The Indaina Pacers Were Bad, then Good, then Bad, but Still Beat the LA Clippers

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The Indiana Pacers fend off a late comeback from the Los Angeles Clippers as they seal their second road win of the season, putting their record at 10-10.

The Good: Paul George and C.J. Miles are back and playing well. The Indiana Pacers were able to beat one of the best teams in the league, again, for their first season sweep of the year. The team is back at .500. They fell behind by a ton early and didn’t just sit on their behinds.

The Bad: Slow starts shouldn’t happen to such a degree, even with a rusty Paul George, and there’s no reason the Clippers should’ve had any life late in the 4th. Hack-a-DeAndre isn’t fun to watch.

MVP: Paul George. He came back strong and despite not having an amazing night shooting, he found multiple ways to stay involved, including some flashy passes. It’s great to see him back.

LVP: For the Pacers? Myles Turner. He just wasn’t with it tonight. He got plenty of opportunities- open ones- yet couldn’t find the bottom of the net. He also got heavily outrebounded by Jordan.

X-Factor: Rodney Stuckey. His second quarter led the bench as the Pacers came back from down 15 early on in the game. 16-3-3 off the bench? The Pacers will take that all day.

Paul George

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

B+

Happy to see him back. Wasn’t the best shooter, but found other ways to stay involved. Made some passes worthy of a highlight reel. Made a huge 3-point bucket late in the game to keep the Clippers at bay.

Monta Ellis

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

B

Performed well tonight. Seemed to make an impact wherever he could at all times, and put up decent numbers for the team. No turnovers either, which is always nice.

Jeff Teague

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

B

Same as Ellis. Was just all game, did his job, put up decent numbers, and had no turnovers.

Myles Turner

Center, Indiana Pacers

C-

Probably should be a little lower here, but I’m going to give him a little extra credit for not doing anything to blow the game in the final two minutes. Only had 3 rebounds while Jordan and Griffin had a combined 31. He’s not taking enough time during his shooting motion- he needs to be patient.

Thaddeus Young

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

B+

Did some heavy lifting for the team tonight. Led the team in scoring and rebounds.

Rodney Stuckey

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

A

Great job tonight by Stuckey. Led the bench unit in the second quarter and made it a game again in large part due to his scoring.

C.J. Miles

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

B+

Was great to see Miles back along with PG. A solid 12 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes- along with a game high +18 in plus/minus.

Al Jefferson

Center, Indiana Pacers

C+

Didn’t do too much, as per usual, but made some nice post moves on a few occasions during the game. Somehow outrebounded Turner, too.

Lavoy Allen

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

C

He was out there tonight? Oh.

Aaron Brooks

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

C

Didn’t see much of this guy either. He did draw a clutch foul on a three-point shot with no time left in the first quarter though.

Glenn Robinson III

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

D

Went M.I.A in his 14 minutes with PG and Miles back. Not a good sign if he can’t contribute on the bench.

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