The Pacers move into a new phase of plugging injury holes in their playing rotation when they visit the Nets on Friday.
Malcolm Brogdon is out after tweaking his hammy in Toronto leaving the Pacer without their leading scorer and playmaker. The length of Brogdon’s absence is unknown at this time, but even with Caris LeVert on the cusp of returning, the Pacers will be relying on a different approach without Brogdon, whose usage has been quite high through the first five games.
The Nets continue to play without Kyrie Irving and have struggled to get going so far in the regular season as James Harden tries to play himself into shape and adjust the new rules which have hampered his ability to draw extremely annoying fouls. So, Brooklyn will have no sympathy for the rough start the Pacers are enduring and with Kevin Durant, the prospects for the Pacers gathering their first road win are not promising.
But when you consider all of the players like Myles Turner, Chris Duarte and Justin Holiday to name a few, there are plenty of Pacers who are both capable and due to throw up a big performance that can flip expectations in the Pacers favor.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
When: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/107.5 FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: T.J. McConnell, Chris Duarte, Justin Holiday, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Nets: James Harden, Joe Harris, Bruce Brown, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin
IND: Caris LeVert – questionable (sore back), Malcolm Brogdon - out (hamstring), Isaiah Jackson - out (knee), Kelan Martin - out (sore left hamstring), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
BKY: Nic Claxton – questionable (non-COVID illness), Kyrie Irving – out (personal reasons)
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