Post Game Grades: Fun Times in Indiana Again

It wasn’t sadistic to watch the Pacers game tonight and that’s the first step to getting back into a winning form. It is an old sportswriting cliché but they played an unselfish game. Lance Stephenson hit the brakes on his one-man fastbreaks at times and set up the rest of the guys. Everybody looked like they were as ready to pass as they were to shoot and that put them over 100 points for the first time in a couple weeks.

The Good - Pacers scored 100+ points for the first time since March. 15 against… the Detroit Pistons (Ah, the circle of life).

The Bad - Struggled to beat the Pistons at home, but they won with over 100 points. Baby steps though.

MVP - Paul George. Healthy stat line, knocking down 40-footers. Keep fishin’ PG.

LVP - Kyle Singler and his kick to the nether regions of Evan Turner.

X Factor -  Lance Stephenson provided a nice bit of excitement when Indiana needed it and more importantly set up other players to score as well.

Detroit Pistons 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Indiana Pacers
David West, PF 33 MIN | 7-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +1I have no complaint’s. Knocking down shots and grabbed 8-of-13 possible rebounds. (Thanks SportsVu!)
Paul George, SF 38 MIN | 9-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 13 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 27 PTS | +9Dude made a 40 footer.
PG’s fishing trip apparently cleared his head as he made just under half his shots. Nine of those were contested but he still managed to hit 66.7 of those shots.
I may be over-grading tonight, but it was good so see these guys look like they were having fun and more importantly, winning.
Roy Hibbert, C 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -4Not a bad night for the big guy after he hit his head on the court in the first half. Only three rebounds but SportsVu said he only had eight rebounding chances so I’m not gonna be complaining.
George Hill, PG 39 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +15In double digits for the first time in over a week and hit some free throws late to ice the win.
Lance Stephenson, SG 34 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +10Numbers may look average but he gave Indiana a spark that they needed in the first half.
Luis Scola, PF 15 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +6Not too shabby, not to shabby at all.
Evan Turner, SF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1After taking a kick in the wedding tackle, showed some spunk. Yes, I used the word spunk.
Ian Mahinmi, C 19 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +11No Roy Hibbert? No Problem.
Filled in well when Roy was out of the game and made his shots while racking up three blocks in only 19 minutes.
Donald Sloan, PG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8He was in the game at one point.
Rasual Butler, SG 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -6Butler too.
Frank Vogel
It was the Pistons so let’s not go too crazy, but the team looked like a team tonight and not a bunch of whiney jerks. I hope Frank had something to do with that.

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  • Jack Wright

    Really glad Vogel finally told his players to shut their damn mouths. I think there’s possibly a way that this recent crazy rock-bottom shittiness could actually become beneficial. I don’t think we ever needed home-court to beat the Heat this year. I think we’re just better and the Heat are extremely vulnerable. I could be wrong, but that’s what I see. It would’ve been huge to get the overall #1 seed because I think we’d need it against the Thunder, but maybe that was never going to happen anyway. We weren’t going to keep up anywhere close to the early season pace through 82 games, or at least it appears that way now. So, saying the Heat get the #1 seed, I don’t mind the idea of going in as underdogs once again. It’s our time. Then we see who we got in the Finals. Bring on anyone but the Thunder. Or Spurs.

    Much better game though tonight despite the Pistons keeping it close.

    • Realist

      Agreed re Heat/Thunder/Spurs.

      Just as long as we don’t totally stink it up in the first two rounds, we might be ok.

  • Special K

    When does 49% shooting almost equal 36% shooting? When you let the other team take 13 more shots than you, thanks to turnovers and a giant offensive rebounding edge. Hibbert may have only had 8 rebounding opportunities, but he has been less than useless on that front. This has happened in a number of recent wins. They’ve beat their opponents by a significant margin in shooting percentage but still end up gutting out the last minutes of the game. Fortunately that happens to be Miami’s biggest weakness, so it would not hurt the Pacers too much there, but that’s going to be a problem when trying to get to the conference finals. I don’t understand how such a big team gets beat so badly at the glass.

    • Ian

      I don’t know if its worth getting upset at the Pistons for this, they had 19 more missed shots than the Pacers resulting in a lot of extra offensive rebounding opportunities. The Pistons are even bigger than the Pacers and Drummond is a monster. You live with them getting some offensive boards as long as they shoot that awful.

      Losing the offensive rebounding battle against the Spurs was embarrassing considering the high percentage the Spurs shot. But then again everything about the Spurs game was embarrassing.

  • Ian

    It says something about the state of the Pacers that we celebrate them winning a close game at home against a team in total free fall. Thank goodness the final score was 101-94 rather than like 82-78. That at least gives us some reason to hope that the Pacers might dig their way out of their offensive funk.

    Great to see PG affect the game in so many ways. One thing I haven’t liked this season was his rebound numbers dropping compared to last year where he was just a beast. I think he fell too in love with his offense and forgot about the things that make him so special.

    Pacers have a really tough test on the road against Toronto on Friday. If they manage a win there then I’ll believe they are back on the right track and not just a random blip.