The Pacers play home game 41 on Sunday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets to close out the regular season home schedule.
After losing to the Celtics on Friday and settling into the fifth spot in the East, the Pacers can move into playoff prep. That doesn’t mean they will shut down starters and wait for next weekend. In fact, Darren Collison is ready and will start for the Pacers tonight. Tyreke Evans will take the night off, which should keep Aaron Holiday in the mix. Regardless, McMillan says the Pacers are playing to win.
While they won’t rest the starters, McMillan can limit the minutes the starters play and will go with a 10-man rotation and then see how the game plays out from there. Putting together a strong effort with a week to go before playoff action starts is certainly needed for this team.
As for the Nets, they are in desperation mode to make the playoffs. At tip time they will be in seventh place in the East, but ninth place (and out of the playoffs) Miami is just a game behind in the tight race for the final three spots in the East after losing an OT doozy in Toronto earlier in the day. But Miami and Brooklyn play the final game of the season and Miami currently holds the tie breaker. D’Angelo Russell remains the primary problem for the Nets, averaging over 21 points per game.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 5:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Cory Joseph, Wesley Matthews, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Nets: D’Angelo Russell, Rodions Kurucs, Joe Harris, DeMarre Carroll, Jarrett Allen
IND: Victor Oladipo (right knee) - out, Darren Collison (groin) - questionable
BKNY: Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) - out
Enemy view: Nets Daily
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