Post-Game Grades: Pacers Hold Off Kris Humphries and the Celtics

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The Good – Allowing only 25 shots in the restricted area. It’s not talked about but Indiana is a pretty good free-throw shooting team. Tonight they were 19-out-of-23 (82%). On the season they are fifth in free-throw percentage. Nice production from the perimeter guys, too.

The Bad – Complacency. Indiana couldn’t hold Boston off the offensive glass plus Kris Kardashian Humphries went crazy in the third quarter. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

MVP - Paul George has been ridiculous on catch-and-shoot jumpers. He a hit a three pointer coming off a pin-down screen to put Indiana up five with 1:15 remaining. Boston did not answer back.

LVP - Roy Hibbert gets the award. He had back-to-back offensive fouls in the fourth quarter.

X Factor – Evan Turner. 8-of-14 from the field. He’s quite good at taking and making bad shots.

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Indiana Pacers 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Boston Celtics
David West, PF 31 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -3 

Solid game from Mr. West. Knocked down a couple catch-and-shoot 18 footers and operated from the elbow per usual.

Paul George, SF 34 MIN | 9-20 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | -6 

Awesome first half. George was short on nearly everything in the third but had eight in the final quarter. He remains awesome at shooting threes on pin-downs.

Roy Hibbert, C 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +9 

Not sure what grade to give him. Boston was all over the glass. Did normal ‘Hibbert’ things and had a nice block on Rondo. He also reached his season average of 290 falls per game.

C.J. Watson, PG 28 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +5 

Didn’t turn it over much and didn’t foul, which is good. Per nba.com, he had four secondary assists.

Lance Stephenson, SG 43 MIN | 5-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +12 

Liked his aggressiveness to attack Boston’s smaller guards.

Luis Scola, PF 17 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +8 

The fast break slam gets an A+. Scola was good out in space, redirecting Boston guards on a bunch of pick-and-rolls. This what I think Scola said after his dunk, “I STEP IN TD GARDEN LIKE I’M THE S—!”

Evan Turner, SF 26 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +7 

That pivot turnaround he takes just outside the restricted area is weird and looks like a miss each time.

Ian Mahinmi, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -4 

Not much to say here.

Donald Sloan, PG 12 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3 

Not good.

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