The Indiana Pacers rolled past the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night and must feel good about how they are playing heading into the regular season opener on Tuesday. The starting unit finished strong, spearheading a 32-point third quarter in their final preseason minutes together as a group, which simply overwhelmed the Mavs.
Paul George scored 10 of his 28 points in the third and then stayed around to work through part of the fourth quarter with a reserve unit that is shaping up nicely. Luis Scola is in mid-season form and plays as if he's been with the Pacers for years. Orlando Johnson appears to have worked himself into a role in the playing rotation, at least until Danny Granger is ready to roll once again.
The remaining red flag on the roster is Chris Copeland and his struggles to knock down open threes. Frank Vogel tried to run Cope at the three in an effort to shake things up but he still ended up missing all four of his three-ball attempts. With so many options, Copeland will have to shoot himself into a role in the playing rotations, since for now, he's shooting himself out of one.
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