The Pacers are back in action at BLF on Tuesday night for their final dress rehearsal before the NBA regular season tips off next week.
The Pacers continue to be a work in progress playing at a faster pace with more playmakers on the floor, while trying to minimize the mistakes that lead to turnovers and bad shots in the process. Defensively, a quick guard like Minny’s Jeff Teague will provide a good test for the Pacers team defense in general, and Malcolm Brogdon in particular.
Speaking of Teague, the former Pacers and local legend out of Pike High School is still running the show for a T’Wolves team led by Karl-Anthony Towns that expects to perform better this season, but finds itself in a loaded Western Conference where progress may be hard to measure. Other players of local interest along with Teague, include Noah Vonleh (IU) and Kelan Martin (Butler). Martin just signed a two-way deal with Minnesota, after playing overseas last year.
Edmond Sumner was questionable to play due to an illness yesterday, but is now no longer on the injury report.
Where: Bankers Life FIeldhouse, Indianapolis IN
When: 7:00 a.m. ET
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Timberwolves: Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, Treveon Graham, Robert Covington, Karl-Anthony Towns
IND: Victor Oladipo (knee) - out
MIN: Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) - questionable, Jordan Bell (strained left calf) - questionable
Enemy view: Canis Hoopus
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