Post-Game Grades: Pacers Demolish Bucks — And How

The Pacers’ starting lineup scored 29 points in the first quarter as four players hit 8-of-11 shots. George Hill was the only guy who didn’t start off blazing, knocking down just 1-of-5 shots in the period. But it really didn’t matter. Indiana was so far ahead (31 to 21) that Milwaukee was essentially dead in the water. Sure, 10 points is by no means an insurmountable lead in this league, but the way the Pacers are playing these days, the next 36 minutes just seemed like an inevitable victory.

Which it was.

The Bucks shot a woeful 26.9% in the second quarter, which gave them an embarrassing 37 points on 53 shots at the half (not to mention only 2 free-throw attempts). Sometimes the better team is just that much better. It was a wrap.

Milwaukee didn’t completely give up, but Roy Hibbert continued to body all comers and Paul George once again played like the third best wing in the NBA. At this point, both guys are so confident, so calm and so willing to take good shots only that mediocre defenses really can’t do much to stop the onslaught. And just in case anyone on Milwaukee was unsure just how eager Hibbert was to own the paint, he swatted 8 shots for kicks and giggles.

Luis Scola was the highlight off the bench. He has slowly become a reliable, potent weapon, and he was active and quick to attack the glass this evening.

Though it was a runaway victory, another great sign for Indiana was the ball control. They managed to give up just 9 turnovers and were even better at ensuring that the mistakes didn’t cause much damage, with Milwaukee putting up 2 points on those takeaways.

Yup. Another beat down. Ho hum.

 

Milwaukee Bucks 77 Final
Recap | Box Score
104 Indiana Pacers

Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at Jared (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.

David West, PF 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +7

Not much action to speak of with barely any shot attempts.

Paul George, SF 30 MIN | 10-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +20

It’s getting to the point that the only thing that ever takes away from his efficiency is when his three-point shooting is a bit off. He played wonderful defense and exploited matchups all night long. His third quarter was impressive, particularly the sequence when he iso’d Luke Ridnour for a fadeaway jumper then hit a three right after.

Roy Hibbert, C 31 MIN | 8-10 FG | 8-8 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 8 BLK | 5 TO | 24 PTS | +19

DPOY so far and it’s not close. Like George, he dominated in the third as well, showing a savvy shot for an and-one and another little scoop lay-in that gave him another three-point play. It’s getting to the point that a lot of opponents just don’t have the bigs to keep up. The Bucks were exactly that tonight. (Perfect at the line also.)

George Hill, PG 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +19

Not his night, but played some solid defense, at times completely swallowing Ridnour.

Lance Stephenson, SG 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -4

A bit shaky.

Luis Scola, PF 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +15

If this is how he now plays every night, the Pacers are on their way to having one of the better benches in the league. His hustle mentality and knack for knowing where missed shots are going helped Indiana grab a bunch of boards.

Chris Copeland, SF 3 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5

Garbage time.

Solomon Hill, SF 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +15

OK.

Ian Mahinmi, C 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +8

Right on.

C.J. Watson, PG 25 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +14

Didn’t miss a shot. Such a Pacer.

Donald Sloan, PG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +5

Garbage time.

Orlando Johnson, SG 10 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +12

Dude can score.

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  • BenJW

    Gonna disagree with an A for OJ, there was a stretch there he was making some really silly mistakes, passing and shot selection.

    • Jackson

      agreed

  • Josh Baker

    Roy didn’t touch the ball on at least 3 of those blocks. If they review those, that total will certainly come down.

  • Earl Malmsteen

    Gotta disagree with the C for Cope, splashed two crowd-pleasing 3s and got them over 100 for the first time this year. It at least made me feel warm and fuzzy watching the game. I was also really encouraged by PG seeming to just be able to turn it on in the 3rd (which isn’t the first time this year). In previous years he has mostly scored in the flow of the game. Now he can just take over a game for a stretch. And his midrange game has gone from ho hum to really really good in just one year.

    • djmcba

      I remember watching MJ torture the Pacers and the league for years by knocking down the elbow jumper whenever he pleased. I know its the least efficient (by advanced metrics) way to score, but guys like PG can get to that spot so easily based upon their driving and deep range ability, they can get that shot with greater separation than usual whenever they please. I’ve wondered why other elite players haven’t focused on mastering that mid-range and it looks like PG knows he can get there and does so with intent. I’m on board.

  • Joe Betz

    Avoid writing “Garbage Time” and giving blanket C’s, unless you didn’t watch the final five minutes or left early, in which case, blanket away. Maybe you did not see Copeland splash both threes after immediately checking in? Copeland: B.

    Lance deserves a C+. He had a ridiculous transition dunk, a separate ridiculous finish, and played solid defense, getting into Mayo’s head a bit, especially after the 1st quarter. After a triple-double night, he seemed to press at times and was not as efficient on the offensive end, but he had a close to above average game.

    Wish more people were at the game tonight. 16K is not enough, even though it was the Bucks, so I get it. Step up your game, folks…upper level seats for $12. :)

  • Derek Cooper

    So nice to have scola+watson as reliable contributers. Starting backcourt was a little off tonite but that really got covered up with roy going off and scola/watson doing their usual thing. Impressive stuff big roy :) super efficient giant. Godzilla swattiing airplanes out the sky…

  • Eugene Debs

    9 – 0 = A+

  • achoo

    I like the management of minutes.
    Big game tonight against the Bulls.

    Also I think it’s great that Scola is getting used to his new team. He was already a nice upgrade to the bench, even when he wasn’t fitting. Now he is out there making passes like he’s known the guys for years, and is fitting into the team a lot better, seems he has his plays down and the chemistry is getting strong. Moves him up from a nice upgrade to a serious weapon. If he gains the level of comfort with these new Pacers teammates, the way he has with his Argentine national team, and plays at the level he does for them, man this is going to be one tough machine to stop.

  • JSwidan

    Orlando Johnson can score, but giving him an A is a bit high. He still looks lost out there on offense when he isn’t just shooting 3′s. I like the guy and I think he can be valuable offense off the bench. I would of given him a B- or a C+

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