Post-Game Grades: Wow, the Lakers Are Bad


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The Good - 50 bench points. 21 offensive rebounds. 21 second chance points. All season highs.

The Bad - Gave up 54 first half points and only led by three.

MVP - Paul George. Over the last 10 minutes of the third quarter, Paul George scored 12, and the Lakers scored 12. The rest of the Pacers chipped in 20, but PG was the tip of the spear as the best defense in basketball finally made an appearance after 4 straight quarters of giving up a lot of points.

LVP - The Lakers’ in uniform. Though the Pacers played relatively poorly for a long stretch of the 1st half and led by only 1 in the third, it was difficult to envision them actually playing badly enough to lose to these Lakers. That roster – thanks, in part, to injuries – is a hot mess.

X Factor - Evan Turner, acquired last week in a trade for Danny Granger, provided some offensive punch off the bench. However, it was his second half performance that had fewer points, but more rebounds, more assists, and better +/- that was what Pacer fans were probably wanting to see.

Los Angeles Lakers 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
118 Indiana Pacers
David West, PF 28 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +23

Important as a big, physical force against a smallish Laker team, but didn’t convert on his opportunities as much as you’d like. Still 11 & 12 with 3 steals and 2 blocks is doing work.

Paul George, SF 28 MIN | 6-18 FG | 7-7 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +23

Turned the game with some wilting defense in the third quarter.

Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +11

Got back to protecting the rim well, but Pacers still need him to become more consistent offensive option.

George Hill, PG 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +14

Loved his aggressiveness early.

Lance Stephenson, SG 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +25

He Lanced, but not as much as usual.

Lavoy Allen, PF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Garbage time.

Luis Scola, PF 14 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +8

Still struggling with his shot, but 9 & 9 in 14 minutes is kind of a ridiculous stat line.

Evan Turner, SF 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +9

Couldn’t ask for a whole lot more with two days of practice. It won’t always be as easy as it was against a disastrous Laker team, but the promise is there, offensively.

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

Garbage time.

Ian Mahinmi, C 19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +17

Ian’s been a consistent contributor over the last month, and tonight was one of his best performances in a Pacer uniform – at both ends.

Donald Sloan, PG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -11

Garbage time.

C.J. Watson, PG 21 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +11

CJ hitting shots was good to see.

Rasual Butler, SG 6 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -11

Garbage time.

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  • djmcba

    Feel like someone needs to sit lance down and tell him to chill and play within himself- it constantly seems like he has more turnovers than he really does as he is trying to go LANCE! too often. If he wants the big money, which I think he deserves, he can’t be making 3+ comically poor decisions a night. I think the addition of Turner will help him as he won’t be the only playmaker in the second unit. Hopefully he doesn’t take it the wrong way (see him hands out upset on that sick PG up-and-under and one BC he didn’t get the ball) and continues to get better at moving without the ball (see the great cut and one bucket he had shortly thereafter and attempted oop from Turner) as his role with the second team now more strongly mirrors his role with the first.

    The Lakers are bad, but a wins a wins a win, yes’cer.

  • Realist

    5/6 and 0 turnovers in 21 minutes for CJ. Only a B?

  • Derek Cooper

    Huh. I got a feeling turner may fit really well with us. I know just the lakers+ all… I got a feeling though.____ also I think if things go well enough larry might come through with a deal over the summer that makes room for both lance+turner to stay. Yep I got a feeling this is gonna be a really good thing.

    • Jack Wright

      lookin good so far

    • Derek U

      Only 2 moves would could make that happen. Move West for nothing, or move HIll for nothing.

  • Derek Cooper

    Ok my last post was positive so I’m allowed to get a little negative now right? __ pretty bad job of getting roy the ball. We really should try to get him grooving heading into the playoffs. __roy ain’t too great when ppl drive+ dish _or if he’s like not expecting the ball seems like something awkward is probably going to happen. BUT_ post him up he’s got the Big-Money-Hook. If he got into a rhythm of using that hook several times a game it would only get better.__I haven’t seen him do his dribble under the basket and reach to the other side shot in long time..seems like that one usually always works out when he uses it. And he’s got a turn-baseline step back shot that looks good_ well I haven’t seen him hit that one much but it looks like it would start dropping if he got comfortable with it…..I mean almost all year we’re gonna not give him the ball much_ then against miami just hope he clicks into rhythm. I mean that could happen but…

    • Jack Wright

      Idk dude, I don’t ever worry about Roy. He’s my definition of what a pro is. and he’s the most valuable (i.e. best, in my opinion) center in the league. I worry a little about Lance because he’s emotional, sometimes PG because of the flash in the pan possibility, and Hill because he’s inconsistent (probably unwarranted — he’s more valuable than I give him credit). But I never worry about Roy. Or D-West actually.

  • Ian

    I liked the way the ball moved with Turner on the floor in the 2nd half. Adding a ball handler who is also a willing passer is a nice addition. Having him, Lance and Watson really opened things up creatively and it was refreshing. He won’t be hitting all those turnarounds and fadeaways every night will be nice to see if the Pacers can get his drive/pick and roll game going.

    He looked a bit lost on offense but the effort was there. Presumably the pressure of ‘work on defense or sit’ will keep him giving %100.

    I noticed Quinn and Chris were really pointing out how well Mahinmi has been playing lately, I was hoping they’d get him and Scola 10 points each so we could have 9 guys in double figures. Scola finally got some open looks but still struggled but he worked really hard to make up for it.