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NBA Preseason Tips Off As Pacers Prepare For Grizzlies

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The Indiana Pacers leave the friendly confines of Conseco Fieldhouse today as they head to Memphis in advance of their preseason opener tomorrow night against the Grizzlies.

Minnesota and the L.A. Lakers tipped off the NBA preseason in London yesterday and a nice slate of eight games state-side tonight kick the preseason into high gear. Highlights, box scores -- it's time people!

After watching the practice highlights from Monday's scrimmage I'd say they are ready to go and probably excited to battle an opponent after beating up on each other for over the past week.

A few things stood out in the highlights:

  • First and foremost, there was a certain burly, bowl-cut stylin' power forward wearing number 50 participating in the scrimmage. I counted five-on-five which means Tyler Hansbrough's restrictions were eased a bit yesterday. He certainly wasn't playing tentatively, as if he would know how.
  • Darren Collison and A.J. Price both looked good running their respective teams both setting up teammates and knocking down shots. T.J. Ford and Sol Jones were out yesterday with hammys, so I'd say Price helped himself with his play on the White squad.
  • Mike Dunleavy also looked great moving around and snapping off shots that repeatedly found the bottom of the net.
  • Brandon Rush flashed some solid, assertive offensive play, even finishing a drive to the hoop with a left-handed layup...that he made.
  • Roy Hibbert and Josh McRoberts were on opposing teams but both caused problems with their active offense. I dare say, one of Hibberts running hooks in the lane was borderline smooth.
  • Offense, offense, offense. The defensive effort wasn't necessarily poor, but it seemed like in these highlights all of the shots were falling. Mabye Bruno edited out all of the misses.

After the jump, a few more links of interest including Lance Stephenson building from the ground up at the defensive end.