Post-Game Grades: Pacers Beat Clippers


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The Good - The Pacers never really let this become a game, and oh my goodness are Paul George and Lance Stephenson fun to watch.

The Bad - David West can’t make stupid decisions like he did today. The Pacers won, so it’s not the end of the world, but these are the kind of things that can swing a playoff game.

MVP - Paul George with a side of Lance Stephenson. Holy efficiency.

LVP - J.J. Redick. 4-17 won’t help you win very many games, so give credit to the Indiana wings for making life tough for J.J.

X-Factor - C.J. Watson provided a nice offensive spark off the bench, and was his usual solid self in other aspects.

Defining moment - Paul George’s dunk. All I want is for George and LeBron to compete in the Dunk Competition. Is that too much to ask?

Disagree? Let me know @JrMarkyMark

Los Angeles Clippers 92 Final
Recap | Box Score
106 Indiana Pacers
David West, PF 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3

West was ejected after an almost kind of mini fight with Blake Griffin at the end of the second quarter. Nothing terribly vicious, but West can’t let these kind of things happen in the future. Outside of the ejection, he wasn’t much of a factor.

Paul George, SF 36 MIN | 12-17 FG | 7-7 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 36 PTS | +15

Did you see that dunk? Is that Vince Carter in his prime or Paul George? Can that happen every night? Please? George was great in every aspect. Crazy efficient offensively, good as always defensively, and he brought some flash to a game that was never terribly close or exciting.

Sources: Paul George is good at basketball.

Roy Hibbert, C 26 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 5 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +14

Good enough, I guess. Hibbert struggled offensively, but his rim protection was great, as evidenced by the 5 blocked shots. You can live with a 2-11 night once in a while if you’re also getting 11 rebounds and 5 blocks.

George Hill, PG 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +6

Chris Paul didn’t play, but Darren Collison is an awfully good backup. Nothing on the box score will amaze you with Hill’s efforts, but he was his typical self on defense. When George and Stephenson are this good, Hill doesn’t have to be a stud.

Lance Stephenson, SG 41 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | +12

You know Stephenson wanted the triple double, but he fell just a few assists short.He may have been outdone by Paul George, but Lance was still great. His court vision was particularly fun to watch tonight, and his effort running through screens on defense against J.J. Redick is much appreciated.

Luis Scola, PF 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +13

How nice is it to have a guy like Scola on the bench when West gets ejected?He clearly needed a lot of help guarding Blake Griffin, but Scola did enough to keep Blake in check.

Chris Copeland, SF 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4

Garbage time, but HEY HE SHOT 100% FROM THREE!

Danny Granger, SF 27 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +16

Granger struggled from the field, but it was awesome to watch him guard Blake after West got ejected. By no means should he be a good cover on one of the league’s most athletic big men, but Granger fought defensively and had that look of determination in his eyes. He’s not the man on this team anymore, but it’s awesome to watch him embrace his role and do whatever is asked of him.

Ian Mahinmi, C 20 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +6

In typical Mahinmi fashion, he provided a big body and some rim protection while Hibbert got some rest, and not much else.

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

Garbage time.

C.J. Watson, PG 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +11

Very nice game from Watson. Much like Scola, he’s a great guy to have on the bench. Such a luxury.

Orlando Johnson, SG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4

Garbage time.

Rasual Butler, SG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4

Garbage time.

Frank Vogel

Didn’t have to do a whole lot, but putting Granger on Blake Griffin was an interesting strategy. Scola couldn’t guard him, so at least making Blake defend out to the perimeter on Granger was a solid move. Playing Granger at power forward situationally might be something Vogel looks to do in the future in preparation for the Miami Heat.Could have gone to Hack-a-Jordan if the game was close, but there was no need. Plus, who wants to watch that?

Three Things We Saw

  1. Paul George is so much fun. From buzzer beaters to spectacular dunks, this guy is great. He brings it on both ends of the floor every single night, and you don’t have to be a fan of the team to root for him.
  2. Danny Granger played some power forward, and held his own against Blake Griffin. Hopefully David West won’t continue to get ejected, but this is a nice wrinkle in Indiana’s rotation.
  3. Wow, the Clippers need a quality backup big man. It’s times like this that you really appreciate Luis Scola.

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  • pietalian

    Great effort by the guys tonight.

    Also, I appreciate the change to giving “Incompletes” for those who only got minimal minutes

  • AMF1322

    Once again, at least to me, Blake Griffin showed how overrated he is. Yes, he is one of the most athlethic players in the league, but also, one of the most gutless. This is how you can tell: if this was a match against Portland, Aldridge would single-handed destroyed the West-less Pacers (speacially with Scola and Hibbert in foul trouble like tonight). Griffin had tonight the chance of taking this game in his hands in the second half, score 40-something points, and lead a comeback that would show that the LAC are championship material. Instead, he ended 6-18 with 19 points. I know it was his second game of a back-to-back (he played 40 min in NY), but a guy with his athleticism? His not a 38-yrs-old KG, or a 36-yrs-old Duncan.

    Apart from that, what a show from the Pacers. It really amazed me how bad the Pacers looked in the 3rd quarter, with all those missed shots, bad luck, and some bad calls, and still managed to score 21 points! Last season, or in the 2011-2012 season, playing this bad against, let’s say, Toronto, or Sacramento, or the NO Hornets, and this would have been a 12-14 points quarter. This shows how much the Pacers have evolved: because even playing in their worst shape, they don’t look bad enogh to say ‘this isn’t a championship team’.

    • ᗪEᑎI ♛

      jealousy is a disease, this is a basketball game 5 on 5 not wrestling and Portland can’t even beat the Phoenix Suns single time,

      • Todd

        Bro, we play you guys twice this week, assuming you’re a suns fan? Unless plumlee can be effective and Gerald a streaky shooter anyway, it could be a bad matchup for u guys. We are so long. You can dictate pace maybe. But guard play has to get shots off against a team that limited reddick to 4-17 shooting. Would be interesting to see us compete with Bledsoe healthy. No disrespect to dragic whom is an all star to me. But Bledsoe is so dynamic. Love him. Anyway, anyone like that PG dunk lol? Did anyone hear the stat about margin of victory past ten at home? Did they say 16? Unreal. Anyway, sorry pacers fans for posting too much about the subs, whom intrigue me. What an impressive victory against a great team. Goodnight All

        • 15points126seconds

          haha i think theres a lot of misunderstanding happening right here. pretty sure deni is a pacers fan, seen him post multiple times on this site. i think his point is simply that Blake has earned his “all star” status and that it was a classless move on West’s part. He didnt really address the point that LMA arguably would’ve taken advantage of West’s absence/Scola’s foul trouble in a way that Blake didnt, except to say that its a team game and perhaps the blazers have been exposed by being unable to beat the (much improved) suns…

          • Todd

            Yeah, the post just seemed a little disjointed, and I, for one, was a little confused. I get on here to read the articles (my favorite pacer site outside of cornrows, just do not do much posting) so I was not aware of deni being a Pacer fan. The comment just was a little different, lol. Thanks for the context. Go Pacers!!

          • 15points126seconds

            just out of curiosity, what do you like about cornrows? i read it occasionally when im bored, but i find it heavy on the puff pieces & links, but light on analysis….

      • Todd

        Also to address the jealousy basketball comment. He was addressing the fact west was out and that scola doesn’t guard guys like that. Nor is granger healthy enough too. Just that if griffin would’ve Been a little more demanding, he may have been able to dominate.

    • Philip Tarrant

      You only have to watch them play to know that Aldridge is a legitimate PF, and Blake Griffin is a tall small forward. Aldridge has a complete game and Blake is just an athletic bitch. Sure, Griffin can put up points and get to the rim and elevate, but disciplined defense is going to take away a lot of what he does. Aldridge is a different animal with a full skill set from killer mid-range to a myriad of post moves and veteran savvy. I honestly don’t think there’s a better 4 in the game right now with Duncan and KG both aging.

      • Todd

        Agree sir. Aldridge is top five in western conference and possibly a top ten player , yet not marketed like Lillard is. Which I get, guys with ball in hands get pub, but Aldridge has been doing it or years. And you’re right. He ha a complete repertoire. Flashes some dream moves on the baseline. Dream as in my fave player of all time Hakeem. Favorite non pacer player that is. Pacer would be mark Jackson which sounds silly but the couple years he was here he was a general. Then maybe someone like Antonio or dale Davis

        • Philip Tarrant

          Hakeem’s post moves were nasty. He was giving a good 50 lbs to Shaq and could get anywhere he wanted in the post with his length and quickness combo. And no matter what people might say of him, Shaq in his prime was quick (not fast!) in the post and knew how to use his size as well. Hakeem just knew that in order to be able to challenge his shot, defenders would have to leave their feet, and he took advantage of it. Aldridge is able to do the same things and has a killer mid-range to boot (he is not nearly the all-time great defender that Hakeem was, though is certainly no slouch himself).

  • Jackson

    Playing Granger at the 4 sometimes during the Heat series may be a good idea. We will certainly have to test it out in the remaining 2 regular season games. Also, this recent slump by PG tells us 1 thing: HE NEEDS MORE REST!!! Take notes Vogel, right after 3 days off, he is back to his normal All-Star self. We have the best backup small forward in the league, so there is no excuse to play George 40+ minutes consistently.

    • 15points126seconds

      its a little worrisome, both lance (35) and paul (36) are playing lots of minutes/game considering that we have a deep bench and our point differential is tops in the league at 9.9. but that being said, these guys are young studs playing “star” minutes

      • Derek U

        the adage is play them while they’re young, but hopefully before playoffs begin they’re each playing around 30 to give the bench a run and rest the starters.

  • kemosabe

    Hibbert should be more like a C-. His offense is still quite terrible lately, missing gimmies right at the rim. Also, he didn’t register a block after the first 5min of the game.