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Pacers Links: Suns up next, McDermott injury update, Fans back at Fieldhouse soon

The Pacers surprising start runs up against a similar story

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The Pacers roll into the weekend at 6-2 a half game behind the Sixers for the top spot in the East with the top team in the West up next at the Fieldhouse.

The Phoenix Suns make their sole appearance at BLF on Saturday night after the Suns play in Detroit on Friday night. The Pacers are continuing to draw attention for their strong and new style of play at both ends of the floor. Among the links today, is a fantastic profile by Dan Devine of The Ringer with individual player highlight montages that will simply excite any Pacers fan.

Not to be Mr. Negative, but traditionally this is where the chair is pulled on good times, which has me assuming good things won’t happen against the Suns. After adding Chris Paul to a team that found their stride in the Orlando bubble, the Suns are making their presence known in the West, much like the Pacers in the East. There won’t be any shame in dropping a game to this Suns team, but the times have been so good of late for the Pacer, I’m not ruling out this team continuing to stake their claim as a legit contender in the East.

There are numbers that make stats fun for the Pacers. Brogdon (23.6 ppg), Sabonis (20.8 ppg) and Oladipo (20.6 ppg) all averaging over 20 points per game is nothing if not fun. In the win over Houston, I recall thinking, hmm, nice to have Vic as a third scoring option, no?

In addition, Brogdon has had two career high scoring efforts in his last three games along with 25 assists and 2 turnovers in those games. Fun? Fun. Myles Turners crushing the elite of NBA shot blockers with 33 swats makes me furious I didn’t seek out a Blocked Shots Leaders gambling outlet when I realized in the preseason that he would have the opportunities sitting around the rim with the perimeter pressure the Pacers were applying.

Easy come, easy go.

With T.J. Warren out, Doug McDermott not finishing the win over the Rockets after turning his ankle was a concern, but according to Nate Bjorkgren on Friday, McBuckets was back at practice and appeared ready to roll.

After playing the Suns, the Pacers hit the road for five games before retuning back to BLF for their next four games. The third game of that homestand will include 1,000 fans as the Pacers announced they will make tickets available for the Jan. 24 game against the Toronto Raptors and every game through the current schedule which runs to March 4.

The Fieldhouse has three zones starting with the Red Zone for team and game ops personnel who can be in the lower bowl around the court. The media is in the Yellow Zone which is in the Club Level and utilizes the Varsity Club during games. The Green Zone is where a fans will be allowed which I assume will be at the Club and upper level of the Fieldhouse.

Recently, about 300 Pacers employees and guests attended in Club Level seats for the Cleveland game. Club Suites also had some fans for the Houston game, so the process of dealing with fans has been tested and BLF is surely ready for the next step.

Check out the links:

Game Rewind: Pacers 114, Rockets 107 | Indiana Pacers

Game Preview: Pacers vs Suns | Indiana Pacers

Pacers Announce Public Ticket Sales, Health and Safety Protocols | Indiana Pacers

Pacers vs. Rockets: Myles Turner's value increases even with 2 points - Indy Star

Doyel: Seething mad, Pacers star Malcolm Brogdon plays game of life

3-pointers: Rockets show there's still plenty to correct - HoustonChronicle.com

Harden My Take looks at Rockets’ flaws in loss to Pacers - The Dream Shake

Pacers vs. Rockets: Malcolm Brogdon sets career high in win

Mission accomplished: Pacers lock down Rockets, get another career night from Malcolm Brogdon - Fieldhouse Files with Scott Agness

Indiana Pacers: Stop worrying about Myles Turner's rebounding numbers

The Pacers Look Totally Different Despite Appearing the Same - The Ringer

NBA early-season observations: A look at the remixed 76ers, Jaylen Brown's leap, Pacers' drastic shift - CBSSports.com

Pacers news: Lance Stephenson set to play in G League