The Indiana Pacers (7-7) will play host to the Golden State Warriors (11-2) on Monday night, as the team looks to build off of Sunday night’s win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The only problem this time around is that Indiana will be without two starters when they go up against arguably the best team in the NBA.
Paul George (ankle) had previously been ruled out against the Warriors prior to Monday, and now the Pacers will also be without second-year center Myles Turner (ankle). The injury news comes via the Pacers’ official Twitter account. Turner had tweaked his ankle during Sunday’s victory in Oklahoma City.
On top of the Pacers being without two of their starters, they will also be short on the second unit, as C.J. Miles (knee) has also been ruled out of Monday’s matchup. Miles injured his knee in Friday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns. With Miles and George both being rule out, look for Pacers head coach Nate McMillan to have Glenn Robinson III make his second-consecutive start at the small forward position, as well as Al Jefferson starting in place of the injured Turner.
Being without three key players against the league’s No. 1 offense spells bad news for the Pacers. The Warriors average nearly 117 points per-game, and the Pacers’ defense currently ranks in at No. 23 — allowing an average of 108 points. Put all of those factors together, and it could be a long night for Indiana if they do not get off to a fluid start.
The Pacers take on the Warriors Monday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.