After a rough 0-2 start, the Pacers return to action on Monday night in Detroit for the first of four games this week.
After their rematch with the Pistons on Monday, the Pacers travel to Brooklyn on Wednesday to take on Kyrie Irving and the Nets. The Pacers then return home for a pair of games, first Friday against the Cavaliers and then on Sunday against the Bulls.
When the schedule was released, the first ten games of the season seemed like a great way for the new-look Pacers to ease into the season. Unfortunately, the new-look hasn’t looked so good and there is no way to look ahead and talk about ‘winnable’ games or pencil in any W’s.
Nate McMillan is already scrambling to find a playing rotation. Starting the season with 11 players wasn’t sustainable. Against Cleveland McMillan essentially pared it down to nine, since Goga was quickly hurt in his debut, which left Jeremy Lamb (hip) and Aaron Holiday out of the mix.
In retrospect, A Holiday caught a break not being part of that mess in Cleveland and certainly should be back in the mix as the hunt for the right reserve rotation continues along with the hunt for an actual win.
Check out the links:
Game Preview: Pacers at Pistons | Indiana Pacers
Game Rewind: Pacers 99, Cavaliers 110 | Indiana Pacers
Pacers: Why no one fears their defense, not even the Cavs - Indy Star
Pacers stumbling out of the gate after listless, bad loss to Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate opening night with first win of season against Indiana Pacers 110-99: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis - cleveland.com
No urgency, toughness or identity: Pacers were unrecognizable in Week 1
Domantas Sabonis' Opening Night Defense Up Close | The Fieldhouse
Pistons starting lineup must change to prevent slow starts, big deficits - Detroit Bad Boys