Post-Game Grades: Pacers Outlast Dubs
Indiana won tonight. And that was impressive considering Monta Ellis and Steph Curry put on a circus show of shot-making in the final minutes. The Pacers by no means dominated this game but they played well enough to win even despite the crazy buckets by those Warriors guards. Danny Granger was great early with 12 points in the first quarter and he hit a few huge shots in crunch time as well. George Hill hit two HUGER threes in the fourth and came up with an EVEN HUGER “steal” on the final possession of the game, kicking away a Monta dribble and taking it coast to coast for the layup and-one. Golden State had one last shot to tie it up after Hill put Indy up three but his good look turned into a near-airballl and the Pacers left with the W.
Here is how each guy played individually tonight.
|David West - 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS
Beastly game for West. Perhaps his best statistical outing as a Pacer. Some mistakes late: a horrible jumper, for example. But he was making shots and that’s what they need for him.
|Danny Granger - 32 MIN | 10-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 AST | 26 PTS
Great first quarter and sticking BIG shots late. That’s what you want out of the guy you expect your best offensive player.
|Roy Hibbert - 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 16 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS
You still want him to get the ball more. And that’s not on him. But he did everything you would want him to do. 16 boards? Even against a small team, that’s BEAST MODE.
|Darren Collison - 39 MIN | 1-12 FG | 4 REB | 9 AST | 6 PTS
The FG% says a lot but what was really troubling is that he allowed the G-State confusion to dominate the tempo of the game. Notably played excellent D on Steph Curry while Dell’s son was hitting circus shots.
|Paul George - 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS
Played OK and defended well but wasn’t involved when it mattered because of George hill.
|Dahntay Jones - 16 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS
Stuck a really nice three and made a crazy euro-step finish in transition that makes you wonder why he can’t be a better offensive player given his athletic gifts.
|Louis Amundson - 5 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS
|George Hill - 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS
The best Pacer in the 4th quarter even if his steal was illegal. Stuck two big threes and stopped Monta when no one could. An incredible final period.
|Tyler Hansbrough - 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS
Again, oddly didn’t affect the game much for a guy who usually does exactly that with effort alone even if he isn’t making shots.
|Lance Stephenson - 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 PTS