Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) loses control of the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) and guard Dion Waiters (3) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Stink Up Quicken Loans Arena


The Good – Defense was good and the three-point shot was decent. Some nice drive-and-kick action in the first half leading to open shots. Nothing more.

The Bad – Flying to Cleveland to play basketball.

MVP – Don’t do this to me. Dion Waiters, Matt Dellavedova and Jarrett Jack combined for 41 points and 16 assists.

LVP – Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi. Both were useless. 9 fouls and 5 turnovers combined.

X Factor – Not available.

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Indiana Pacers 76 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Cleveland Cavaliers
David West, PF 35 MIN | 6-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -9Made Matt Dellavedova crash like a Jenga set. West carried the workload in the third quarter and went to work in the post. Didn’t make a shot outside the restricted area.
Paul George, SF 38 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8Since January 1st, Paul George is shooting 39% from the field. George is playing like the true #24. Defense was really good.
Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +3The Pacers should deactivate Hibbert until the playoffs.
George Hill, PG 36 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -10Did normal Hill things. Steady on defense and nice creating but 9 points is about what you expect from him.
Lance Stephenson, SG 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -7What happened to the bench units with Lance as main creator? Those were fun. Cares about keeping up his rebounding average.
Lavoy Allen, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0Garbage time.
Luis Scola, PF 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -3Some nice creating in the second quarter to salvage points but did nothing to move the needle.
Evan Turner, SF 10 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -8Dellavedova drove right past him for layup. So did others.
Chris Copeland, SF 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -8Hit a three finally. Not sure what his role is going forward.
Solomon Hill, SF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0Garbage time.
Ian Mahinmi, C 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -17Useless.
Donald Sloan, PG 15 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -3Definitely not used to playing extended minutes.
Rasual Butler, SG 1 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0Garbage time.
Frank Vogel
Bench unit suggestion: Play Lance without Evan Turner to start the second quarter. Surround him with Butler, Copeland, Sloan and Scola.

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  • Jaret Binford

    I’d rather watch paint dry. This was a painful game. We couldn’t score 100 points in a 5 on 3 game where the opponent gets no subs. This team is broken and something needs to be done to spiritually resurrect Pacer’s basketball, otherwise we are in for a first round exit.

  • ConRich

    I hate to say it, but our offense needs a total makeover. It looks like we go through sets with only a primary option. So, when the next sequence of that action’s cut off, whoever has the ball either throws up a contested shot or (in Hibbert’s case especially) awkwardly pivots in the post until they can force the ball to someone else. More often than not, it leads to turnovers. Doesn’t help that we haven’t been hitting our open looks, but I’d expect that to correct itself somewhat.

  • Realist

    Maybe concede the 1-seed and rest the entire starting five for 8 straight games? I dunno. I’m open to anything, we suck. I’ll take rested and rusty over whatever the hell we are at the moment. We’re not exactly playing our way back into form.

  • Joe Betz

    After the first half, I can’t lie: I just walked down the street to shoot hoops at a random church with an outdoor goal. I didn’t want to watch the Pacers get to ~5 in the third only to give up a run and be consistently down 8-13. When I came back home, I felt like the most depressed Nostradamus. Silver lining: The Pacers are tied with the Heat in the loss column and have another reason to play again…

    • Realist

      Hmm, Heat have five straight homes games against TOR, MIL, MIN, NYK and BKN. Not a cakewalk but certainly not that tough.

      We still have to play SAS on a segababa as well as OKC and @MIA. Even if we win @MIA it’s probably too late for the 1-seed.

      If there is a switch that can be flicked, now would be a good time to do it.

      Otherwise, maybe PG can get back to knocking up strippers and being cat-fished by dudes sooner than we thought.

  • Ian

    Is it possible for an entire team to go into a protracted shooting slump? Thats what it feels like. You know you are a Pacers fan when you watch a team hit like 3 shots in a row, maybe one tough one and think ‘man, they are getting lucky’ because you are so used to watching the Pacers clank shot after shot after shot.

    I mean, seriously, its normal for NBA players to hit shots. Over the last couple of weeks the Pacers are shooting worse as a TEAM than many of the worst individual shooters in the NBA. Think about that. It’s like a baseball team hitting under .200 for a 20 game stretch.

    As bad as the Pacers offense looks, it always looked not very good. If the Pacers had shot the same percentage on contested and uncontested looks as the Cavs, they would have won the game, same for against Washington. The frustration has gotten to them so much that they are having uncharacteristic defensive lapses occasionally in games which makes the final scorelines worse.

    I’d really be curious what the Pacers statistics on uncontested shots are now verses their opponents. Is there any way to get that?