The final game of the Orlando Summer League "regular season" was a rest day for both the Indiana Pacers and the Orlando Blue affiliate of the Magic. That meant no Myles Turner or Solomon Hill for the Pacers (and ample rest as well for the Blue), as today's game proved a showcase of Joe Young, who led Indiana in minutes with 31. Even without Turner, the Pacers managed to come away with their first victory of Summer League, defeating the Blue 91-85, picking up six points on the day.
Young was Indiana's catalyst today, as he should've been, leading the Pacers in scoring and assists with an impressive 28 and five outing. Young shot 9-17 from the floor, including 5-9 from three point range, helping Indiana on a day they actually turned the free throw disparity in their favor. Young shot six of Indiana's 33 free throw attempts, helping them outshoot Orlando from the line 33-14.
After a fairly touch and go first outing in the Summer League, Young has come to show exactly what he is advertised as: a guy who can put up points in bunches. In this setting, it's really the least he could do, but seeing him follow up a solid 25-point outing with another solid 28-point outing was a positive sign in regards to him showcasing some sense of possible consistency, shooting a combined 18-33 in both games.
Today's other standout in helping Indiana work towards their first win was Arinze Onuaku, who despite having a rough Summer League himself, came up with a solid outing his first real playing time of the league. Onuaku had 11 points nine rebounds, not only outrebounding his entire Summer League total, but played the role of Turner well, picking up a game high three blocks.
Romero Osby was Indiana's third double digit scorer, scoring six points on a pair of threes, but also working his way to the line for a perfect 6-6 night. Osby also had six boards, but struggled with turnovers, committing four on the day. Along with four from Trent Lockett and three from Mantas Kalnietis, the trio made up 11 of Indiana's 16 turnovers, creating a fairly positive day in that regard from the rest of the team.
Indiana will take the court one more time in Summer League. Though the final schedule is not set, the Pacers should be set to play tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m., when they face the Brooklyn Nets in the coveted 9th Place Game.