D'Angelo Russell vs. Indiana
D'Angelo Russell is guarded by Indiana's Monta Ellis on Feb. 8, 2016.
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10 Things to Know: Lakers at Pacers (11/1/16)

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

Here is what you need to know before the Lakers continue their road trip against the Indiana Pacers.

1) Julius Randle has provided the muscle down low in the Lakers’ first three games of the season, averaging 15.0 points on 67.9 percent shooting (19-of-28). Randle had three and-1 buckets in Sunday’s contest alone, and his passing has been sharper with 10 assists to six turnovers thus far.

2) While Randle scored 20 points in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City, D’Angelo Russell matched that total. So far, the sophomore has led Los Angeles with 16.3 points per game, though his last two games have only seen him shoot 10-of-34 from the field.

3) The Lakers spent Halloween in Indianapolis and, after practice, had the rest of the day to themselves. For Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac, this meant an opportunity to visit Indiana Motor Speedway and kiss the famous brick finish line.

4) The Pacers are celebrating the team’s 50th anniversary this season, having begun as an ABA franchise in 1967. Indiana won three ABA titles in nine years, but its only trip to the NBA Finals came up short, as current associate head coach Brian Shaw and the Lakers eliminated the Pacers in six games for the 2000 championship.

5) Eleven years after that series, Shaw briefly joined the Pacers as an assistant. Led by then-head coach Frank Vogel, Indiana pushed the Miami Heat to Game 7 in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals before eventually falling. After that series, Shaw was hired as head coach of the Denver Nuggets.

6) The Pacers are under new direction after Vogel was let go over the offseason. Assistant Nate McMillan was promoted to head coach — a title he previously held with Seattle (2000-05) and Portland (2005-12). Nicknamed “Mr. Sonic,” he also played 12 seasons for Seattle and even led the league in steals in 1993-94 (3.0).

7) McMillan has a fellow defensive threat at his disposal in Paul George, who is pretty good on the other end as well, having been a top-10 scorer last season. George was instrumental in the United States National Team’s path to Olympic gold this summer, averaging 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.0 minutes, while also providing his trademark defense.

8) It has been a hot-and-cold start thus far for new Pacer Jeff Teague. The 2015 All-Star has shot just 7-of-35 from the field, missing all eight of his 3-point attempts in the process. And though he has scored just four points in Indiana’s last two games combined, Teague has still provided an offensive boost by averaging 7.7 assists in three games.

9) Russell was joined on last year’s All-Rookie Second Team by Myles Turner, who had one of the most explosive debuts of the season. The 20-year-old went off for 30 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in the Pacers’ victory over Dallas. He has kept it up since, putting up 21.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, but Indiana has fallen in back-to-back contests.

10) Both of the Pacers’ losses were on the road, and the team is notoriously tough to beat on their own court. Indiana has a winning home record in each of its last 27 seasons — the longest such streak in the NBA.

Tip-off: 4 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet and Spectrum Deportes
Radio: 710 ESPN and 1330 KWKW

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