The Pacers look to continue rolling on Wednesday night when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers. After winning their last seven games, it would be easy for the Pacers to consider their eighth straight win a given against the short-handed Cavs.
But this remains the NBA and the Pacers have to do a little more than just show up. As Nate McMillan referenced after beating the Knicks on Sunday, his team has to show growth and a maturity in these types of games to deliver a professional effort.
The Cavs are missing Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and newly acquired John Henson who was part of a deal that sent George Hill to Milwaukee. This deal after the team dealt Kyle Korver to Utah for Alec Burks. J.R. Smith? He’s just not with the team.
Yeah, the Cavs have their eye on the future but they do have guys earning a check and working to solidify their NBA careers. They have won two of their last five games, so the Pacers will have to show up ready to play...and in doing that, should lock up another W.
Ideally, the Pacers can lock up the W early and allow Nate McMillan to manage minutes throughout the playing rotation since the team will leave town after the game for Toronto where they play the Raptors on the second night of a back-to-back.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, Cedi Osman, Ante Zizic
IND: Tyreke Evans (bruised right knee) - questionable
CLE: John Henson (left wrist surgery) - out, Kevin Love (left foot surgery) - out, J.R. Smith (personal) - not with team, Tristan Thompson (left foot sprain) - out
Enemy view: Fear the Sword
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