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Game Preview: Pacers at Bucks (Preseason)

Last Updated: Oct. 19 at 1:15 PM

Matchup

The final dress rehearsal is here.

On Wednesday night, one week after dispatching the Bucks by double-digits, Indiana faces Milwaukee on the road in its preseason finale.

Although the Pacers fell to the Magic on Friday night, the game brought with it plenty of positives, including an impressive performance from second-year center Myles Turner.

The big man racked up 17 points and six rebounds, while putting forth a posterizing dunk on Orlando center Bismack Biyombo.

"It is our first time playing together so I feel we are still trying to establish that trust and still trying to establish that chemistry. I think we are going to be fine. We are a very talented group," said Turner of the starting unit.

Since Paul George had missed Wednesday's meeting with the Bucks (illness), Friday offered the first glimpse of the starting lineup. And while the Pacers may have lost the game, the starting unit was a silver lining, with all five players posting positive plus-minuses on the evening.

And since scoring balance has been a question with the unit full of capable scorers, Friday night was one of the most egalitarian stat lines possible, with all five starters scoring between 14-17 points.

However, a porous second quarter hurt the Pacers, who were outscored 44-23 and trailing by 10 at the break. While the Pacers rallied to the lead once more in the third, Orlando closed out the game with a 30-point fourth quarter as the newly-acquired Serge Ibaka drained a team-high 19 points.

On Wednesday, the emphasis for the Pacers will be solidifying the rotation and its chemistry, while making sure everyone stays healthy entering the season.

Projected Starters

Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis

Paul George

Paul George

Thaddeus Young

Thaddeus Young

Myles Turner

Myles Turner

Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Thon Maker

Thon Maker

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker

John Henson

John Henson

Pacers: PG - Jeff Teague, SG - Monta Ellis, SF - Paul George, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Bucks: PG - Malcolm Brogdon, SG - Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF - Thon Maker, PF - Jabari Parker, C - John Henson

Injury Report

Pacers: Aaron Brooks - out (sore right knee), C.J. Miles - out (sore left knee), Kevin Seraphin - questionable (sore lower back)

Bucks: Khris Middleton - out (hamstring), Michael Beasley - out (right elbow sprain), Tony Snell - out (left ankle sprain), Rashad Vaughn - out (left ankle sprain), Jason Terry - probably (right ankle sprain)

Last Meeting

October 12, 2016: The Pacers and Bucks met less than a week ago in Evansville, with the Pacers winning a convincing 101-83 tilt.

Despite Milwaukee's early lead in the game, Indiana had their best stretch of preseason basketball, outscoring Milwaukee 49-12 to close the first half and taking a 31-point lead into the locker room.

Rodney Stuckey led the way off the bench, scoring a team-high 21 points and Lavoy Allen added a double-double as the Pacers cruised to victory.

Noteworthy

  • Myles Turner had his best game of the preseason on Friday, scoring 17 points and snaring six rebounds versus the Magic
  • Indiana's defense struggled in the second quarter, allowing 44 points to Orlando
  • Friday's game was the first time that the starting unit of Myles Turner, Thad Young, Paul George, Monta Ellis, and Jeff Teague played together in a game

Broadcast Information

TV: None
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

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