The potentially wild game-to-game variations of the NBA Summer League wasn’t on display for the Summer League Indiana Pacers, who for a second straight game, were ran off the floor. The Pacers actually led this one, holding a slight 18-16 lead over the Detroit Pistons after one.
The first quarter was shockingly ugly with an endless stream of foul calls, but it worked in Indiana’s favor, especially as they proved entirely incapable of scoring. Edmond Sumner was held out of this game, which didn’t help matters as Aaron Holiday struggled to score and a more active Alize Johnson couldn’t finish on the positive plays he did make.
The game shifted entirely in Detroit’s favor in the second quarter as they outscored the Pacers 17-0 over the first five minutes of the quarter. At that point, it was all the Pacers could do to stay in the game. They flashed competent stretches, but hardly made themselves threats, not with their own miscues and energy lacking against the Pistons.
The Pacers again allowed over 100 points, again allowed an opponent to shoot over 50%, and again failed to even get close to 40% shooting themselves. Holiday was slow to start, but did wind up leading the Pacers with 20 points in the loss, needing 21 shots to get there. To add, he was extremely careless with the ball, committing seven of Indiana’s 17 turnovers.
There wasn’t much in the way of support for Holiday. The Pacers were blocked nine times in the game, a shocking number seeming to come on floaters in the paint. Indiana had no real feel for putting the ball in the basket, struggling inside, but also going just 5-24 from three point, Holiday going 0-5 after a 4-8 night on Saturday.
Alize Johnson looked more like himself early in the game in his ability to pull in rebounds, but really failed to capitalize on the situation despite finishing with a 15 point, 10 rebound double double. It was rather underwhelming, especially as he led the Pacers in free throw misses on a 7-13 night from the line.
It’s a positive that Johnson was able to get to the line, but the failure to capitalize really kept the Pacers from ever pushing the game back into single digits. He was also the beneficiary of a foul-happy crew, blowing the whistle for 61 fouls, leading to 78 free throws. To be fair, neither team could stop fouling, so the number wasn’t entirely out of hand.
Brian Bowen II didn’t make quite the same impact he did in the opener, but was involved throughout the game, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds and five assists. In a game where Indiana needed some kind of reliable scoring, he was just 2-5 from the field, but similar to Johnson, worked his way to the line with frequency, going a solid 6-7.
Without Sumner, DeVuaghn Akoon-Purcell was put into the starting lineup, again scoring in double figures with 11 points, but shot just 4-13 from the field. Off the bench, Indiana had two double figure scorers in MiKyle McIntosh and Shizz Alston Jr. with 10 points each. Alston led the Pacers in three pointers with two while McIntosh was one of just two Pacers to shoot 50% or better, joining Jaylen Johnson who had eight.
The Pacers will be back in action tomorrow when they face the Atlanta Hawks at the Thomas and Mack Center. Indiana continue searching for their first Summer League win, tipping off 5:30 Eastern.