Post-Game Grades: Heat Turn Pacers Over Like Hotcakes

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The Good – The First Quarter and the Bench

This game was all about the 16-0 Miami run over the first 4:33 of the second half. Miami upped the pressure, and The Five responded poorly, and the game was over just. like. that.

The Pacers started well, looking relatively sharp at both ends. Key reserves Luis Scola, C.J. Watson, and Ian Mahinmi provided the kind of play and production the Pacers need. This wasn’t the Atlanta game. This wasn’t the San Antonio game. This was a half of LeBron being awesome, and 5 minutes of the Miami defense exploding the Pacer offense.

The Bad – The first 4:33 of the Third Quarter

Won’t someone please think of the children?

MVP – LeBron James

…but, since I’m childish and never liked it when Stacy Paetz interviewed players from the opposing team after losses, I’m not going to say anything nice about the best player on the planet.

LVP – Roy Hibbert

Ordinarily, George Hill’s performance would win this in a walk, but it paled in comparison to Roy Hibbert’s towering pillar of nothing.

X Factor – Lack of Warm Maple Syrup to make things sticky

And taking care of the basketball is the next little thing they did a little better in the Miami game. “We won the turnover battle, which is key,” West said. “The games that we’ve lost to these guys in the past, they’ve been able to turn us over like hotcakes and get run outs.” – from Thinking Small, Playing Big written after Indiana’s March 26th win over the Heat.

Indiana Pacers 86 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Miami Heat
David West, PF 26 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -16

Efficient and effective in stretches, but rushed things during the pivotal third quarter collapse and silly fouls cost him playing time.

Paul George, SF 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -14

PG was the focal point of the Miami defensive attack tonight, and struggled to deal with it. Didn’t play poorly, but didn’t step up either.

Roy Hibbert, C 34 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -16

The embodiment of Thomas Paine’s “summer soldier and sunshine patriot.”

George Hill, PG 33 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -16

No shots. Unacceptable. Best shooter in the rotation. He cannot do this.

Lance Stephenson, SG 35 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -20

Feels like the ball has been taken out of his hands over last two months. In some ways, I think that’s positive, but overall, he’s just not been as effective.

Lavoy Allen, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3

Garbage time.

Luis Scola, PF 19 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +2

Don’t know that you can ask him to do much more than he did – with points and rebounds off the bench.

Evan Turner, SF 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +4

Brainless technical. At one point while watching Evan, I turned to my two dogs and said, “I miss Sam Young.”

Chris Copeland, SF 3 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +2

Garbage time

Ian Mahinmi, C 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1

For two months, while all around him has collapsed, he has been the backup center the Pacers had hoped he’d become. Shame it’s been wasted.

Donald Sloan, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3

Garbage Time

C.J. Watson, PG 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4

Like Scola and Mahinmi, CJ did his job.

Rasual Butler, SG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3

Garbage Time

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