Appropriate for Halloween, the Pacers left us with two frightening losses over the weekend to highlight the worst-case scenario worries we carried into the season.
Defense and rebounding are susceptible to problem nights which was certainly the case in Brooklyn and Chicago.
But depth and injury concerns turned up the scare meter to hair raising levels. Playing without Aaron Brooks (knee) and Rodney Stuckey (hammy), aside from the four minutes he played in Brooklyn before grabbing his hammy, the Pacers reserve unit did more damage than good.
Add to that, Jeff Teague making just two of 20 shots and raising concerns that his offseason knee issues may still be hampering him and a team built to score more by pushing the pace, is stuck still figuring out how to score in the half court game.
A day off followed by a day of practice should help immensely when the Lakers visit on Tuesday. But the weekend results were certainly discouraging.
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