Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat Heat in Game 6, Force a Game 7

David West has a cold.

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 36 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +18

Brutal shooting start and he looked like his fever/respiratory infection would get the best of him. But he was moving the ball well and rebounding. Then, he pepped up after halftime and started to pour in some buckets. In the fourth quarter, me made 4 of his 6 shots, and he grabbed one of the two misses for a follow dunk. The jumper he stuck with Indiana up just 6 after Mike Miller hit two 3-pointers was particularly big. He may have been sick, but the dude was ill.

Paul George, SF 43 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 28 PTS | +12

Playoff career-high scoring night for the 23-year-old who dropped his 28 points on just 19 shots. More encouraging than the volume, however, was the approach. There were three or four instances when I thought he was about to pull up for a jumper, but he didn’t, instead hesitating and continuing on towards the rim. He didn’t settle. He was relentless. And it was all in the flow of the offense. Growing up.

Roy Hibbert, C 42 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +12

I’ve run out of compliments, I think. He is just so good now. So much better than he has ever been. It’s like he had a full body transplant while also undergoing some Clockwork Orange video conditioning that now makes him want to dunk everything. Alongside that ferocious demeanor, however, he remains calm and able to make nuanced, timing moves. He was glorious.

George Hill, PG 43 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +16

The Pacers are now 9-1 this postseason when Hill scores at least 15 points. He was aggressive, ran the offense well most of the time and played pretty good defense.

Lance Stephenson, SG 40 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | +18

The stats aren’t impressive aside from the rebounding, but I thought his early activity helped get the team going. Some of the plays didn’t lead to points, but he got into the paint, found teammates and pushed the ball in transition. He did Lance stuff.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4

Didn’t do much but filled in well enough for a gassed West.

Sam Young, SF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3

Played some defense, hit a three.

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

Played 6 minutes.

D.J. Augustin, PG 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -8

Sick little floater he hit. Can’t really run the offense.

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

Garbage minute.

Topics: 2013 Playoffs, Game Recap, Pacers Vs. Heat

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  • Realist

    1) Get well, David West.

    2) Let’s just hope this whole Hibbert press conference thing doesn’t overshadow the fact that there’s a ECF Game 7 coming up. I am more nervous about that and how it might affect us than anything else.

    • Realist

      Also, obviously it’s okay to be happy with the win. Anybody else worried we’re a little _too_ happy? Just a little. Stay hungry, stay humble etc.

    • Ian

      Stephen A Smith, who is always annoying, did have a point in saying that he could see West was physically exhausted, and yet he totally outplayed Bosh. The difference in heart and effort is the difference in skill between LeBron and Miles Plumlee.

  • llcoolray3000

    Good grade assessments.

    I particularly enjoyed David West’s “I’m NOT going to pay a lot for this muffler! And I’m NOT going to get closed out at home no matter what!” effort at the end of the game. His relentless determination in spite of his poor offensive input to that point is really what allowed the Pacers to win convincingly rather than hold on to a win desperately or worse, choke down the stretch.

  • NLP

    Tyler should get an A+ just for taking Birdman out with the end result being +20 on the glass and doubling them up on points in the paint. Andersen had been playing out of his mind before losing it in game 5. In Game 6 all of the Heat’s big men scored less as a unit than what Andersen had been averaging in this series on his perfect shooting from the field over the first 5 contests.

    • Realist

      Technically Paul George took him out and “framed” Tyler. A+’s all ’round I say.

      • NLP

        While its true that Paul did the deed to set Birdman off nothing would have likely happened if Tyler wasn’t Tyler already having many players on edge with his style of play. If someone hits you and you’re not sure who it was then Tyler will always be the #1 choice to other teams if he’s out there.

    • Ian

      Andersen is less valuable than he looks, cause he sucks at on the ball defense and doesn’t space the floor like Haslem and Bosh do. Thing is though, he’s still better than Joel Anthony. Amazing that they decided to give Anthony more time rather than just give Bosh, Haslem and Battier more time. Goes to show how little faith they have in those guys now.

      • NLP

        The Heat’s record 50-6 record including the playoffs when he plays this year would say otherwise. If you have a guy shooting 100% from the field who’ rebounding and blocking shots he’s clearly valuable to them as they have no size and got exposed without him.

  • Jack Wright

    One win away from the Finals, boys.

  • dwaink

    heck of a game!!! now all they got to do is double that performance and salt away the Heat…and on to history in the big games

  • lil-bang

    I would have given West a B just for single handedly coming in and taking the air of out Bankers Life at the end of the 3rd with that horrible pass.
    West does 1 of 2 things when he inbounds the ball late in a game…turnover or amazing play. Most of the time it’s a turnover. Good thing he wasn’t in foul trouble or I would start to think Vogel is a liar.
    Puts West in late in the quarter. Just to come in and be “quarterback” for a play. This is the same Vogel who took Roy out late in quarters to avoid getting cheap fouls.
    Anyways that play was ran horribly. Not sure why everyone was running streamers, should have only been Hill with Allen on him. Plus the one thing not to do on that play should have been NOT TO THROW IT LEBRON’S way.
    Didn’t turn out to be a big deal but made the Pacers start off a little slow that 4th quarter.
    Also would have given Lance a C+…4 turnovers, 4 points, 4 assists…meh. 12 rebounds is good but there are going to be rebounds all around the way Miami has been shooting.

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