Post-Game Grades: Wolves Manhandle Pacers

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The Good – Indiana used a nice offensive effort from its superstar to mount a quality come back in the third quarter. The offense finally got into sorts and we saw good ball movement, some driving attacks at the rim and quality inside-out action.

The Bad – Indiana’s decision making. They were sloppy early and often in a game that they, quite literally, gave away by turning the ball over.

MVP – Kevin Love. The walking double double was everything and all the things tonight. He was hitting threes, making silly passes and snatching the many, many Pacers’ misses off the backboard.

LVP – David West. The foul trouble prevented him from getting into this one, and his third foul was somewhat of a joke. But that’s not why he was a total nonfactor — a liability even — on both ends of the court.

X-Factor – Paul George got his superstar going in the third, dropping 18 points on 9 shots in the quarter to give Indiana one last-ditch effort at making this a real game (which the team would soon squander).

Indiana Pacers 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
104 Minnesota Timberwolves
David West, PF 27 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -5

Early foul trouble forced him out of the game — one during which he never was a factor. Got torched by Kevin Love.

Paul George, SF 36 MIN | 11-22 FG | 10-10 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 7 TO | 35 PTS | -10

Sloppy with the ball, but he was all All-Star in the third quarter, knifing his way to the rim and nearly single-handedly bringing Indiana back into this one.

Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -10

Not good. As Hubie Brown mentioned though, “Hibbert can’t pass himself the ball.”

George Hill, PG 32 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -12

Showed some signs of being good but wasn’t able to even consider containing Ricky Rubio, who did whatever he wanted to do all night.

Lance Stephenson, SG 37 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -18

Some good, more bad.

Luis Scola, PF 10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -9

Don’t recall anything he did.

Chris Copeland, SF 11 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1

Finally got some mid-game minutes due to West’s foul trouble and everyone’s ineffectiveness. Did well, using a series of shot fakes to drive and disrupt the defense. Drilled a three and made some nice dishes.

Danny Granger, SF 18 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Yikes.

Ian Mahinmi, C 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -2

Not so bad. Great block.

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

Slop minutes.

C.J. Watson, PG 15 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -1

Couples of nice plays, missed a pull-up three in transition during a critical stretch late.

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

Slop time.

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

Slop.

Frank Vogel

Team didn’t look ready to play, and he was unable to find an answer for Love and Rubio.

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