The end of Summer League doesn't carry much juice, but the Pacers finished strong thanks to a quick start in the first quarter to play with a lead the whole game, holding off a late rally to beat the Orlando Magic Blue squad, 85-79.
Jaron Johnson sealed the deal with an impressive baseline dagger dunk.
Glenn Robinson III finished with 14 points, three rebounds, making two of three shots from behind the arc. Rookie Georges Niang completed a solid week with six points, four rebounds three assists and two references to his old-man game by announcer Vince Carter in just 18 minutes of burn.
The intrigue for the final game was further diminished after point guard Joe Young was scratched from the lineup due to a sore lower back, lingering effects from the fall after Young's highlight dunk on Saturday. Young showed flashes of solid play in that first game but struggled in the remaining games, surely not bolstering the confidence of the front office that he is the backup point guard answer.
In relief of Young, Nate Wolter continued to prove he's not the answer either, but he got some buckets in the finale and finished with
Rakeem Christmas and Shayne Whittington also have work to do to earn a solid spot on the roster, let alone the playing rotation after an inconsistent week. Both played well in getting the Pacers going on Friday and Whittington kept it going rolling in the second half, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and three blocks off the bench. Here you can see Whittington dominating Victor Poirier. If Poirier were an NBA player, we might have something, but alas, he is not.
The Pacers played five games in seven days and finished with a 2-3 record.
With the action complete in Orlando, the Pacers have a 4 p.m. ET press conference to officially welcome Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson.