Post-Game Grades: Terrible Pacers Smoked by Spurs

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The Good - The third quarter, when Indiana showed some semblance of being a decent basketball team while outscoring the Spurs 24-21. They hit 8-of-16 shots, and it could have been even better if they didn’t turn the ball over 6 times in the period.

The Bad - A 15-point first quarter. Some of it was David West missing makable shots (0-for-4 in the period), but you simply cannot start a game off shooting 5-for-17 against the best team in the NBA right now and expect to win.

MVP - Tony Parker. He is a marvel. I even liked George Hill’s defense at times.

LVP - Luis Scola and David West. A combined 9 points on 3-for-12 shooting. They need to make shots. Period.

X Factor - Gregg Popovich. He’s the best I’ve ever seen.

Agree/disagree? Yell at me on Twitter @8pts9secs

 

San Antonio Spurs 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
77 Indiana Pacers
David West, PF 29 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -12

Got hit the eye early and played like a blind man the rest of the game. Did rebound aggressively.

Paul George, SF 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -19

Make some tough shots. Would be nice if he didn’t have to, and he still doesn’t seem to understand that certain critical possessions must be valued more than others, but it wasn’t as bad as we’ve seen in some other games. Tried to attack the hoop, earned FTs.

Roy Hibbert, C 34 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -18

Struggled to get position at times, but made some shots after nice moves.

George Hill, PG 37 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -19

No assists, but good defense overall and wasn’t bad.

Lance Stephenson, SG 28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -12

Had an exuberant stretch in the 2nd quarter that gave the team some life. Played bad in the fourth by and large.

Luis Scola, PF 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -10

What would ya say ya do here?

Evan Turner, SF 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Got benched in the second half in favor of Rasual Butler.

Ian Mahinmi, C 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -4

Had a cool dunk.

Donald Sloan, PG 11 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7

Drove to the hoop for a layup. Missed the 5 other shots he took, which, ya know, don’t do that.

Rasual Butler, SG 22 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -9

Hit a sweet 3. Arguably Indiana’s best bench player these days.

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