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Tyreke Evans violates team rules, will miss game against Cavs

Nate McMillan doesn’t mess around about accountability.

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Though not explicitly termed as a one-game suspension, guard Tyreke Evans will miss Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a violation of team rules.

“I was late for practice,” said Evans in a statement released by the team. “This is the most professional and team-oriented organization I have been with in my career. They deserve my best every day and I am disappointed in myself for causing a distraction that prevents me from being able to help my team tomorrow. I will do better.”

“One of my biggest pet peeves is that we be on time,” McMillan said at the time. “We be on time in everything that we do.”

Per The Athletic’s Scott Agness, Kevin Pritchard addressed the team following practice, but details of that discussion were not disclosed.

Despite a virtual no-show performance in Minnesota, Indiana has outscored opponents by 22.6 points per 100 possessions with Evans on the floor and the team’s reserves — among which he is a central figure manipulating the pick-and-roll with Domantas Sabonis — currently boast the league’s best aggregate plus-minus among benches.

Given that he also arguably provides the most reliable answer for how Victor Oladipo can remain a scorer when teams try to force him into being a passer, it will be important that both sides move past what happened today when he’s back in uniform.

As far as filling his minutes against the Cavaliers, Edmond Sumner got the nod when Evans missed the preseason opener against the Houston Rockets due to an ankle sprain, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with two rebounds and two steals.