After a team with a small Pacers-led team collected 141 points on Wednesday in a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the group hopes to stay hot on Friday night against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
While this will be the second time this season that Blue & Gold will face Disney residents, they will face a significantly different lineup than before. In what local athletes describe as a “renaissance of the lineup,” Orlando was an extreme salesman in terms of trade. Magic traded celebrities Nikola Vučević, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier in exchange for a bunch of younger players and drafts.
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Eradicating the original Orlando list gave others time in the spotlight. This will be the first time the Pacers will see Chum Okeke, a highly acclaimed rookie from Auburn. Compiled as the 16th overall in 2019, Okeke spent the full NBA season 2019-20, rehabilitating a torn ACL suffered during the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Los Angeles Clippers of 30 points on March 30.
Wendell Carter Jr. Third Year Center he also used more time to play. After playing a limited role during his first two and a half seasons with the Chicago Bulls, the center 6-10 scored double-digit values in five consecutive games, including 21 on the team in a 115-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1st. With these two who will perform decently under the solid veteran leadership of Terrence Ross (16.2 points per game, 24 on the final trip), the renewable Magic could struggle.
While the availability of Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner is still questionable, one certainty is that the Pacers are hungry for more wins. If they stay away, look for Aaron Holiday (22 points against Minnesota), TJ McConnell (19 points, 15 assists) and JaKar Sampson (16 points) to step up once again.
Tacers: PG – Caris LeVert, SG – Edmond Sumner, SF – Justin Holiday, PF – Doug McDermott, C – Goga Bitadze
Magic: PG – Michael Carter-Williams, SG – Dwayne Bacon, SF – James Ennis III, PF – Chuma Okeke, C – Wendell Carter Jr.
Tacers: Malcolm Brogdon – questioned (inflamed right hip), Domantas Sabonis – questioned (left wrist sprain), Myles Turner – questioned (right wrist sprained), TJ Warren – van (left foot strain fracture)
Magic: Markelle Fultz – out (torn left ACL), Gary Harris – out (left strain of adductor), Jonathan Isaac – out (left knee recovery), Karim Mane – out (painful right knee), Otto Porter Jr. – out (left leg pain)
January 22, 2021: The Pacers secured an exciting 120-118 overtime victory after Malcolm Brogdon drilled a 3-point dagger on the right wing with 3.6 seconds remaining in extra time. The win broke a two-game streak for Blue & Gold.
Brogdon’s triple in the final seconds helped him score 23 points on the team at night. In his first action after suffering an avulsion right fracture, Myles Turner added 22 to 9 out of 14, including 3 out of 6 from depth. In just his second game after a ripped off ACL, Jeremy Lamb also collected 22 and left with seven boards.
Although Brogdon’s coupling kick turned the night upside down, he didn’t arrive without a few moments lifting his hair before that. After seven points by Evan Fournier who led the Magic 115-110 early in overtime, Blue & Gold had to fight from behind. The Pacers ’apparent 7-0 joy was removed after a video review determined Brogdon went out of bounds before shooting three points from the left. What was the 117-115 lead in Indiana changed to a one-point advantage for Orlando.
After Domantas Sabonis ‘schedule reduced the Pacers’ deficit to 118-117, Fournier had his own attempt to freeze the game. However, the ball rattled out of the cylinder after falling halfway. Brogdon would not miss the next time.
- The Pacers have won 23 of their last 28 games in the regular season against Orlando from the 2012-13 season. Indiana holds a 10-2 record on the road during that period.
- Indiana’s record of 14-12 away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the fourth-best travel record at the Eastern Conference
- Magical Guardian Gary Harris attended Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, IN, where he finished with a school record of 1,540 points (16.7 points per game).
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