Post-Game Grades: Indiana Pacers Rally For Win over Portland Trail Blazers

IndianaPacers

118

PortlandTrail Blazers

111

The Indiana Pacers fight back from 20-points down to pick up a win against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Good: The Pacers fought back in the second half and somehow, someway, erased a 20-point deficit with a big defensive push late in the game. In the first half, Indiana’s defense was non-existent, but it showed up again and again as the offense kept making their shots.

In the end, forcing a 5-second violation from the Portland Trail Blazers capped off the win and epitomized the effort Indiana brought in the second half.

After an unacceptable loss to the Mavericks, the Pacers have something to be proud of, at least in the second half.

Paul George was the MVP — more on that later — but the defense came together as a whole to finish the night.  It helps when you face the NBA’s second-worst defense, but showing some fight in a game they looked out of is worthy of praise.

Just don’t spot your opponent 20 points next time, OK?

The Bad: The first quarter saw some of the worst defense of the season by the Pacers, allowing 41 points. Portland was shooting 15 of 24 (62.5%), 7 of 11 (63.6%) from 3-point range. They ended up allowing 71 points in the first half.

For comparison of how bad the Pacers defense is this season, they have allowed 70+ points in the first half four times this season. That’s only happened 41 times in Pacers’ history before this season.

MVP: Paul George made play after play — on  both sides of the ball — to deliver a win for Pacers in the second half. He closed out the game with several big shots, reminding us of the value of having one of the NBA’s best players when you need to close out.

LVP: The team’s first half effort.

X-Factor: Thaddeus Young made 6 3-pointers tonight, which was only one away from his season total from last year with the Brooklyn Nets.

Paul George

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

A

Monta Ellis

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

INC

Great first half, 10 points and 5 rebounds, but then left with a hamstring injury.

Jeff Teague

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

C

Led the team with 6 assists while scoring 9 points.

Myles Turner

Center, Indiana Pacers

B-

Big blocks late, and 3 in total. 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Thaddeus Young

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

A-

Made it rain from 3-point range with 6 of 8.

Rodney Stuckey

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

B

Biggest play was forcing the Trail Blazers into a 5-second violation late in the fourth, helping close the door on Portland.

C.J. Miles

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

C-

No points, two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal, but broke even on +/- with a nice round 0.

Al Jefferson

Center, Indiana Pacers

B+

10 points and 8 rebounds coming off the bench and helped the Pacers stop the bleeding in the second half.

Aaron Brooks

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

B-

Only 1 of 6 shooting, but like Jefferson, helped turn things around in the second half before the starters closed it out.

Glenn Robinson III

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

B

A perfect 2 of 2 from the field (1 of 1 from 3-point range), which was good for 5 points. Looked solid in his 14 minutes, but didn’t see the court much as the Pacers fought back in the second half.

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