Post-Game Grades: Pacers Play Horrible, Get Beat by Bulls


The Good – I’ve been trying in earnest and honestly can’t think of anything. George Hill played well, though even he was a little sloppy on defense at times.

The Bad – The first half. Indiana followed up its season-low 30-point first half against the Grizzlies on Saturday with a 34-point scoring bonanza tonight in the opening two quarters. It was a delightful mix of 12-for-34 (35.3%) shooting and 9 turnovers. Guys who weren’t George Hill (who made 4 of his 6 attempts) shot 8-for-28 (28.6%) in the half.

MVP – Taj Gibson. He was a bundle of energy and just keep the motor revving all night. Finished with a game-high 23 points (on 9-of-15 shooting) to go along with 9 boards.

LVP – Joe Kleine, Michael Olowokandi, Jerome James, and Travis Knight are wondering what’s up with Roy Hibbert.

X Factor – Kirk Hinrich. He made a bunch of plays at what felt like big times, hitting a 3 here or getting to the hoop there or, ya know, preventing Paul George from scoring on a 1-on-1 in transition way over there. The goggles, they do everything.

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Indiana Pacers 77 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Chicago Bulls
David West, PF 36 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -4Not bad in the second half. You’d love to see him lead by example and really get to bruising and not talking anymore. But he’s not going to ever do that apparently.
Paul George, SF 41 MIN | 8-22 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | -5There were some positives, like him trying to get to the FT line and making a few nice moves early to find space for himself to shoot. The defense, at times, was nice, like that wonderful steal and dunk. But he also was aimless on both ends on other occasions, and whines arguably more than anyone else in the NBA at this point.
Roy Hibbert, C 26 MIN | 0-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | -12I don’t even know who this guy is anymore.
George Hill, PG 39 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -5Only guy who played well tonight.
Lance Stephenson, SG 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -11You know he’s not himself when he doesn’t record a single assist. I feel like he had a nice stretch of play in the 3rd quarter but it wasn’t nearly long enough.
Luis Scola, PF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -7Missed a layup hilariously over his head with a smaller man behind him and missed a few other shots, as he does.
Chris Copeland, SF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0Not sure what his role is these days and I bet he feels the same.
Ian Mahinmi, C 17 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | 0Couldn’t box out. One of his worst games in some time.
Donald Sloan, PG 9 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7Had a nice drive to the hoop. Missed, but got his own carom and put it back in. Otherwise, played 8 minutes and 45 seconds of unmemorable hoops.
Frank VogelWould be cool if you re-taught these guys to play basketball.

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  • Brenn Bell

    I know PG whines at refs. Sometimes he is correct. But my point is you do exaggerate somewhat that he’s the worst in NBA….all players whine. Especially Labron. So I feel you and others are picking on the 23 yr old….

  • Earl Malmsteen

    The Pacers offense against decent defense is totally unwatchable at this point. It’s pretty normal to watch 10 possessions and not see more than 2 or 3 effective screens. Hill, Lance, and PG all seem to need a huge cushion to take outside shots. Way too much isolation. After being the best team in the league the first 40 games this season it’s just baffling how bad they look. Blah.

  • Philip Tarrant

    I hope to god they don’t play anything like this against the Heat. My friend is going to the game, and if we play like this, it’s going to be a terrible one to watch no matter what the result.

  • Adam Best

    What alternate universe is this in which D.J. Augustin actually gets the last laugh?

  • Chris Baker

    The Pacers’ season is on the line tomorrow night against the Heat. If they manage to hang on and earn the #1 seed then that will at least be something they can hang their hat on heading into the playoffs, like “mission accomplished.” But if they lose tomorrow night, I think Miami catches them for the #1 seed. They would be even in the loss column and Miami would lead the season series 2 – 1 with one game left in Miami. If Indiana falls to #2 then what in the world would they have to feel good about heading into the postseason?

  • Ian

    Pacers are near unwatchable and have been for awhile. Your comment on Hibbert was pretty spot on. It’s not that he’s playing poorly, it’s that he’s an utter non-factor. Can’t shoot, can’t rebound. He’s 7’2 and has combined for 5 rebounds in his last 48 minutes on the court. Too many players on the roster right now dont’ look like they even belong in an NBA game most nights.

    Championship teams go through bad stretches like this but the Pacers have won absolutely nothing. They have not earned the right to mail in game after game.

    I almost feel like Vogel needs to rip out the offense and go back to like 4 plays and just run them again and again. And I think the Pacers need to change their priorities on offense. A %25 jumper is better than a turnover anyday. The players need to start understanding that.

  • Special K

    Just horrendous. I was hopeful that the 4 game win streak, despite coming against the league’s bottom of the barrel was a sign of change. Clearly it was not.
    The problem here is that the offense not only looks inept, it looks lazy. It’s turned in to the Knicks offense, where they just set up useless isos for guys (mostly George last night) dribble around near the perimeter and then chuck up a bad shot. No one even looks like they’re trying to make a play, except Lance sometimes, and most of the time that completely blows up. THE FIVE have been the worst, with most opposing teams blowing the doors off the Pacers in the third quarter with all of them on the floor – and sometimes they manage to blow the entire game in the first quarter and never catch up.
    Add to that that last night they were even lazy on defense. The Bulls came out ice cold (I was at the game), despite getting good, open looks. The Pacers were standing around watching the Bulls play basketball most of the game. Hibbert was useless on both ends. Agree with another poster who said the season is on the line on Wednesday. If they come out flat again and get run over by the Heat, they can kiss the 1 seed good bye. I’m not even sure they’d beat a team like the Bulls or the Raptors in a 7 game series. They have completely lost the ability to win on the road.

  • thedudewhoisright

    I think its time we think about resting our players…to me it just looks like fatigue.

    • Ian

      Maybe, but why are they fatigued? The Bulls starters like Noah and Butler play more minutes than Hibbert and George, and they don’t look fatigued.