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It seems that every time one Pacer player has a great game, another Pacer has a mediocre one.
George Hill, who has been phenomenal against the Los Angeles Lakers in both meetings this season, was hot throughout the game and led the Pacers with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting from the field.
At the same time, however, both David West and Paul George had little impact in that game. West scored eight points in 38 minutes of playing time, and George scored 20, but on 6-for-20 from the field.
Furthermore, Roy Hibbert has been struggling with his offensive production throughout most of the season, so his seven points on 3-for-12 shooting shouldn't be surprising anymore.
In the loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Pacers over-relied on Hibbert, primarily because he should theoretically have a matchup advantage against any of the Sixers' bigs. He scored 25 points and grabbed 10 boards but went an abysmal 9-for-26 from the field.
One of the factors behind the inconsistent production is usage rate. Hibbert saw his usage rate skyrocket from 23.6 percent against the Lakers, to 35.9 percent against the Sixers (per Basketball Reference).
Although it's great to take advantage of match-ups, it has led to poor performances from other members of the teams. The Pacers could try sharing the ball more frequently early on in the game, so everyone could establish the feel of the offense.