Post-Game Grades: Indiana Pacers Pick Up Win Over LeBron-Less Cleveland Cavaliers





No LeBron James or J.R. Smith, but the Indiana Pacers put together a solid game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and picked up the win.

The Good: While LeBron James took the night off — as well as J.R. Smith — the Cleveland Cavaliers are a deep team that still had Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving on the floor. With that in mind, picking up a win against the Cavaliers in these circumstances is still impressive. It doesn’t have the luster of a full-squad win, but considering the Indiana Pacers’ struggles this season, getting the win tonight was important.

The defense showed up for a second straight game, holding Cleveland to 40.7% shooting from the field and 36.7% from deep.

Perhaps it isn’t foolish to be optimistic about this team.

The Bad: If you bought tickets hoping to see LeBron James, you probably weren’t happy that LBJ sat out.

MVP: He didn’t have to contain LeBron James tonight but that allowed him to put his energies elsewhere. The Pacers were always maintaining and building a lead with him on the floor and for what it is worth, he finished the night with a +/- of +24.

Surprisingly, this was his first double-double performance of the season as he ended the night with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. PG had two near-misses with 9 rebounds earlier this season and he’s averaging 21 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.

X-Factor: Jeff Teague’s 20 points and 8 assists kept the Pacers humming along smoothly. Teague shot 7 of 12 from the floor and 2 of 4 from 3-point range while keeping his assists down to only two. After a slow start to the season, Teague is looking like the player Indiana hoped they traded for when they send George Hill packing this offseason.

Paul George

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers


Grabs his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Jeff Teague

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers


Over the past five games, Jeff Teague is averaging 18.8 points and 6 assists His shooting is much improved from the beginning of the season as he’s shooting 48.4% from the field over the last five games, as well as 33.3% from beyond the arc.

Myles Turner

Center, Indiana Pacers


A solid showing from Turner with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. He’s only 20 but he has gotten verticality down so far and is swatting 2.4 shots a game this season.

Thaddeus Young

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers


A little bit of a bounce-back game for Thaddeus Young after some mediocre nights. 16 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 7 of 14 from the field, including 1 of 1 from 3-point range.

Monta Ellis

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers


Monta Ellis had 5 blocks (?!) while also picking up 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. A well-rounded (if unexpected) stat line.

C.J. Miles

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers


A little below-average for C.J. Miles’ standards this season as he had 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including 2 of 5 from deep. He’s averaging 14.4 points a game this season, so we can accept a little drop off for Miles.

Aaron Brooks

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers


Aaron Brooks had 9 points and 2 assists, but also deserves credit for making a few tough shots when the Cavaliers were fighting to get back in the game. He shot 4 of 7 on the night and was 1 of 4 from deep.

Al Jefferson

Center, Indiana Pacers


None of the backup bigs played much, and Big Al only had 2 points and a rebound to show for his 7 minutes of work.

Lavoy Allen

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers


Lavoy Allen had the team’s fourth best +/- at +7, a reminder that while he only had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist in his 9 minutes of work, he usually makes a positive impact.

Kevin Seraphin

Center, Indiana Pacers


Kevin Seraphin only played 8 minutes after his productive outing last time out, but managed to get 4 points off 2 of 3 shooting, and one monster block of Jordan McCrae. The only knock is the defense struggled while he was out there, for what that’s worth.

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