Post-Game Grades: Short Handed Indiana Pacers Fall to Phoenix Suns

IndianaPacers

96

PhoenixSuns

116

The Indiana Pacers suffered an ugly loss at home to the Phoenix Suns during the first Hickory game of the season.

The Good: The Pacers got some good work from Myles Turner and were able to get rookie Georges Niang some good run. It’s always good getting that experience early on so you can contribute more in the future. The Pacers made a nice run in the third quarter, but they couldn’t sustain that effort.

The Bad: After two excellent defensive outings, the Pacers allowed 116 points and got out rebounded by 11. They really missed Paul George and it wasn’t good at all to see C.J. Miles go down with a knee injury that kept him out for the rest of the game.

MVP: Jared Dudley. He’s been playing great since moving to Phoenix’s bench. He tallied 16 points on 6-10 shooting and 2-4 shooting from deep. He added 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Also recorded a game-high +25 plus-minus. Was a nightmare cover for the Pacers tonight.

LVP: Monta Ellis. Ellis really struggled with his shot tonight, making just 2 of his 10 attempts. Only scored 9 points in 33 minutes. He, like most of the Pacers’ team, didn’t communicate on the defensive end and it cost them.

X-Factor: Alan Williams. Williams killed the Pacers on the glass and he kept so many possessions alive for the Suns. He got under everybody’s skin. Williams finished the game with a huge 15 points and 15 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action.

Monta Ellis

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

C-

Struggled with his shot tonight, hitting just 2 of his 10 field goals. Got to the line 5 times and made all 5 of his free throws. Finished with just 9 points and 4 assists in 33 minutes of action.

Jeff Teague

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

B-

Teague provided the Pacers with a lot of offense, but he couldn’t keep his man in front of him at all tonight. That led to open looks for Phoenix. His 6 turnovers were also a major problem for the Pacers. He had another efficient offensive game, though. Finished with 21 points on 6-10 shooting with 7 assists.

Myles Turner

Center, Indiana Pacers

B+

He needs more shots. Myles shot 9-13 from the field, totaling a team high 22 points. He got beat up on the glass a bit and missed three free throws, though. Added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Thaddeus Young

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

C

Struggled containing the Suns on the offensive glass. He knocked down another three-pointer tonight, but only finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes.

Rodney Stuckey

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

D

Made some attacking plays, but showed clear signs of rust coming back from an 11 game absence due to a strained hamstring. Finished the game with 4 turnovers and 2 points in 13 minutes.

C.J. Miles

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

D

Played 9 minutes before going down with a knee injury that would put him out for the rest of the game. He missed both of his field goal attempts, going scoreless.

Al Jefferson

Center, Indiana Pacers

D

Brought offense tonight, but once again lost his rotational minutes in the second half due to his lack of defense. He finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds in 5 minutes.

Lavoy Allen

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

C-

Played 12 minutes, finishing with 4 points and 4 rebounds. Typical Lavoy Allen game, minus the negative plus-minus he posted tonight (-15).

Aaron Brooks

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

D+

Played 10 minutes off the bench. He struggled defensively and couldn’t really find a rhythm tonight. Finished with 4 points (2-6 shooting) and 3 rebounds.

Georges Niang

Guard-Forward, Indiana Pacers

C

Played his first meaningful minutes of the season due to injuries sustained by the Pacers and lack of effort in the first half. Totaled 16 minutes. His stat sheet didn’t show it, but he made some positive plays out there. Made some rookie plays, too. Finished with 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

Glenn Robinson III

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

C+

Started the second half with C.J. Miles and Paul George injured. He brought a lot of energy and finished with a solid 9 points (4-6) shooting and 3 rebounds in 25 minutes. He also made some awesome highlight plays, including a block off the backboard and a huge alley-oop dunk.

Kevin Seraphin

Center, Indiana Pacers

C

Took Al Jefferson’s minutes in the second half once again. Made some nice plays out there, but his effort alone couldn’t help bring the Pacers back. He finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds in 11 minutes.

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