A quick follow up to yesterday’s post. Taking a look at what the Pacers did in their first game without injured superstar Danny Granger. And no, I will not be doing this for every Pacers game.
Troy Murphy (PF/C): Scored 10 points, nailed a couple of 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. Still working his way back from a back injury so he’s slowly rounding into his usual form.
T.J. Ford (PG): It’s sad to say that eight points, six rebounds and five assists was his best game in a while. Still think he’ll turn it around but patience has to be wearing thin.
Mike Dunleavy (SF): As the Pacers promised, he’s still getting around 20 minutes per game. He had 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting but his value has a ceiling until he starts getting more burn.
Dahntay Jones (SG/SF): Led the team with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, with three rebounds, two assists and zeros everywhere else. As noted yesterday, he’ll provide some scoring while Granger’s out but he doesn’t hit 3-pointers, rebound or pass.
Earl Watson (PG): Did not play due to a hamstring injury and is considered day-to-day.
Roy Hibbert (C)/Jeff Foster (C/PF): Hibbert left briefly in the first half with a shoulder injury but returned after halftime. Played just 18 minutes and finished with six points, four rebounds and no blocks.
Foster played nearly 20 minutes and still grabbed eight rebounds. He did little else, as usual.
Brandon Rush (SG/SF): Put back into the starting lineup, Rush played 24 minutes and had eight points, two rebounds and one block. He didn’t even attempt a 3-pointer. If he’s not going to shoot three’s, why bother to put on your uniform?
Tyler Hansbrough (PF): Hansbrough wasn’t mentioned yesterday but he got an opportunity after Hibbert’s injury and led Indiana’s reserves with 22 minutes. He had 13 points, 11 rebounds and a steal, though he made just 4-of-14 shots.
Hansbrough is worth keeping an eye on but he’s very inefficient right now with a .388 FG% and .681 FT% and the Pacers need all the efficiency they can get. His opportunities may be limited.