All losses are frustrating, even an expected schedule loss like the Pacers took against Utah on Monday night. Shooting numbers alone revealed the dead legs the Pacers played with against the Jazz after a strong effort at elevation to beat the Nuggets the night before. A 7-26 performance from behind the line will rarely get it done as the Pacers worked over the front rim paint at both ends of the Vivint Smart Home Arena floor.
With Victor Oladipo back in Indy and getting in some work with the Mad Ants at the Pacers practice facility on Monday, prepping for his expected return to action when the rest of the team returns on Dec. 29, the Pacers remain relatively healthy on the road.
Aaron Holiday did show up on the injury report as questionable with a sore shooting hand thumb for the game in Phoenix. If Holiday can’t go, Edmond Sumner would likely fill the void which may work out well defensively for the Pacers considering the heavy minutes Devin Booker normally plays for the Suns.
Slowing down the Suns will be a top priority since they have a few guys (Booker, Kelly Oubre, Dario Saric, Ricky Rubio) who can get cooking and help the Suns score in bunches. The outcome in Phoenix will certainly tip the scales for either a successful or disappointing road trip. Gotta get right on the road tonight!
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