Once again, the Indiana Pacers saw a lead heading into the fourth quarter disappear, ending their preseason campaign with back-to-back fourth quarter losses. Though unlike Indiana's loss to Orlando, there wasn't much run from the starters in the fourth. The exception was Jeff Teague, who despite playing with the second unit, didn't offer up much in the fourth, with a pair of assists and a turnover culminating a six point night on 1-6 shooting.
He and Monta Ellis did lead the Pacers with seven assists apiece with Paul George and Myles Turner the biggest benefactors of Teague's assists. Turner had 16 points with nine rebounds.
Ok, Myles! https://t.co/8HtuqvF0EM— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 20, 2016
Despite missing the first two games, Turner's play in the preseason gives plenty of room for optimism. He averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games, but also had at least two blocks in all four of those games, including a pair tonight.
Denied. (Part 2) https://t.co/XxoNbDbomp— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 20, 2016
Indiana was able to run on Milwaukee, outscoring them 26-14 in fast break points, using 14 steals as part of their 24 points off turnovers. But the success in transition scoring didn't translate to points in the half court. Indiana shot 42.9% on the night, shooting just 7-25 from three point range. They allowed Milwaukee, despite the turnovers, to shoot 48.1%. This was amplified by the Bucks play on the glass. Indiana had 11 offensive rebounds, but allowed 14 as the Bucks outrebounded Indiana 50-34, including a seven rebound advantage in the fourth.
Some of the positives and negatives from the preseason will be hard to translate into regular season success, but one success story in the preseason the Pacers would benefit greatly from continuing is the play of Glenn Robinson III. Robinson was the biggest surprise of the preaseason without much competition, finishing with 13 points on 5-7 shooting.
GLENN ROBINSON III https://t.co/kNJsSDnbBc— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 20, 2016
Robinson playing well will help extend the expected depth of the Pacers, especially as Nate Taylor reports a lack of definitive timetable in C.J. Miles's return. So the Pacers may not be entering the regular season at full strength, but they'll still be set to host the Dallas Mavericks a week from now on October 26th, where fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead of Hall of Famer Bobby "Slick" Leonard.