The Pacers will try to warm up the Fieldhouse on Monday when they take on the red-hot Hawks, winners of six straight games which tucks them into second place in the East trailing Cleveland by just one game.
On Sunday, the Pacers took full advantage of their Fort Wayne D-League team, sending Glenn Robinson III and Joe Young up to play big minutes for the Mad Ants while the rest of the team practiced at BLF. Neither was terribly efficient but they did get plenty of game work in which Frank Vogel called "an intelligent use of our D-League team."
While on the topic of developing young players, rookie Myles Turner hopes to be cleared to return from his broken thumb as early as Monday. While the medical staff may clear Turner, Vogel emphasized the rook won't jump right back into game action after six weeks off.
"Nothing can simulate playing 5-on-5 full court, so he's gonna have a ways to go, I'm sure," Vogel said. "We'll make sure he gets some practice under his belt and we'll kind of treat it day-to-day and see where he's at."