Pacers Lose Ugly to the Wolves
The Pacers found themselves struggling on the offensive end in the first half. With a halftime score of 52-38, they found themselves embarrassed so far by a very young Timberwolves team.
Not a lot of positives came from this game; but Roy Hibbert did play his best game so far this preseason. He shot 5-10 from the field, scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Also was efficient in rim protecting as usual, with 3 blocks. Those might be the averages you’ll see from him this year. You can tell he has lost some weight so that he could be more mobile and move about the court easier. Last season he was pretty slow and put on a lot of muscle weight. Things changed this offseason; he worked with hall-of-fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and looks to improve his confidence and overall big man skills. We should expect a big season from him.
The final score to this game was a little better than expected; 107-89. Still a pretty bad loss. Offensive inefficiency and turnovers cost the Pacers this game. They finished with 20. Indiana will need to cut down on turnovers with they want to put together a quality season.
Donald Sloan was another bright spot, he scored 19 points in 28 minutes. He also shot 3-4 from 3 point range which is the area of his game that has greatly improved. He’ll look to earn a larger spot in the rotation and maybe play shooting guard more.
The Pacers will face off in their next game against the Charlotte Hornets; Lance Stephenson’s new team. Their first regular season game will be on October 19th against the Philadelphia 76ers.