An impressive first quarter from the Indiana Pacers turned south against the Orlando Magic White squad, falling 85-76 despite having opportunities late to come up with stops and failing to do so. The Pacers stormed out in the first quarter, led by their two 2015 draft picks Myles Turner and Joe Young. Young was 4-4 in the first quarter, scoring nine points as the Pacers led 19-14 after the first.
From that point on, however, Young failed to make an impact, missing his next six shots and failing to score again for the remainder of the game. He also led the team with four turnovers on the day. While it was assumed Young had two sides to his game, it was a bit of surprise to see both extremes show up in a single game the way they did today. Watching Young the remainder of the Summer League will be key to see which way he trends, but expecting a short run of minutes this season anyway, getting a quick spark from Young may provide more of a positive than negative.
But despite Young's up and down play, it was Turner who continued showcasing a high level of play, racking up six points, six rebounds, and three blocks in the first quarter. Turner finished the game with 13 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks. While Turner was opportunistic on the defensive end, his inability late to turn blocks or plays at the rim into stops proved to be part of Indiana's downfall late.
Turner wasn't the only Pacer to struggle late on the defensive end. Shayne Whittington's sleepy rotations late in the game took away from what was his own explosion, scoring six straight Pacers points to guide Indiana to within four points late. Whittington had an up and down game, but showed up for the fourth, finishing the game with 16 points and seven rebounds, including a 6-7 effort at the free throw line, hitting a pair of threes.
Jarrell Eddie was quieter than he was in the first game, but still managed to find his shot for a pair of threes and eight points. Trent Lockett led the Indiana bench with 11 points and four assists, including a late find in the third to Solomon Hill for an easy dunk. That dunk was followed up by a steal and buzzer beating three by Mantas Kalnietis, who had eight himself. Kalnietis cut his turnovers in half, but still had three as Indiana as a team had a more manageable, but still rather high 17.
Indiana didn't manage to get to the line any better today either, getting out shot by Orlando by 20. Despite this, it was Hill who had the second most on the team with four. Hill did a better job making up for another poor shooting game, shooting just 2-8 for eight points, but continues to be rather perplexing in regards to actually making a big impact in the Summer League for an NBA veteran.
The remaining three games will be most important for Hill to showcase some higher level of play. While Hill struggled, it was former Washington Wizards forward Chris Singleton who made the biggest impact on the game for either team, making up for his own struggles in his previous game with a 17 point, six rebounds effort. It's time for Hill to make a similar impact to help Indiana find a win in this Orlando Summer League.