There appeared to finally be some flashes of purpose from the Summer League Indiana Pacers early on against the Toronto Raptors, but a poor second half showing put them right back in the loss column. The Pacers somehow had their worst shooting performance of the Summer League, finishing at 31.1%, which unsurprisingly, resulted in just 31 second half points (they scored 26 in the second quarter alone).
Though the game turned sour for the Pacers quickly, the earliest portions had some real bright spots, especially from Brian Bowen II, who finished with 17 points. Bowen scored nine of those points in a row in the first quarter, hitting back-to-back corner threes, following those up with an excellent finish on an and-one, helping push Indiana into the lead early.
Bowen also showed up on the highlight reel by dishing a behind the back pass to Alize Johnson for a corner three.
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That three was one of two for Johnson, who was one of three Pacers in double figures with 12 points, leading the Pacers in rebounding (nine) and assists (five). That proved to be about the height of contribution from Bowen, Johnson, or anyone else on the team for that matter, as Aaron Holiday played the focal point and then some, leading the Pacers with 23 points.
Holiday got to 23 the hard way, taking 26 shots, making just six. He never relented, for better or worse, which helped get him to the line 10 times, making eight. When he didn’t draw fouls, however, it wasn’t pretty. Holiday’s shot was off all night, but he continued to fire away, attacking the rim well but finishing poorly, or going awry on three point attempts, finishing 3-13 from deep.
Whether by lack of trust around him or by design, Holiday brought the spirit of Las Vegas to the game, doubling down on each miss with mounting frustration. He also flashed very little in the way of playmaking in the process, which proved disappointing in the first quarter when Bowen had showed the hot hand, even bringing out the trash talk against Toronto’s Malcolm Miller.
The Pacers drop to 0-4 in Summer League play, complete with a -19.8 point differential, far and away the worst of any team in the Summer League (which does Team China and Team Croatia). Suffice to say, this has been one immensely disappointing Summer League showing for the Pacers, who will wrap up play in a fifth and final consolation game either Friday or Saturday.