Post-Game Grades: Magic Destroy Pacers
Not really worth rehashing a game where a team that is supposed to be good played with that little intensity and executed that poorly. Here were my thoughts on the game that I shared over on ESPN’s Daily Dime. The last one is the most pertinent for Pacers fans.
MVP: Dwight Howard. 30 points, 13 boards, 5 dimes, 4 steals — and he didn’t even play the final six minutes. He was unguardable in the screen-roll and allowed the shooters to spread and snipe from behind the arc.
Defining moment: Dwight made a nifty outlet to Earl Clark, who pushed it ahead by two Pacers playing matador defense to convert a one-on-two break with a finger roll. That type of intensity and execution from Indiana.
That was … one-sided: Don’t be fooled by the final margin of only 13 points. This game was played in Blow-Out City before taking a detour down Garbage Time Way. It was closer to a 30-point blowout throughout
|David West, PF 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS
Miserable. Forgot he was on the team for large parts of this game.
|Danny Granger, 30 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS
Played well and was relatively efficient even without hitting a three.
|Roy Hibbert, C 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS
I really don’t remember him making five shots but that’s what the boxscore says. Nice rebounding though. Dwight destroyed his soul, too, it’s probably worth noting.
|Darren Collison, PG 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS
The defense was a larger problem than the offense but it’s not exactly like Darren was running some well-oiled ship out there. Didn’t stop anyone and was getting laughed at by Orlando color guy Matt Goukas at one point for walking it up the court.
|Paul George, SG 33 MIN | 10-17 FG | 8 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS
The one fairly bright spot. Offensively at least. Sorta got roasted by JJ Redick. Had as many boards as Hibbert, West and Hansbrough combined until Tyler grabbed one extra one in garbage time, aka, the 4th quarter.
|Dahntay Jones, SG 18 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 10 PTS
Presume all these stats came well after the game was over.
|Louis Amundson, C 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 PTS
|A.J. Price, G 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS
|Tyler Hansbrough, 32 MIN | 6-11 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 19 PTS
|Jeff Pendergraph, F 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS
|Lance Stephenson, 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS