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Pacers Links: Pacers need to maintain ‘professional’ level of play against Suns

After a great start to their road trip, the Pacers face a challenge in Phoenix trying to back up their strong play in Utah on a back-to-back against the Suns.

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NBA: Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers started their four-game road trip in fine fashion on Monday night, ripping the Utah Jazz 121-88.

Following the game, Nate McMillan said, “Tonight was just a good, professional win by this group. They were about business from the start.”

Describing his team’s effort as a “professional win” is perfect and also high praise from the normally understated coach. But what better way to describe the strong team effort that saw seven players score in double figures. None of those players was named Victor Oladipo, who sat out with a sore knee, and four of the seven came off the bench.

That’s how you fill the void left when VO is a no go. Myles Turner stepped up after a shaky start when he looked uncomfortable on the offensive end, turning it over twice and nearly a couple more times. Turner fought to find his rhythm and before the half, exposed the defense of Rudy Gobert by cashing in open jumpers in mid-range hot spot.

A hearty hat tip, as well to Doug McDermott for letting ‘er rip on the offensive end, making himself hard to guard which led to several strong finishes around rim, further confounding Quin Snyder and the Jazz defense.

The easy win looked quite familiar to the Jazz win over the Kings on Sunday night which is a not-so-subtle way of saying the Pacers can’t ease off the throttle in Phoenix tonight. Now they are the team on a back-to-back and feeling pretty good about themselves.

But beware the young Suns which have firepower to stun any opponent, let alone the Pacers when they DON’T show up like they did in Salt Lake City. The Monday night effort was indeed, a professional showing from start to finish. Now backing that effort up on the road with another winning effort would be equally professional and set the Pacers up for a strong showing on this road trip.

Check out the links:

Game Rewind: Pacers 121, Jazz 88 | Indiana Pacers

Game Preview: Pacers at Suns | Indiana Pacers

Pacers throttle Jazz to begin West coast trip

Jazz fall to 2-6 at home with a familiar 121-88 loss to Indiana - The Salt Lake Tribune

Derrick Favors returns to starting lineup for Utah Jazz in loss to Indiana Pacers | Deseret News

Indiana Pacers run Utah Jazz and their fans out of the building - SLC Dunk

Former NBA referee Joey Crawford discusses officiating before a recent Pacers game – The Athletic

Grades: Indiana Pacers play all the right notes, take down UtahJazz

Over past six games, the Phoenix Suns have played like a playoff team - Bright Side Of The Sun

Crawford Leading Young Suns in Locker Room and on the Court | Phoenix Suns