor tonight. He controlled Game 1 by protecting the rim; tonight he owned the oppositie goal.

George Hill, PG 41 MIN | 5-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +14

His below-33% shooting might jump out as yikes city, but all five of his makes were from behind the arc. He drilled two big ones early in the game to give Indiana a nice cushion and get the crowd rowdy. He then hit another to start the second half, giving the team and fans confidence again at a critical part of the game.

Lance Stephenson, SG 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +2

Did some things well, but also didn’t seem to be aggressive enough. I feel like he should try to break down guys like Jason Kidd off the bounce when that matchup occurs. Didn’t play in the final 10 minutes, which was strange as Vogel went with DJ Augustin instead. Lance seemed a little fidgety watching his teammates close it out, standing on the end of the bench looking ready to check in.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -4

Didn’t produce much but seemed to play better overall than he has in a few playoff games when he has scored more.

Sam Young, SF 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6

Played 7 minutes.

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

Wasn’t bad, but wasn’t needed much as Roy played most of the game.

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

Garbage time.

D.J. Augustin, PG 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0

Played the entire fourth quarter. Did so well. In November, if you would have told me that would happen I would have said good one but April fools was last month.

Tags: 2013 Playoffs Game Recap Pacers Vs. Knicks

  • NLP

    Big Roy saved the day smashing the offensive glass and shooting 50% while everyone else shot 31% and that’s thanks to getting rounded up. If you told me we would turn it over 17 times to just 14 assists and West/Hill/PG would shoot 28.3% combined and the Bench wouldn’t do anything special while Lance was held to single digits all while we shot FT less than 70% I would have bet everything we got beat.

    This one game was worth everything Roy got paid the year, we got only 21 points from our 5 big men last game and Roy got 24 tonight all by himself while the other 3 we used tonight managed to chip in 16 more despite the off nights.

    Seems like we haven’t even played out best ball yet and PG and Hill are both under 40% shooting in the playoffs but we’re up 2-1 in the second round so things could get real fun if we start clicking on all cylinders and play a few complete well rounded games, especially if we can get 2 more vs NY and do it to the Heat.

  • Mason

    I wish Roy would have gone through with the monocle

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  • dwaink

    one of the most ugly beautiful games I have ever seen, if I was coaching I would have benched PG in the first quarter, he has got to stop fading from the game or turning it over…but when he pulled up on that 2 man breakaway…and didn’t shoot it….I will eat my hat if he isn’t the most improved player in the NBA….doh
    GO PACERS!!!

  • Ian

    Every season PG has worked hard in the offseason to add something to his game.

    I think this summer it has to be his midrange and post up games. If he can get a go-to fade away midrange jumper (ala Kobe) as well as a couple moves around the post, it’ll keep other teams from putting shorter, quick perimeter defenders on him. As it is he really isn’t effective at taking advantage of his height advantage over smaller guards. He has 3-4 inches on Iman Shumpert, he needs to be able to take advantage of that.

    • dwaink

      I would add to that list
      how to pass
      court vision and spacing

  • Jack Wright

    Hill has got to start knocking down shots. He’s been shooting terribly. I can take some bad shooting games from PG (which are common, as we all know) because he is so vital in many other areas.

    B- for West??? He deserves a C for that performance. C’mon David, get it together!

    • Jack Wright

      Also, I’m liking how Augustin has been playing. He plays with a nice calmness. He seems fairly poised. He also is our most reliable 3-pt threat.

    • Josh Boeke

      West was solid on the offensive glass and had 12 rebounds overall, matching HIbbert for game high. He struggled early but had some big baskets in the 2nd half. B- seems about right to me.

  • Donald Hermann

    Big roy made a face up move. Some one needs to make a gif of that. It wasn’t what I was expecting him but he converted it. He’s expanding his arsenal.

  • dwaink

    I got to ask a question of my fav team….why don’t “we” know exactly what to do to take advantage of the defense we see in front of us? When you come down court and a 2-2-1 is facing you…isn’t there a perfect attack for exactly that defense? When a team presents a regular zone on defense, why are we not going into exactly the kind of attack that breaks that defense down? Where is the court savvy that dictates what to do when a member of the defense against us suddenly gets his 4th foul early in the 3rd quarter…dudes this is the stuff of championships….