Post-Game Grades: Pacers Jump on Warriors Early, Win Comfortably in Oakland

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The Good - Nobody really had an amazing game, but the Pacers still beat a very dangerous Warriors team. Everyone contributed, and it didn’t take a Superman effort from any one individual.

The Bad - Danny Granger has seen better days. He’s still figuring things out, but it doesn’t change the fact that he simply didn’t play well.

MVP - George Hill. Keeping Steph Curry in check is an extremely difficult job that many around the league can’t do. He has a lot of help behind him, but give Hill credit.

LVP - The entire Golden State bench. That group is bad. Like, really bad.

X-Factor - Watson played a nice game in limited minutes, and he outplayed his matchup, Jordan Crawford.

Defining Moment - Lance Stephenson made Steph Curry upset. It’s fun when Lance gets under people’s skin.

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Indiana Pacers 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Golden State Warriors
David West, PF 31 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +2

He struggled from the field, shooting just 40%, but West got to the line 7 times to help make up for it. Still, it’s tough to give West too high of a grade when Golden State’s power forward, David Lee, went for an impressive 20 points and 12 rebounds.West didn’t get dominated, but it’s hard to say he won his matchup. And that’s ok. Lee is very good.

Paul George, SF 36 MIN | 9-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +9

Not the crazy Paul George night that we’ve come to expect, but productive nonetheless. Our standards are very high at this point, as 23 points and George-like defense is an A+ for a lot of players in this league.Much like West, it’s important to consider the matchup. Andre Iguodala is a tough defender for PG.

Roy Hibbert, C 36 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +9

Excellent from the field, although so was his counterpart Andrew Bogut. The rim protection was there, as always, but you have to expect Hibbert to lock down Bogut more than he did.

George Hill, PG 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +4

We’ve come to expect solid out of George Hill, but he was more than solid tonight. Steph Curry only scored 24, and Hill played great defense on one of the final possessions to force a Curry miss from deep.Oh, and 75% from three is nice, too.

Lance Stephenson, SG 43 MIN | 6-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +2

He made Steph Curry mad at one point, which I guess is a good thing.Lance played a lot of minutes, and was once again on triple double watch, where he fell 3 assists short.Struggled from the field, but did enough other things to make up for it.

Luis Scola, PF 17 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +6

The Warriors don’t have a good bench, and Marrese Speights has been terrible this season. It’s not reasonable to expect a monster game because of the minutes he gets, but 3-9 from the field for just 6 points against a very good matchup is a bit discouraging.

Danny Granger, SF 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +5

We’ve seen better from Granger.He allowed Harrison Barnes to create a little offensively early in the game, which helped keep the Warriors in the game as their starters got some rest. Everyone has a rough game once in a while, and it’s clear Granger is still getting back into the swing of things.

Ian Mahinmi, C 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -1

All you can ask for out of Mahinmi. Made both shots he took, and added 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. He’s still big and tall, which comes in handy with Hibbert on the bench. Gave the Pacers quality minutes.

C.J. Watson, PG 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +4

Solid play all around from Watson, who clearly outplayed Jordan Crawford, one of Golden State’s few threats off the bench.

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

DNP.

Donald Sloan, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

DNP.

Orlando Johnson, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

DNP.

Rasual Butler, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

DNP.

Frank Vogel

Vogel rode his starters; particularly Lance, who played 43 minutes. This is understandable, as it was a close game against a good team. It probably didn’t matter by this point, but sticking Paul George on Curry at the very end of the game was a smart move to seal the deal.

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  • Philip Tarrant

    Lance looked bad more often than he looked good tonight, but he made some big plays in key moments and the overall line is great other than the shooting, and surprisingly only 1 TO. Also, I’m not sure if making Steph mad was a good thing, as he got a hot hand not long thereafter. Overall, with as good as the first half was in Pacers’ dominance, the second half was just us hanging on to our butts and trying to stay ahead of the cresting wave as they hit an offensive surge. The second half wasn’t pretty, but we gritted out a tough win on the road, which says a lot about this team. I give the team an A- for this one. Good job guys!

    • Derek U

      Make Curry mad! Something about him acting like a tough guy is the funniest thing on television ever. Remember the slight brawl he tried to create as Hibbert tossed him like a rag doll…..

      • Philip Tarrant

        He IS roughly the same size as a rag doll….

  • Josh Baker

    Scola looked lost on offense. Hope it’s a one game thing.

    • Travis Wright

      Golden State is a top 10 defense and Scola has been solid all season. I expect this won’t be a long term problem.

  • Realist

    Too harsh on Hibbert. Probably a bit too harsh on everyone I think. We were slight underdogs to start this game, and we beat a solid West team on the road.

    I agree HIll was our best.

  • AMF1322

    (Oh no, it’s that guy again…) YEAH! It’s time for the Pacers record before March. Why I keep doing this? A) I got too much free time; B) Pacers might be even in to the playoff, not only for common sense, but also based on numbers. Also, check out the schedule of March and you’ll understand why this time of the year it’s crucial to keep the 1st seed. That last month and a half are brutal, and it may start a losing streak. Indiana has to not lose as many as they can NOW. So, let’s check.
    Last time I did this, it was after the OKC lost. Since then, they’d lose agianst MIA (at home), HOU, and LAC. 3 matches the Pacers won. They’ve still lose @MIA, and @ATL, and they surprised me with a loss against DET and @TOR, and haven’t played the second game @ATL yet.
    With all this said, I’ll make my prediction, more in a pessimistic way: @PHO, @SAC (If Boogie it’s engaged and Hibbert in foul trouble…), @DEN, @ATL, Vs. POR, and @MIN (back-to-back after playing ATL at home). If you ask me, I believe taht, not only the Pacers will win some those, but they’ll only lose 2 games until March. But, they may also lose another one that is not one of those before mentioned. But even with those 6 losses, it’s most likely that they’ll keep te 1st seed.
    It bothers me that Frank has been over-using a little bit Lance and PG. I know that O.J. has been a dissapointment so far, but then use Rasual Butler, who proved he can score against opposing bench units. Granger might not be in his best shape, but he can move the ball, Scola has great IQ, C.J. has been working great as a point guard, so why has to keep Lance or Paul with the bench unit? Give them a little more of rest. Paul and Lance have played 35.7 and 35.9 minutes in the last nine games respectively. The other 3 starters? Under 30 min. Paul and Lance should not play more than 32-33 minutes (unless the game goes to OT). Pulp and Butler will never prove to you they can play if you don’t give them minutes when it matters. At least to one of them. I know that neither Paul or Lance have 24 yet (PG gets there on May), but it’s still too risky.

  • grllin

    First post over here! Got to go to the game last night, which was awesome – the Warriors fans were really into it but really classy to the handful of Pacers fans like me. From my vantage, it was amazing how much the officials let the play go on – and when they did blow whistles, it was pretty damn inconsistent. With that said, I was very happy with how well the team withstood run after run, especially with the crowd roaring every time there was a semblance of a comeback (being surrounded by thunder-sticks when Barnes made the three to cut it to 79-77 was quite something).

    Found it interesting that they did switch PG onto Curry at the end, actually – Curry got PG leaning the first two possessions after they made that switch and if not for defensive help would’ve been extremely open. PG got it together in the last minute (thankfully) but it was nerve-wracking for sure!

  • Ian

    Not sure why Curry got so upset on the play, the fact was that if there hadn’t been an off the ball foul on the Warriors he would have been called for a clear block on Lance so he got bailed out on that play lol.

    Hill was excellent. George really made Klay Thomson work all game which was huge. Unfair and showing a bit of lack of understanding of Roy’s role to call him out for defending Bogut. Bogut scored most of those points on pick and roll’s with Curry, and Curry skitters around those picks so tightly that Roy is forced to contest him, meaning Bogut is not longer his direct responsibility. Lee also seemed to score a lot of those points when West was out.

    I think Scola has been struggling in the post lately. He’s not getting players off their feet as much as they aren’t going for his fakes, and teams are staying with him more on the pick and fade.

    • Jack Wright

      feel like posting up might just not be his game. atleast looks that way. that shooting ability is huge though. and the general solidness of his game.

  • Jackson

    Hill needs to make an All-Defensive Team this year. All of the starters could be justified but George Hibbert and Hill deserve it for sure

  • Todd

    I just want to throw my two cents in on the only thing that really scared me. Everyone in the building and all of us knew that the D was not sustainable on arguably the best offense in the west (I know, there are lots of good Offenses in the west). But I wanna talk about the second half, and PG’s numbers in the second. I am not going to look them up, as I am too lazy to do so. but I think he had six in the final quarter. Now I know he NEEDS his rest, as alluded to by other eloquent posters on this forum, but he seemed lost on offense a couple of times, and outside of a sick jordan lebronesque turnaround jumper, was ghost in the fourth quarter. It seems they were sliding doubles his way or playing to his side. I just want PG to get to the line more, as it has been established that he is capable of a superstar call more times than not these days. And he took two free throws at the end of the game. Just my only quibble. We played a GREAT team (IMO, this Warriors team have enough of a defensive identity, coupled with great shooters to do lots of damage) but I want a more assertive PG in crunch time. Maybe minutes rotation need to change. We seem to be such a second half team, but last night was not so. SO, in summation (sorry for long post guys) we gotta figure out a rotation to get him his minutes/rest, and I would love to see a six to eight next to free throw attempts by this STARS name. Have a good one guys. Here’s to another successful road trip. . Excited to see these Suns play. Shame Gerald Green couldn’t hit broad side of a red barn for us…

  • Todd

    One more thing…I still advocate for an A for CWat anytime that he has a positive +/- and less than two turnovers. What a gem.