Post-Game Grades: Pacers Like Fishing Too Much to Consider Extending Their Season Much Longer


The Good: They managed to play a lethargic, sloppy, ugly first half and only trail by 5 after the two quarters. It was one of those halves where the box score didn’t seem to match what was on the court, but after a rough defensive start of losing shooters all over, they themselves stayed in it by shooting 51.4% in the half and only committing 1 turnover in the second quarter. I’m not really sure how it all happened, but it’s like that time I guessed C for every question on my SATs and still got into college.

The Bad: The general aura of a team that didn’t seem to much realize this was a borderline elimination game. After that, the whole third quarter, when what started out as the Heat playfully burying the Pacers in the sand turned into LeBron dumping honey on their heads and walking away all like, “Enjoy those fire ants all summer.”

MVP: LeBron James. He had so many highlight plays tonight — dunks, fadeaways — that all the small stuff will get overlooked. But never forget: He’s the best at all that, too.

LVP: Lance Stephenson. You just got inside your agent’s head, too, man. May have cost yourself, say, $5 million this evening. Maybe more and this isn’t even a joke.

X-Factor: I’ll say the refs just to toss you delusional Pacers fans a bone. Indiana didn’t shoot a free throw until about 3 minutes left in the first half, and Lance’s foul trouble was the product of at least one soft call. You know that had almost nothing to do with this outcome though, right? Please tell me you do. Or, if you don’t, can you please at least tell me you don’t vote?

Indiana Pacers 90 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Miami Heat
David West, PF 37 MIN | 9-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -4

You weren’t so bad.

Paul George, SF 43 MIN | 8-16 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 23 PTS | -11

You weren’t so bad.

Roy Hibbert, C 22 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -23

My man.

George Hill, PG 44 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -10

Not ideal.

Lance Stephenson, SG 32 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -14

Never change.

Luis Scola, PF 14 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -10

Nice little game. But why did you decide to stay on the bench so much? Weird decision from a veteran.

Chris Copeland, SF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +11

We barely knew ye.

Ian Mahinmi, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +3

Yawning at your performance. #nailedit

C.J. Watson, PG 20 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -1

Cool.

Rasual Butler, SG 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -1

Indeed.

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  • Ian

    The refs really were horrible, but the Pacers played too badly for that to be the deciding factor. I don’t entirely agree with your grades. Roy was horrible because they couldn’t figure out how to bring the ball up and get into the offense. It’s hard too to blame Lance for his foul trouble. The biggest F goes to Vogel, who 1) should have benched Mahinmi after let Bosh behind him for that full court pass/layup, and 2) waited too long to figure out that Lance and PG needed to be bringing the ball up because Hill and Watson were getting swallowed by Maimi’s press and 3) bizarrely sat Scola when he was playing his best, and didn’t bring Copeland in until it was decided (I think Copeland might finish the playoffs with the highest +/- on the team).

    I won’t be watching game 5. If it makes it to game 6, I’ll probably watch, since there will be no expectations.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      I’ll just point out that Scola had a double digit negative in +/- in a game they lost by 12. Maybe not his fault and maybe that looks better if he plays in some more favorable lineups. My point is just that people like to look at the on ball stuff and determine that someone is having a positive impact, but a lot of the time lackluster off ball play goes unnoticed.

      • Ian

        Mahinmi was +3, do you think he had a good game?

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          The point is that scola’s play wasnt translating to team success.

    • llcoolray3000

      Copeland is the new human victory cigar……. for the other team. So glad we signed him. Apparently his benchwarming skills are epic. Why else would Vogel leave him there?

      • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

        Who does he guard?

        • llcoolray3000

          Who were the Pacers guarding tonight?

        • Ian

          Rashard Lewis? Battier? Even Bosh.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Lewis and battier would sit so miami could go even smaller. No easy assignment.

          • Syreeta McNeal

            Excellent point and that is what any person is saying.

  • llcoolray3000

    Poor play. Poor coaching. Poor officiating. Teamwork and effort by the opponents. Overcoming two of those would be tough, but with a buffet of all four, the Pacers never had a chance.

  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    JVG does WAAAAY too much harping on the officiating, especially when he coached long enough to understand why calls get missed.

  • Special K

    The Pacers found all the same old ways to lose this series. Stupid defensive breakdowns in key moments, poor shot selection, no ball movement, minimal production from the bench, frequently out hustled, no adaptability whatsoever, complete lack of mental toughness. Nothing has changed in a year. Maybe two.

    If anything, Roy has regressed, and Lance still bows out in big games. The team as a whole has less mental toughness than last year. That’s Vogel’s fault. Either that or the core just isn’t good enough. It’s one or the other. It wasn’t bad luck or bad breaks, the Pacers lost this series (yes, it’s over) because they’ve continued to play like the Pacers. This team can’t dig itself out of double digit deficits (without the other team completely collapsing) and can’t hold double digit leads against good teams. You just can’t allow yourself to lose three straight games in any playoff series and call yourself a contender in any sense.

    Hibbert isn’t young enough that you can continue to bet your future on him finally getting it together and realizing that he’s not 195 pounds. George and Stephenson obviously are young enough that they can and will still improve. Hill has hit his ceiling and West is only going to get older. SOMETHING needs to change with this team. They can’t just sit back and hope that continuing to be the Pacers is going to eventually get them over the hump. They tried that, and it’s not working.

    • Syreeta McNeal

      First get rid of Vogel. He is a poor man’s Mike Brown. Brian Shaw was more integral to the Pacers than Vogel because at least he had the Pacers run the triangle with Hibbert getting touches in the post. For the life of me, I don’t understand why on all their offensive sets, Hibbert and West are doing pick and rolls at the 3 point line each time. I don’t get it. Heat can’t handle their bigs down low pounding the basketball. Why in the past 2 1/2 games the offense has went away from that? Coaching plain and simple. Vogel is not a championship type of coach. He needs to go. I would bring in Mark Jackson (former Pacer) he would at least get these guy to play with purpose and hold them accountable.

  • Syreeta McNeal

    For any Pacer fan (or just pure basketball fans),the play by the Pacers has been utterly embarrassing. Hibbert scoring Zero points 4 times in the playoffs. The confusion of Paul George to do 3-5 turnovers in the 3rd quarter when at half you were only down by 5 points especially if this guy is suppose to be the star is unexcusable. I don’t know if West knows he has the size to go down to the block and post up Lewis. What in the world are the Pacers doing running pick and rolls at the 3 point line with Hibbert, West, Scola? I just don’t get it. Heat are a great team, but just playing FUNDAMENTAL BASKETBALL will have the games be competitive. I have always said this is about coaching. Vogel is in over his head and has gotten exposed as an inferior (non-championship coach). Time for a change. He needs to be an assistant like Mike Brown should be for defense purposes.