Post-Game Grades: Pacers Nearly Come Back to Beat Warriors But Fall Short


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The Good – The final six minutes when the Pacers denoted a megaton bombs of defense more faster than you blink. It’s debatable whether Indiana once again (somewhat) proving to themselves that they can flip the switch on their historically dominant D is actually a “good” thing, but the way they unleashed mayhem late tonight tells you everything you need to know about why this team can win the title. Which brings us to …

The Bad – The first 42 minutes when Indiana was being much more lackluster and allowing the Warriors to score in the paint (where Golden State scored 24 of their first 48 points). The bench was also woeful; Evan Turner, C.J. Watson and Ian Mahinmi shot a combined 1-for-9 (11.1%).

MVP – Klay Thompson. Mychal’s son dropped 16 in the fourth quarter including a gorgeous, fadeaway, game-winning jumper from the post over George Hill that put The Dubs up 2 with just 0.6 seconds to play.

LVP - Evan Turner. Shot 0-for-5 and played bad defense. Really nothing to like about his 18 minutes on the court. 

X Factor – Draymond Green. The career 26.0% three-point shooter hit two triples at what felt like big moments. The Tom Izzo product also added 2 other field goals, 7 boards, and 3 dimes in 21 minutes.

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Golden State Warriors 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
96 Indiana Pacers
David West, PF 34 MIN | 10-17 FG | 7-7 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 27 PTS | +9

Did his thing in multiple mismatches. It’s probably a shame Indiana didn’t feed the beast earlier and more often while the likes of David Lee and Draymond Green tried in vain to stop him. Had a great steal late, picking Steph Curry’s pocket and taking it for a layup that energized the whole building.

Paul George, SF 40 MIN | 8-23 FG | 7-8 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 26 PTS | +2

Started off the game very aggressive and put some pressure on the Warriors defense. Could have had a double-digit FTA game if he would have kept pushing the envelope early, but still managed to make up for his 15 missed shots with great defense and big plays late.

Roy Hibbert, C 34 MIN | 4-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +7

Was a bit stumbly at times and he has to take the bulk of Indiana’s inability to protect the paint in the first half. Had one sick, long, lefty hook shot. But 3 boards? Get outta here with that.

George Hill, PG 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +7

Ridiculous circus shot, and another big jumper plus the harm later. Played very good defense at times on Steph, even though Curry had it going early.

Lance Stephenson, SG 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +8

Took him awhile (and a smack to the face) to get going, but made some nice contributions after the slow start. More shots than points.

Luis Scola, PF 14 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -11

Finally made some shots to give Pacers’ fans hope he’ll pull out of his slump. Nice little shot chart.

Evan Turner, SF 18 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -14

Aint nobody got time to watch Evan Turner play basketball like that.

Ian Mahinmi, C 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -9

Not good. Bench units were all a joke.

C.J. Watson, PG 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -9

Not good. Bench units were all a joke.

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  • planecrush31

    Pathetic Bench!

  • Earl Malmsteen

    I’m definitely concerned at this point. PG has put up some stinkers on offense lately in terms of efficiency. He’s gone from T-Mac clone at the beginning of the year and the last month or two he’s been more like “#1 option Rudy Gay” taking 20-25 shots. Other than David West who has been an absolute monster since the break, the Pacers have not looked good at all. I really would not mind a 15 point win against a decent team.

    • Earl Malmsteen

      starting frontcourt tonight, 13 points on 5-29 from the field. Yeeeeeesh not what I had in mind.

  • Jack Wright

    shut up people. we fine

    • Earl Malmsteen

      Hope you’re right, PG going 8-23 is going to win many games in the ECF. A bagel in the first half so far tonight isn’t encouraging either.

  • lil-bang

    Wish a Vogel grade was up on this one. He takes PG out when he is on fire, waits until about 4:00 left in the second to put him back in and he was straight broke after that.
    Still not happy with his play calling selection. PG shut down Curry in the 4th, but was he really the best option for the last 2 shots? The final one maybe, but why was there no oop attempt? They would foul PG every time on that play. The second to last play was horrible. West deserved the ball there. I actually got mad when Vogel called the timeout to call the second to last shot, because he is really that bad at play calls for those final shots (or the Pacers are that bad at executing). The Pacers won’t win a championship if they can’t figure out how to get better plays, better looks, and/or also execute better in close games against good teams. PG won’t get too many more 3 point fouls called for him as time expires. It is either time for him to start knocking the shots down, or for better plays to be developed. I still don’t believe there is a superstar offensive player on this team: Lance and PG have came back down to earth after the first half of this season. This team needs to hit the hot hand when the game is on the line or the best matchup.
    Also when you have Steph Curry in foul trouble in a close game, every play should be attacking him to get him fouled out. PG would be guarding Thompson on the last play if Curry was fouled out and that game would have most likely went to overtime.
    I will give Turner some time to figure out how to play with this second unit before I go blasting the second unit, but he pretty much was playing with a second unit in Philly. In a week or two if he is still struggling, then it appears the front office made a big mistake, because atleast Danny was averaging 8ppg and hitting above 90% from the line.
    Anyways…GO PACERS!!! #1 seed is still in their hands and I think they need it for ECF and the finals if they want to win it all.

  • Ian

    I doubt it was Vogel’s fault, but how on earth, with a tie game, the ball and 46 seconds left on the clock, do the Pacers only get one possession? They HAD to get a 2-for-1 after GS gifted them the possession with Curry’s out of bounds. Truly terrible execution. I watched the game on league pass with the GS announcers and they were shocked. Statistically, even two low-percentage shots early in the clock are better than 1 high percentage shot, and they didn’t even get 1 high percentage shot.

    Also, I think it was a mistake to put PG on Curry on the last play. Thompson had been hot and G Hill was playing very good D on Curry. Thompson is just clearly too tall to be guarded by G Hill and it showed on that last shot.

    • Jack Wright

      well it depends on how easy of a shot ur talking about (regarding the 2 low percentage vs 1 high percentage shots).. But I agree. Instead, Vogel drew up a crazy play no one in this universe has ever seen.. And we managed a difficult shot by PG out of it.

      And I also agree on ur last point… Vogel needs to stop tweaking things in last second situations. The logic to support me is so apparent: DON’T EFF WITH THINGS THAT AINT BROKE

  • Andrew Wills

    No one is mentioning the Robbery of four points by the Officials? GHill hits a three and gets fouled doing it, and they wave it off as a non shooting foul…not one word anywhere…

    • Jack Wright

      iggy had just dislocated his finger. Hill would OBVIOUSLY not have shot that if it weren’t for the refs’ whistles. c’mon

  • Joe Betz

    Great game to be at for about 3 minutes in the 4th quarter…yeah, that’s all I have to say about last night.

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