Post Game Grades: Pacers Beat Knicks

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The Good – Everybody played their roles perfectly tonight – Pacers were clicking offensively and getting good looks almost every possession.

The Bad – Can’t complain about much. Allowed Melo to score 28 points, but still kept him to under 50% shooting/

MVP – Lance Stephenson. He was doing it all tonight – silencing multiple runs by the Knicks with huge shots, and getting into the lane and making plays for his team mates.

LVP – Andrea Bargnani. His just 3 of his 9 shots for six points in 31 minutes, while being shocking defensively and having a +/- of -23.

X-Factor – Danny Granger. Quietly provided much needed offense in limited minutes early in the game.

Defining Moment – Roy Hibbert’s block on Carmelo Anthony. Anthony spun off Paul George on the low block, went baseline and Hibbert rotated over and blocked the dunk. The Knicks had a tough time staying in this game.

 

Disagree? Want to discuss the grades? Get onto me on twitter at @TimWritesNBA.

 

New York Knicks 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
117 Indiana Pacers
David West, PF 27 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +10

West was good early on when the Pacers went to him on the low block. Used his big body to get good position on Bargnani and was scoring seemingly with ease. Only had 3 rebounds though, and the lowest +/- of any of the starters.

Paul George, SF 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | +14

Big game from Paul – was scoring well, then benefited from the Knicks defense paying a lot of attention to Stephenson after he got going, and knocked down open looks. Did well guarding Melo, played physical D.

Roy Hibbert, C 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +20

Roy had a great defensive game as usual, highlighted by the huge block on Carmelo. Was quiet offensively.

George Hill, PG 22 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +18

Very quiet game from Hill. Good defense as usual, but with Paul and Lance handling the ball for a majority of the game, his role was small.

Lance Stephenson, SG 35 MIN | 10-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 28 PTS | +30

Tonight was Lance at his best – playmaking, scoring, and even doing a good job guarding Melo for stretches. Multiple highlight plays, and showed us why he’s worthy of an all-star spot.

Luis Scola, PF 16 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +18

Scola was a big part of the Pacers run in the second quarter, knocking down a couple of mid-range jumpshots. Didn’t play too many more significant minutes.

Chris Copeland, SF 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | 0

Junk time.

Danny Granger, SF 20 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +13

Granger was good, providing a spark in the second quarter then helping put the Knicks away in the 4th.

Ian Mahinmi, C 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +8

Didn’t do anything particularly well, but allowed Indiana to rest Hibbert without losing too much defensively.

Donald Sloan, PG 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2

Junk time.

C.J. Watson, PG 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +8

CJ played his role well as usual, coming off the bench and handling the ball for a bit while Hill and PG rested.

Orlando Johnson, SG 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Junk time.

Rasual Butler, SG 5 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

Junk time.

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  • Todd

    I can’t be the only person that infrequently (or frequently) posts here that believes CWat deserves an A for every game he plays more than fifteen minutes and I see that low TO number and a nice +/-

  • AMF1322

    B- for Granger and Scola? Are you kidding me? 10 and 7 for Scola, and 11-2-4 for Granger, and you gave them a B-? What’s the matter with you?

    • wesmont

      Some could argue Scola is the mast consistent Pacer this year.He is solid every game ,and outstanding in every other game.He deserves an A here and it isn’t close.I think he plays so well so often, we get lulled into just expecting it.

      • Tim

        See reply to AMF1322 above.

    • Tim

      Yeah, I knew somebody would bring this up – it’s easy to look at the stat sheet and say both of these guys were awesome tonight, but going into junk time, Scola has like 4 points and 2 rebounds if I recall correctly – he didn’t hurt the team, but he hadn’t done anything exceptionally well either. I don’t think scoring and rebounding against the Knicks bench is all too impressive, or worthy of a grade upgrade. However, they helped get a bit of momentum in the 2nd, hence the B- (I actually meant to give Granger a B, not sure what happened). But yeah, basically of all of that applies to Granger too. – Tim

      • AMF1322

        Scola 2 FT’s and Granger assist and 3pt shoot were key to take the lead at the end of the first quarter (before Melo’s buzzer beater 3). Then, after the official timeout, with the Pacers down by 2, Scola made consecutive baskets to put Indiana up front, then made an assist for Lance’s layup before the fundamental PG’s 3pt shooter that put Indy 43-37, which forced a Knicks time out, and which was the point where you know the Pacers were going to win this match. Now, I admit you weren’t wrong to put Danny a B-, but Scola was there at the end of the first and start of the second when the Pacers started to show the Knicks which was CLEARLY the better team.

        • Tim

          You’re right, should’ve given him a bit more respect for sparking that run, I did mention it in his notes though. I just find it hard to go higher than that when he only played like 10 real minutes, you know? But credit where it’s due, he played his role perfectly. It was my first time doing the grades, so I’m just getting the hang of what warrants what grade.

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