Post-Game Grades: Pacers Edge Lakers on Hill’s Heroics
Super late handing out the praises and demerits today, so if you want a run down of what happened, check this post on George’s game-winning shot, this hard-hitting analysis of Joey Crawford being ridiculous or the Indy Cornrows/Mike Wells game recaps.
|David West - 36 MIN | 7-15 FG | 10 REB | 8 AST | 16 PTS
He actually was pretty terrible production-wise in the second half (1-for-5 FGs, 2 missed FTs, 4 TOs) but still found a way to contribute (4 dimes, 7 boards). But he was the only thing Indiana had going early. He set the tone and was the one guy stayed aggressive (in a good way) on a night when nobody had anything going.
|Paul George - 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 9 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS
Leaked out for some easy points in a game where few came that way and generally played some good defense on Kobe, despite Mamba’s 40 points. Still had some poor moments with the ball and missed too many shots, but not a bad effort.
|Roy Hibbert - 18 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS
He was a non-factor for the most part on the offensive end and the glass, but that was mostly due to limited time and foul trouble. But he was a monster on the defensive end was the aggressor every time a Laker came near the rim, forcing them to change their shots or get something sent back. It was especially impressive that he was so willing to protect the hoop even with 4 fouls, making Pau look like the softie people so often claim he is.
|George Hill - 7-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS
He was bad early and great late. That’ll get you a game ball. Helluva layup.
|Lance Stephenson - 29 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4 REB | 4 PTS
Over-dribbled too often. It’s almost as if he watched the animated GIF of him embarrassing Tony Parker a few too many times and was trying to recreate the moment.
|Tyler Hansbrough - 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 PTS
Not particularly helpful, held the ball and sorta got in the way. Still getting to the line at least.
|Sam Young - 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS
|Gerald Green - 16 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 PTS
Two train wrecks. You wonder what’s going through his head at times.
|Ian Mahinmi - 30 MIN | 2-5 FG | 7-10 FT | 6 REB | 11 PTS
His best game as a Pacer. The FTs alone show how active he was, but he also filled in admirably on the other end for Hibbert, who spent a lot of time on the bench in foul trouble. This is the guy who Kevin Pritchard and Donnie Walsh must have coveted so greatly this summer.
|D.J. Augustin - 12 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 AST | 3 PTS
Mediocre outing with too many missed shots mixed in.