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Summer League Game Thread: Pacers vs. Rockets

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The Pacers tip off Summer League action in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Summer Pacers take on the Summer Rockets in Las Vegas on Friday to begin Summer League play. After playing the past several years in Orlando’s practice facility, closed to the general public, the Pacers will join the madness of the Las Vegas Summer League which should add some juice to the effort.

The game against the Rockest tips at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBA TV.

Fans will get a chance to see rookies Aaron Holiday and Alize Johnson in blue and gold for the first time. Equally intriguing will be the play of second-year forward, T.J. Leaf who will try to show his growth on the court as the Pacers hold out hope he can be a spread-four option of the bench once the regular season starts.

Alex Poythress, Ben Moore and Edmond Sumner will also try to leave a strong impression so they can avoid those trips to Fort Wayne during the upcoming season. Speaking of the Mad Ants, their coach Steve Gansey will be guiding the Pacers on the bench in Vegas.

For all the details on the roster and players looking to make an impact, check out C.C.’s Summer League Primer.

For the Rockets, their roster includes a familiar face in Vince Edwards who was selected in the second round out of Purdue.

As always, share your thoughts and observations on the game, players and summer free agency and trade chatter in the comments.