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Summer League Game Thread: Pacers vs. Hawks

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The Summer Pacers look top bounce back after two losses when they take on the Summer Hawks tonight.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Summer Pacers are looking to record their first win of the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League as they take on the Summer Hawks in a showdown of winless teams.

The game begins at 5:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on NBATV and streamed on ESPN3.

The team will be without the 18th pick in the 2019 NBA draft for the third straight game, as Goga Bitadze continues to work out his issue with his Visa. Edmond Sumner did not play in the previous game with soreness in his foot, and the team has not made an announcement on his availability for the game. Second-year point guard Aaron Holiday will lead the team as he has been the leading scorer in the first two games of the summer.

The Hawks are led by the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, DeAndre Hunter, along with rookie Bruno Fernando and second-year player Jaylen Adams. The team will be without lottery pick Cam Reddish who is recovering from offseason surgery, as well as the summer team’s leading scorer, Omari Spellmen, who was just traded to the Golden State Warriors.

Three things to watch:

Holiday’s decision making

Holiday has been the Pacers’ leading scorer in both of the games this summer, but he has had a knack for turning the ball over and just not making the right decisions when getting into the paint. The point guard recorded seven turnovers to just four assists against the Summer Pistons last night.

Hunter’s game

The Hawks’ first pick has disappointed thus far in summer league, as he recorded a stat line of six points, three rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in their loss Sunday to the Summer Timberwolves. Hunter doesn’t project to be a star player, rather a extremely valuable role player, but Atlanta fans will be looking to see his game reach the next level today.

Alize Johnson’s three-pointer

Johnson has proven that he has the athleticism, motor and defensive upside to carve out a role at some point in his career, but he has not shown nearly enough on the offensive end to warrant that opportunity. The best way for him to become playable on the offensive end is developing a long-range shot to fall under the “3&D” category. He has started summer league 0-4 from behind the arc.