Post-Game Grades: Pacers Embarrass Themselves, Lose Game 1 to Orlando, Surrender Home-Court Advantage, Add Pressure
No post-game report here. Just the grades for quicker turnaround. Will have something more in-depth later tonight on the mess that was the Pacers late-game performance in this 81-77 game-one loss to the Magic. Here is how each guy played individually tonight. Agree? Disagree? Express your thoughts below in the comments or yell at me (@8pts9secs) or Tim (@TimDonahue8p9s) on Twitter.
Probably the Pacers MVP but that’s not exactly saying a ton. Was effective late in the pick-and-pop game and OK playing bully ball early, but not as dominant as you would like. In part because he just missed some shots he should have made.
I mean, it has to be the worst game of his career if you account for context, right?. There is really no way you could do worse than miss 2 FTs, a layup and travel in the final 1:04 of a game your team had been winning. Yeesh.
Hard to criticize a guy that looked to have a triple-double with blocks locked up before the 3rd quarter was even over. Was a MONSTER in the defensive paint. But really need to get better post position and make the Magic “bigs” pay. Too few post moves. Too few times making Orlando feel tiny.
Was Jameer Nelson’s whipping boy and showed no semblance of knowing how to defend the pick-and-roll in the second quarter. His teammates, it should be noted, didn’t help. Greg Popovich is rolling in his grave. The Admiral is rolling in his grave. Someone from IUPUI is …
All out disaster in the 4th quarter. Passed up some shots he should have taken and missed 2 open 3-pointers that could have made the difference. Meanwhile, got beat on screens that freed Jason Richardson for 2 threes late when the Magic had seemingly no other ways to score. Just gross.
Not particularly helpful.
Did what he does for 9 mins. Was inches away from making a few 50/50 tip-ins. Could have easily had 6 and 4 in 9 mins with some friendlier rolls.
Can’t be mad at 7 and 7 in 19 mins. Did his job even if you want him getting to the line more if he’s going to miss this many FGs. Want him to punish Magic “bigs” with physicality more. Certainly not a part of the problem.
Revolting shooting line and an inexplicable pull-up jumper with 13 secs left and his team down 3. Makable shot, but get a layup or a 3. Still, he was spectacular defensively on Jameer late. Helped hold the Magic to 30 second-half points, which should have been enough to win. Perhaps the finest, most aggressive D I’ve seen him play as a Pacer.