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

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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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