Post-Game Grades: Indiana Pacers Grind Down Memphis Grizzlies

Post-Game Grades Indiana Pacers
Post-Game Grades Indiana Pacers /

211. 102. 100. Final. 92

The Indiana Pacers came out of the All-Star Break and took out their frustrations on the Memphis Grizzles.

The Good: For all the worries of standing pat and not making a trade, for all the stress of working if Paul George was gone, the Indiana Pacers reminded us that they are a pretty good team. Thaddeus Young came back from his sprained wrist and Indiana looked like the team that won seven games in a row, not the one that lost six straight.

Everything went their way against the Memphis Grizzlies. They were on fire early and kept knocking down shots. When you shoot 51.3% from the floor and 42.1% from beyond the arc, you’re going to have a good time.

The Bad: Paul George looked hurt at the end of the game, but it was cramps. Probably partied a little during All-Star Weekend and didn’t hydrate. Still played great. Indiana didn’t need him to put them on his back. Great effort, just didn’t need to score 40.

MVP: Monta Ellis had it all with 17 points and looks more like the Monta we know and love.

But really no one really took over and that’s fine because the Pacers held a 20-point lead at times and never looked like they were going to lose it.

X-Factor: Getting your crap together. This was the team that had one of the best offense in January, the one that could challenge almost any team in the NBA. It helped having Thaddeus Young back as well.

For at least one night, we can stop talking about what the Pacers didn’t do at the trade deadline.

B. Finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Wasn’t passive, just let his teammates work. Left the game with a knee issue or cramps, but it wasn’t clear.. Small Forward. Indiana Pacers. PAUL GEORGE

Point Guard. Indiana Pacers. JEFF TEAGUE. B. Struggled shooting (2 of 8), but 5 of 5 on free throws as he had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

Center. Indiana Pacers. MYLES TURNER. B+. Two Blocks, six rebounds, and 12 points, but more importantly kept the Grizzlies from driving the lane for easy points.

Indiana Pacers. THADDEUS YOUNG. B. Welcomed himself back with 10 points and 5 rebounds.. Power Forward

Indiana got him the ball when he was open and C.J. Miles delivered. Knocked down 6 of 10 from the field and 5 of 9 from deep while grabbing four rebounds. Also had two blocks and two steals.. Shooting Guard. Indiana Pacers. C.J. MILES. A

B. 2 of 4 shooting, good for five points to go with his three rebounds.. Small Forward. Indiana Pacers. GLENN ROBINSON III

MONTA ELLIS. A. Had it all tonight with 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting.. Shooting Guard. Indiana Pacers

B. Aggressive as he had 9 points, mostly thanks to going 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Was only 2 of 7 from the floor, but played the right was even when his shots weren’t falling.. Point Guard. Indiana Pacers. RODNEY STUCKEY

A. A double-double coming off the bench, and had it before the fourth quarter started.. Power Forward. Indiana Pacers. LAVOY ALLEN

B. In his first real NBA game, he brought energy and rebounds early on. Finished with four points and four rebounds, but was a spark that helped the bench create space in the first half.. PF. Indiana Pacers. RAKEEM CHRISTMAS