The Pacers are back in action at the Fieldhouse on Monday night, desperately seeking a win after a 1-6 start when they face a 2-4 Spurs team that is equally hungry for some wins, as well.
The Spurs should be feeling pretty good since they arrive in Indy after beating the Bucks in their last outing. Popular former Pacers, Doug McDermott and Thad Young are running with the Spurs this season, however McDermott is already ruled out with a knee issue after a solid start to the season.
The Pacers continue to manage a fluid injury report with hopes Caris LeVert can up his minutes after a strong return on Saturday. Malcolm Brogdon will likely remain out although kept a questionable status through the team’s off day.
Regardless of who is available and for how much time, the Pacers need to find a way to close out a win after failing in several tight games through the earlier portion of the season. Minimizing the turnovers and trying to force the issue to level up the free throw disparity they have often faced, would put the Blue and Gold in far better position to win.
Making the other team beat you as opposed to helping them beat you is always a good place to start.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
When: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/107.5 FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: T.J. McConnell, Chris Duarte, Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Spurs: Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl
IND: Caris LeVert – questionable (sore back), Malcolm Brogdon - doubtful (left hamstring strain), Isaiah Jackson - out (left knee injury), Kelan Martin - out (sore left hamstring), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
SAS: Zach Collins - out (left ankle stress fracture), Doug McDermott - out (right knee inflammation), Josh Primo - out (G League assignment)
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