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


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.

Jalen Bishop (@jalen_ny) filled in for Jared Wade (@8pts9secs) and Tim Donahue (@TimDonahue8p9s). Thoughts? Complaints? Shout at me on twitter.

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, 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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  • Realist

    B for Turner? You’re crazy. He was 8/14 and had 0 turnovers for the game while playing point guard down the stretch (instead of Lance, for some reason, but I didn’t mind).

    I think all these grades are a little low, for a road win. We actually played pretty well for the most part, I thought. Celts hit a LOT of jumpers (Rondo threes etc).

    • Jalen Bishop

      He was really good but some of the shots he made/took weren’t great. The process bugged me. His second shot, he brought up the ball and took a contested 18 footer with 17 secs on shot clock then few possessions later bricked a three pointer with 16 on shot clock.

      He missed his last three shots in the 4th: he brought the ball up and dribble, dribbled and took a contested 17 footer with more than 15 on the shot clock. See a trend? Second one: Had ball with around 12 secs on shot clock, dribbled himself into a bad situation and air-balled a jumper on the left side(Indiana was only up 1 with 3:04). The last one, they were up 4 with 1:50 left and took a mid-range/floater with 14 secs on the shot clock giving Boston extra seconds. Trend? Maybe. Maybe not.

      • Realist

        Yeah, he might not have looked great on some of those, but you seem to be grading him on a very steep curve. Plus, with guys who can and should (especially with our second unit) get their own shot, some of that ugliness will appear sometimes.

        But Scola basically got an A for one play? Even PG, who played well, but not amazing (missed a ton of layups and short armed heaps of open jumpers as you mentioned) got an A-.

        A- for Turner, at worst. If Danny had the same game, there’s no way he would’ve got a B. (still miss you Danny)

        He’s our 6th/7th man and he was fillin’ it up.

        • Jalen Bishop

          Looking back on it now, I definitely could of bumped up Hibbert, Watson, West etc. But, hey, I’m working on it.

        • Philip Tarrant

          I’m normally on the same page with you, Realist, but I am fully in Jalen’s corner on this one. Evan Turner does a great job of insinuating himself in the lane for some easy lay-ins and jumpers and was great at finishing in this game, but he stagnated the offense quite a few times and was an all-around ball hog in some key areas of the game. And he CERTAINLY took some poor shots (at least 2-3 really bad ones that I recall). B is the grade I would have given as well. His defense is rather unfairly maligned, as he is an average defender and uses his body well for the most part (but occasionally finds himself out of position as he doesn’t have the quicks of some 2s).

          Scola definitely deserved an A for this game. He was active defensively, both up top forcing a couple tip-aways and down low bodying up the post man, and he also was hitting the mid-range and ended perfect from the field and the line. I don’t know what you’d want more from a back-up 4 in 17 min. I don’t recall him getting used on the glass or anything he really did poorly. Though I will say that PG also deserved an A, as he was overall spectacular (esp in the first, where he did EVERYTHING).

  • Jack Wright

    I would’ve said B+ for ET.. Thought he was great with the bench unit but forced a couple too many bad shots with the starters. Overall though I liked the look of him playing a little point guard with the first unit. Good option for when Hill isn’t playing great. I still would like to see Lance be a little more aggressive. There were a few stretches last night when Lance was clearly the best player on the floor but would go 3 or 4 straight possessions without touching the ball. His teammates need to do a better job of finding him and allowing him to control that 2nd unit.

    Also, I just like Turner. Speaks his mind.. (“You gotta give it to Larry Bird and them for making a great trade..”). Hahah. Good fit so far.

    • Realist

      That post-game shoutout made me lol and smile. It was great.

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  • Ian

    I was underwhelmed by Watson. He’s more aggressive than G Hill is but he didn’t produce much with that aggressiveness tonight. I like Watson as the backup but I’m not ready to say we could just swap him in for G Hill. Sloan played well in limited minutes early in the season but looked lost tonight. Not surprising given how rarely he sees the floor. Here’s an interesting tidbit, George hill is 6th among NBA PGs in True Shooting Percentage.

    Hibbert deserves a little better for 15 efficient points. He was exhausted in the 4th the Pacers played too much at Boston’s speed which I think fatigued him.

    Turner’s grade is about right. The knock on him is that he’s a volume guy, and 17 points on 14 shot and 3 trips to the line is not exactly Durantian. What’s up with his free throws? I guess he’s 6-10 it feels like worse though. I do like that he can get his own shot in the midrange and has a very good handle, it really fills a niche on the team without getting in the way of the other players. The super-long big lineup was nice to see in the 4th.

  • Robert T. Ives

    This classic. We must understand what we have in Lance.
    16 points on 8 shots. 9 rebounds. 6 assists. That is NOT an “A” game? He is now one of the best players in the league.

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