Indiana Pacers: 66-1

augusti 31, 2019 i Uncategorized med admin


. .this is going to get ugly.
Paul George is likely done for the year with a broken leg, and Stephenson is grazing at purpler pastures. Down their two greatest perimeter players on offense and defense, the Indiana Pacers are likely to fight in a big way.
Frank Vogel nevertheless has Roy Hibbert in the center, and George Hill will be among the NBA’s better defensive point guards. So getting stops still ought to be a power for Indy, but scoring is going to be rough.
Really rough.
Remember, this team ranked 22nd in offensive performance this past year. After the All-Star fracture, just the Sixers’ scoring attack was less powerful, per Taking away two of Indiana’s three leading scorers will make it nearly impossible to get buckets at anything greater than a bottom-five pace.
Maybe Chris Copeland will elongate the floor with his shooting. Perhaps Hibbert will become a bigger threat on the block. David West might have yet another big year in him.
But even if all three of those things come to pass, it’s hard to say they will compensate for shedding George and Stephenson.
And in what may be the most terrifying harbinger of an offensive catastrophe to come, Donald Sloan leads Indy in preseason points each game and will be the starter at point guard for up to three weeks while Hill’s left knee mends.
Oh dear.

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