Hey, who shrunk Corey Brewer?
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The Indiana Pacers moved to 5-2 on the preseason with a 106-95 win at Minnesota Tuesday night. The game was nowhere to be found locally or on NBA League Pass so we have to take Boyle's word for it that the Pacers played pretty well despite a lack of bigs available to join the fun. Jermaine O'Neal, Troy Murphy, and David Harrison all sat out for various recuperative reasons (I know, shocking). So, what did we learn.
- Danny Granger backed up O'B's faith in him with a solid shooting night, hitting 8-14 FGAs including 3-5 3-balls for 25 points. Keep bringing it, Danny. Consistent production from 33 would go a long way toward a Pacer revival.
- With buckets of front court minutes to fill, Courtney Sims took advantage and pitched in with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Sims appears to have dibs on that final roster spot.
- Kareem Rush played 17 minutes but looked a little rusty only making 1 of 7 shots. Just running up and down the court is an accomplishment, though. We'll worry about his shot later.
- Ike Diogu and Mike Dunleavy pumped in 20 points each to help carry the offense, although Ike did cough the ball up 5 times. Ike's turnovers are rarely pretty, so for this alone, I'm glad the game wasn't televised.
- Stephen Graham didn't play tonight. He hasn't played much in the past few games and there doesn't appear to be an injury involved. I guess he's sized up for spot duty at best. I guess when O'B needs some defensive dogs he'll unleash Graham and Andre Owens and let them get after it, otherwise their time will be limited.