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Pacers podcast: “The preseason is all about T.J. Leaf and building confidence.”

The Locked on Pacers podcast is hosted by Indycornrows staff writer Adam Friedman in collaboration with West Indianapolis Community News Pacers columnist Tony East.

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Indiana Pacers forward TJ Leaf (22) warms up prior to the start of their game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Pacers 120-115. Credit: Tom Szczerbowski
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On today’s episode of the Locked on Pacers podcast Adam and Tony preview the Pacers’ first two preseason games against the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. To listen to Friday’s episode click here or below.

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Houston Rockets Preview:

Why Thad Young and Tyreke Evans’ injuries shouldn’t be concerning yet.

Why starting T.J. Leaf is important for his development.

Why the bench players are the X-factors and could be the reason behind Indiana’s wins.

Why James Harden could be the Pacers’ “butcher.”

Why Nate McMillan will hopefully only play his starters 20-25 minutes.

Memphis Grizzlies Preview:

Why Tony and Adam are both excited to see Mike Conley again.

Why it’s never too early to start the Mike Conley to Indiana rumors.

The matchup to watch: Domantas Sabonis versus Jaren Jackson Jr.

Why this is a tune up game for the Pacers’ first regular season game.

Why T.J. Leaf is the Pacers’ X-factor.

Quick Note: I’m going to post Pacers column every Monday and occasionally Friday. It’ll break down some of the biggest Pacer news of the week, plays I’ve liked and didn’t like and preview the upcoming matchups. I also want to incorporate a mailbag piece to each column but I’ll need questions for that. I’ll remind people in my posts over the next couple weeks, but if you have at least a semi-related Pacer mailbag question you want answered click this Google link to submit them or clicking here.