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Post-Game Grades: Historic Paul George Heroics Aren't Quite Enough to Beat Portland

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So there’s this player in the National Basketball Association named Paul George, right? And tonight his team couldn’t play defense in the second half which is weird because normally they’re, like, a historically great defensive team but he didn’t really care too many times about all that so instead he was just all “I’m going to make every shot ever in the history of shooting and maybe that will work out good for me and my teammates, OK? Yeah. I think I’ll try that.” So that’s what he did even though his team kept fouling and the other team kept making all its foul shots and the result was 61 second-half points for the opponents, who were from Portland or somewhere they have beards and good beer and great basketball players, and as the aforementioned words said, it was weird because that type of being all scored against stuff never ever really happens to Paul George and his teammates in the year of the lord two thousand and thirteen but rather than be all sad and cry about something strange happening on a random night in December this guy named Paul George was just thinking, “Well, hey, what if I make something even stranger happen? That’s allowed, right? Like, what if they keep scoring two points at a time and I instead just make three points happen every chance we have to have the ball? I’m not world-class when it comes to this math stuff, but I am world class at this basketball thing — as in, there might only be like three or four dudes walking this earth better than me — so maybe if I just make every shot that ever takes place we can still win anyway. It could be a good strategy.” And that’s exactly what he did. It didn’t end up working out because other things also happened, but really who cares? Because now Paul George is not just a player in the National Basketball Association, he is Paul George. And everybody now knows that he is Paul George and they are all afraid. Oh so very afraid.

Indiana Pacers 102 Final
Recap | Box Score
106 Portland Trail Blazers

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 33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +7

Did his thing on occasion, but looked a bit tired on a back to back and mighty frustrated as Mighty LaMarcus took him to the woodshed again and again.

Paul George, SF 38 MIN | 16-30 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 43 PTS | -1

Meh.

Roy Hibbert, C 37 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +1

Took a few shots to the nuts literally and figuratively, and missed some 50/50 cheapies. I’m sure he’ll want some blame for the porous interior defense late, but he wasn’t so different than normal. I’ll have to watch some tape, but it looked like the perimeter guys, and West with LMA, were just having trouble with some Blazers who were playing great.

George Hill, PG 41 MIN | 1-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +3

Could have used some more points, but he finished with a Brinks truck full of dimes. Still, 1-for-8 aint right.

Lance Stephenson, SG 29 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -5

Quite awful.

Luis Scola, PF 16 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -11

Was scorching early, but didn’t do anything after the break.

Solomon Hill, SF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3

Didn’t realize he was on the court.

Ian Mahinmi, C 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Fouls ‘R Us.

C.J. Watson, PG 18 MIN | 3-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -13

Still reluctant to take some shots, but drilled a few big ones as well and had a fantastic hustle play to get a steal then later save the ball on the same possession. 10 points is a nice contribution.

Orlando Johnson, SG 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +1

OK.

Chris Copeland, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

He really liked Paul George’s dunk.

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  • Realist

    I C what you did there.

    • 15points126seconds

      i dont… i mean, i get that the C is a joke bc writing A+ would be redundant after the opening paragraph, but whats the point?

      • Realist

        Nice name.

  • 15points126seconds

    this was an epic game, but i cant help but feel disappointed that our vaunted D disappeared in the 4th. We shouldnt need PG to bail us out. Cant wait to see us perform against SAS and Miami!

  • Earl Malmsteen

    Does Lillard remind anyone else of Tony Parker? The floater isn’t so lethal but he’s super quick and uses screens similarly.

    • Derek U

      Parker wish he had that range

      • Jack Wright

        Lillard wish he had those rings

        • Derek U

          Considering he’s rolling into his second year, I’m sure he’ll have plenty of time to jump ship and run with a true contender.

    • Jack Wright

      I think Lillard will be a historically good point guard. Better than CP3. Maybe on the level of John Stockton or so

      • Derek U

        eaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase up there guy.

        • Jack Wright

          it’s a prediction guy

          • Derek U

            I’m not your guy, friend… very bold prediction.

          • Josiah

            I’m not your friend, buddy… John Stockton wasn’t that great. He just played a long time and ran the same play over and over again. CP3 isn’t really a point guard; more of a shooting guard who passes the ball.

          • 15points126seconds

            Lol. Do you watch professional basketball or are you just a troll?

  • ᗪEᑎI ♛

    Remmember what Barkley said during the playoffs last year?when Stephenson plays bad Indiana plays bad and losses, not only was Stephenson bad with 2 points,George Hill was horrible too.DEFENSE was not that good,it gave up 106 points and Portland shot HIGH 33 freet hrows?WTF referees?

    • Philip Tarrant

      Aldridge kept leading with the knee late against Hibb which made him lose verticality when he was repeatedly hit in the balls. It’s something the league needs to review to ascertain the legality of such a move.

      • ᗪEᑎI ♛

        Aldridge is either a #DirtyPlayer or he is afraid to get his shot blocked so he is leading with a leg,should have been called for the offensive foul.

        • Jack Wright

          neh i’m sure it was accidental

          • Philip Tarrant

            That’s as may be, but doesn’t change the fact that it gave him an unfair edge.

      • Jack Wright

        It’s a foul, at least according to Quinn Buckner, who I will never doubt when it comes to basketball knowledge. But that’s such a small detail of the game last night that it’s not even worth talking about. Blazers just made some big shots at some big moments. They answered our answers.

        • Ian

          It’s a foul but did not decide the game. It was Portland’s constant penetration and trips to the foul line that killed the Pacers.

        • Philip Tarrant

          It was just in response to his comment about the refs and FTs. I thought it was a borderline call that went the wrong way and was a bit frustrating down the stretch. Blazers played well and are tough to beat at home if you’re not on top of your game. It was incredible that PG and Hibb gave us a chance to win in the waning minutes.

    • Jack Wright

      the biggest reason we were so dominant at home in the playoffs was because Lance plays much better at home, and the team as a whole plays so much better when Lance is playing well.

      Lance is able to create EASY buckets for himself and his teammates. He has the best vision on the team, is the most explosive, and probably is the best finisher at the rim. When he’s playing well (..which is basically 50% of games, because 50% of games are played at home), even his missed shots are often valuable, because Roy or D-West or somebody is usually right there for the putback. The problem is that he isn’t consistent on the road.

      It’s like, if you pull an all-nighter to study and in the morning you feel like you are pretty comfortable with the material and ready to get a solid A minus on the test… then, one hour before the test, your buddy offers you some Adderall, so you take it. You end up rocking the sh*t out of that test like it’s a 1st grade spelling quiz. You were going to get a good grade regardless, but that Adderall allowed you to step up your game a notch………Lance is our Adderall. We can still win games without him, even tough games, but winning becomes a whole hell of a lot easier when he’s feelin’ good.

      • Ian

        PG used to have the same problem, but it seems like he’s solved it. Hopefully Lance will too.

      • Jackson

        Same way with GHill though maybe not quite as dramatic

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  • Paul Hill

    Come on. You’ve got to give a better explanation for the C to PG than “MEH.” Especially after the lead in to the grades.

    • Ian

      That one went WAY over your head I see.

  • Ian

    The Blazers attacked the rim again and again in the 2nd half while the Pacers settled for jumpers again and again. If it wasn’t for PG’s crazy night it’d have been far worse than it was. The Pacers need to be able to go to the hole and force the refs to call fouls against the best teams.

    I know its been lost among the triple doubles and all but Lance’s jumper has completely abandoned him. Teams don’t even need to guard him on the perimeter anymore and that’s going to make it harder for the other players to find spacing. PG needs to work with him or something or this is going to become a bigger problem.

    • Philip Tarrant

      Yeah, Lance needs to start knocking down the jumper again, but his value is still high without it given the spark he gives to this team. If he could get it working again with how he’s playing otherwise (barring this game), then he’ll lock up that MIP award early.

    • Jack Wright

      It’s not his jumper that’s abandoned him.. It’s his confidence IN his jumper that has. He’s just got to get it back, which I predict will occur at Banker’s Life against the Heat in a week or so. No worries.

  • Philip Tarrant

    Hibbert deserves a better grade for his 4th quarter performance. He had some huge boards on the offensive glass and his help defense changed quite a few shots (he’s not to blame for the fouls on Aldridge leading with the knee that ruined his verticality). Until the last minute or two of the fourth, I thought his performance was as impressive as PG’s. Then PG drilled that 3 with the shot clock running down…. It was so close to being one of the most incredible regular season comebacks since TMac dismantled the Spurs after being down 10 with a minute remaining.

  • Realist

    I’m sure our 4th quarter defence would do a lot better after a day’s rest.

    There are no back-to-backs in the playoffs, just remember that.

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