Post-Game Grades: Indiana Out-classes Cleveland
They say you can’t win ‘em all. Playing like the Pacers did in the third quarter, however, you might be able to. The team was simply hitting on all cylinders, as Lance Stephenson turned into Oscar Robertson and Paul George got his hands on every loose ball.
The whole game, though rife with some flaws, was what you want to see out of this team. All the starters, plus even one bench guy, in double figures, but nobody with more than 20 points. Roy Hibbert was all over the rim. Lance got there at will. In all, 52 of the team’s 99 points came in the paint.
Imagine if the Georges had shot well and anyone hit their free throws?
Yup. Everything is starting to come together.
|David West, PF 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-5 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +17Double-double on 50% from the floor. How ’bout make a free throw though.|
|Paul George, SF 35 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +20It’s pretty amazing that we have gotten to the point that a really bad game for Paul still has him flirting with a 4×5. Did most of his damage—and was flying around the court—in the third quarter, as he and Lance blitzed the Cavs into near submission.|
|Roy Hibbert, C 24 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +12That right there is what, as they say, we are taling about. Son. Get big. Chin ups on that rim.|
|George Hill, PG 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | +17Felt like he didn’t have the ball in his hands as much as normal, which may just be a by-product of Lance doing so much in the second half. Still filled up the stat sheet just the same.|
|Lance Stephenson, SG 32 MIN | 7-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 16 PTS | +12The best career game for Lance? It has to be right? Never before has he looked so in tune with the game, never zagging when he should be zigging. Instead, he just delivered pretty pass after pretty pass or just blew by everyone to get a layup. Some exquisite stuff.|
|Tyler Hansbrough, PF 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -1Active. Boarding. Free throws. Tyler.|
|Sam Young, SF 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -10Played fine defense by and large and, dare I say, his shot even looked good on that three.|
|Gerald Green, SF 16 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -2If this guy keeps playing like this the Pacers’ bench may turn from a train wreck into an asset.|
|Ian Mahinmi, C 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +4Typical.|
|Ben Hansbrough, PG 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -7Sure.|