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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  • AMF1322

    I couldn’t watch the game, so I don’t know exactly how the team play except for this. BUT, I checked the box score once when the game was 38-20 or something like that, and Lance was 0-6. Did he play good enough in the third to get the C-? Because with only looking the box score, it seemed like it was Bad Lance playing and not helping in a cold start. Someone can tell me a little bit more about how Lance played?

    • dave

      terribly

    • Guest

      The whole team played terrible except Paul George but he turned the ball over 7 times which is a lot.21 turnovers total,Hibbert played but was coach had to replace him with Mahimi thats how good he was. An ALL STAR player

    • ᗪEᑎI ♛

      The whole team played terrible except Paul George but he turned the ball
      over 7 times which is a lot.21 turnovers total,Hibbert played but
      coach had to replace him with Mahimi thats how good he was. An ALL STAR
      player

  • Stanley 001

    So, is it true that this team is trying to get the home-court advantage in the east? Not gonna happen.

  • Andy_Dunn

    Isn’t it time to bench Danny? Love the guy but he is not the same guy. We have been slumping since he came back. Sure we had an easy schedule at the beginning of the year but he keeps putting up 3s and bricks most.

    • Andy_Dunn

      Cope over Danny

    • Earl Malmsteen

      I think I agree. To my surprise it’s been his offense that’s been the problem. DG’s shooting is way down and seems like it’s stuck there. He’s playing hard on defense and Cope is a terrible defender, but I think on nights/times where the other team doesn’t have an above average SF on the court, Cope is the way to go.

  • Special K

    I’m fairly sure the Pacers have decided that they hate the idea of having the #1 seed. I know that was all the rage at the beginning of the season, but clearly that’s not longer the priority. Now it’s all about getting the “nobody believes in you” karma going. That’s the only explanation, right?

    • Philip Tarrant

      The NBA is all about hipsters. They decided it was too “mainstream” to be the front-runners.

  • Jamie Rehmel

    Copeland should play ahead of Granger until he proves he’s at least as ineffective so as to continue to give Granger the benefit of the doubt (i.e, playing himself into shape or whatever he’s doing). Also, I don’t know why George wasn’t defending Love; West is physically not a good matchup for Love who is younger, moves around a lot, and shoots at a high percentage from the outside. Let him shoot 3′s all day and put a perimeter defender on him.

  • Guest

    Hubie Brown mentioned “Hibbert can’t pass himself the ball.Hibbert is 7″2 sometimes looks like he is playing on the wheelchair,the guy is clumsy.I think if the Pacers dont win anything in the next 2-3 years that Bird will realize they overpayed the guy.

  • ᗪEᑎI ♛

    Hubie Brown mentioned “Hibbert can’t pass himself the ball.Hibbert is
    7″2 sometimes looks like he is playing on the wheelchair,the guy is
    clumsy.I think if the Pacers dont win anything in the next 2-3 years
    that Bird will realize they overpayed the guy. 2-4=4 points He played that bad that even the worst back up center did better than him 2-4=5 points 1 block 2 steals i cant wait for Bynum to start over these two idiots until then look for more blow out games

    • Andrew Wills

      wow… this might be the dumbest comment I’ve seen in a while… Yes, Roy had a bad game… but if you know basketball (and not just offensive stats) you realize that this guy (Roy) is so scary to opposing players that they wont even attempt to go near him when he is patrolling the paint…

  • Realist

    Wow, some serious over reactions in this comment section. We have been fairly atrocious on most road segababas this year. This wasn’t that much of a surprise.

    No back to backs in the playoffs.

  • Derek Cooper

    Wow imagine how this slumping puts mr bird ina more difficult position with the trade deadline coming fast. I mean we were soo good in the first portion of the season __BUT paul was playing crazy good_ + scola was lights out__ so its like our success was largely influenced on these 2 unsustainable hot streaks. ____plus its tricky cuz bird sees our players thrrough the lens of vogels offense and rotation decisions…. tricky sticky stuff man.

  • Chris Baker

    The Pacers need to go on a 5-game winning streak. Period.

    @MIL
    LAL
    MIL
    @BOS
    UTA

    Those are 5 bottom feeders that the boys need to take care of. The schedule won’t offer up many more opportunities like this from here on out. Hopefully Miami will stumble somewhere in there. If Indiana doesn’t go at least 4-1 in this stretch then I’ll officially be worried.

    • Realist

      Miami have done annoyingly well on this west trip, losing to Utah but beating all the better teams. Go figure.

      @OKC tonight though.

  • Chris Baker

    By the way, PG is 40/40 from the FT line is his last 9 games.

  • Andrew Wills

    Granger is the only player with a positive Plus/Minus interesting

  • Ian

    The first mistake was bringing in Scola when West got in foul trouble. Scola can’t guard Love. Danny would have been a perfect matchup there.

    Great to see Cope get some minutes and show what he can do. I hope we keep seeing him get 10 minutes a night of instant offense.

    Mahinmi keeps playing well since the Bynum signing.

    Ultimately, I feel like the Pacers offense is a bit broken. Way too many isos and far too little movement off of post ups. Vogel needs to rethink some of the sets and also look on getting more passing out of the post. Hibbert should be getting more touches but also they should be getting options for him to pass to so that he doesn’t feel like he has to just put his head down and go to the basket. There was one particularly bad moment last night where he got the ball about 18 feet from the basket, closely guarded, and after 10 seconds of looking for someone to pass to (no one moved), he had to try and take his man off the dribble! I couldn’t believe he managed to get a decent shot off (still a miss).

  • Joe Betz

    Please note second game of a back-to-back was a factor in this loss. Pacers had a chance to steal this game, but PG decided to go behind the back out of bounds instead of hitting a wide open C.J. Watson for a walk-up three point attempt that would have cut the lead to 3…2…? I forget…had he hit it. Instead, turnover, back to a 3 possession + game and that’s all she wrote.

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