Post-Game Grades: Rockets Light a Fire on the Pacers


The Good – David West turned grown men into middle-school boys while breaking up a scuffle.

The Bad – Does anybody want to guard James Harden or Dwight Howard? No? Okay. Does anybody want to defend the three-point line? No? Okay. Does anybody want to play good basketball? No? Okay.

MVP – I think James Harden said this, “I embrace y’all with napalm, blowed up, no guts left, chest/face gone.”

LVP – Do I get to pick ‘five’?

X Factor – I actually laughed when I first typed out ‘X Factor’. Besides the laughable jump pass, I like when Rasual Butler gets minutes. He’ll make a three-pointer and doesn’t get in the way.

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Indiana Pacers 86 FinalRecap | Box Score 112 Houston Rockets
David West, PF 23 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -19 Became a bar bouncer.
Paul George, SF 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -30 He defended nicely in the first half but that was it. What I think James Harden said to Paul George, “I eat ya for breakfast, the watch was an exchange for your necklace.”
Roy Hibbert, C 29 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -28 Three blocks. What I think Dwight Howard said to Roy Hibbert,”You’s a Pop Tart, sweetheart, you soft in the middle.”
George Hill, PG 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -19 What I think Patrick Beverley said to George Hill, “You was a ballerina, I got the pictures, I seen ya.”
Lance Stephenson, SG 29 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -11 He couldn’t stay in front of Parsons on pick-and-rolls and played dribble, dribble offense. What I think Chandler Parsons said to Lance Stephenson, “Your reach ain’t long enough, dunny.”
Lavoy Allen, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2 Garbage time.
Luis Scola, PF 19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -9 Hit some patented jumpers.
Evan Turner, SF 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -20 Starting a push fight down double-digits isn’t ideal.
Chris Copeland, SF 6 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +2 Garbage time.
Solomon Hill, SF 8 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +4 Garbage time.
Ian Mahinmi, C 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | 0 Took a 17-footer with a lot of time on the shot clock. No it did not go in.
Donald Sloan, PG 8 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +4 Garbage time.
Rasual Butler, SG 22 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -6 Played productive minutes in the second quarter. He’s shooting 44-percent from distance. Hit two tonight.
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  • Philip Tarrant

    What in the smeg is happening to this team? Is everyone still shaken up about losing Granny Danger?

    • thechamp5400

      That’s jus your typical mid-season Hakuna Matata.
      The Heat are going through the same.
      Coincidence that this is happening at the exactly same time? I think not.

      • Realist

        We have been rubbish for about a month. The Heat won 5/6 on their recent west trip. They are infinitely better than us right now.

      • Special K

        The Heat lost in San Antonio and by 3 in Houston. The Pacers lost at home to the Warriors and were absolutely slaughtered on the road in CHARLOTTE and Houston. Not the same.

      • Philip Tarrant

        I’ll agree that it’s easy to get complacent over the long NBA season, but you’d expect a team with the kind of heart that this one has had to show up after such an embarrassing loss to the Bobcats. I’m not panicking by any means; it’s just a bit disappointing, and I should hope it’s not symptomatic of a larger problem with the team.

  • Marcello

    oh man!

  • Derek Cooper

    Ok. Offensively _to me_ it doesn’t make sense to have roy+david out there at the same time much at all. Could give cope some big minutes at the f-c positions. That way u got one guy to post up and spread the other 4 ppl. It would mean alotta mins for cope and some more for turner + butler__and none for scola– I like scola but the shape of the team offense I think calls for some experimenting. Also mihinmis mins would be cut to 0 or very little. I’m saying both roy+ david play 25-30 mins but in a 48 min game if both played 28 mins only 8 of those minute would have to overlap the other 20 for each of them they’d be the lone post guy out there with 4 perimeter threats. Unless mihinmi played a very very small spurt.______________yea when cope and west are the bigs could zone up maybe. Heading into the playoffs I think the best bet is to get roy and west both going. They don’t compliment each other offensively when they’re both out there. You can’t post them up at the same time and neither shoots 3s. That’s my amateur opinion.

  • thechamp5400

    That applies for both the Heat and the Pacers.

  • Special K

    Can someone explain to me how in the h3ll this is the same Pacers team that started the season 16-1?!
    No, seriously people, are we sure these are the same guys? Can we say for a fact that there was not some sort of freaky Friday body swap with the Dark Age Pacers? Could that be Marquis Daniels’ soul running around in PG’s body? Did they switch in Jermaine O’Neal’s corpse in for Hibbert? Does anyone have a MORE plausible explanation than this?
    I’m starting to wonder if Vogel knows how to use the bench. Given that Green, Augustine and Plumlee have all had relative explosions with their new teams, and Scola and Watson are under producing, is it time to start wondering if the problem is in Indianapolis?

    • llcoolray3000

      They’ve been on top for so long that we’ve become spoiled by dominating play, so our expectations are a little irrational (although that’s no excuse for getting embarrassed like last night), and they’ve got a target on their backs. Every team brings their A game against the Pacers, and they don’t match the same intensity/desire.

      • Special K

        That certainly makes some sense. There’s no way that they were really as good as that 16-1 start. But the absolute bombs they’ve dropped recently, not just against the Rockets, and that miserable first quarter against the Bobcats, in addition to the slow starts that have put them in catch up mode, are inexcusable for a team that would like to consider themselves a contender.
        I think you’re right about intensity. To me, it seems like a mental / emotional toughness issue. They don’t come out with any fire in the first or third quarters and they end up getting run out of games they should win.

  • lil-bang

    Pacers still are tied with 3 other teams with the least amount of losses, so they are still one of the best teams in the league. All the other teams have just been improving and it appears the Pacers have stalled and possibly regressed, hopefully just laziness.They just need to start showing in these last 20 games that they can play as well as they were in the first half of the season. It starts with the defense, once that gets back into form the shots will start falling, just in time for the playoffs.
    Teams play better when they have a chip on their shoulder. Everyone has started to count them out now, so this just maybe what the Pacers need. Let’s hope they respond. It starts in Dallas.
    GO PACERS!!!

  • Joe Betz

    Heat lost to the Bulls today. Makes this a little easier to swallow. Getting the lead to 3 points and then allowing James Harden to outscore your entire team by himself the rest of the quarter is impossible to swallow. Hoping for a turnaround tonight against the Mavs…jeeez louise.

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