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Practice: Pacers Adjusting with Injuries

March 18, 2018 - After practice on Sunday, the Pacers talked about adjusting to new roles with both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis sidelined with injuries.

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Practice: Pacers Adjusting with Injuries

March 18, 2018 - After practice on Sunday, the Pacers talked about adjusting to new roles with both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis sidelined with injuries.
Mar 18, 2018  |  01:58

Game Preview: Pacers vs Lakers

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Last Updated: March 19 at 9:09 AM ET

Please Note: Doors will open at 5:30 PM ET

Matchup

With injuries keeping both Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner out of the lineup on Saturday night, the Pacers were unable to escape Washington with a victory.

But on Monday, when Indiana (40-30) returns home to face Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pacers hope to have Turner return to the lineup.

Following practice on Friday, Turner said that the left ankle sprain was not as severe as initially feared, and was listed as questionable until hours before the tipoff on Saturday night.

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Without Turner, rim protection quickly became an issue for the Pacers against Washington on Saturday. Indiana allowed the Wizards to shoot a scorching 54.8 percent from the field, the highest total a team has shot against Indiana since Feb. 5.

The Pacers will face a Lakers (31-38) team that has been playing solid basketball for nearly three months now after a slow start to the season. But L.A. has dropped its last two contests and is expected to be without Brandon Ingram, who is currently sidelined with a left groin strain.

Lately, the Lakers have been powered by the playmaking of Ball, who dishes out a team-high 7.1 assists per game.

With Saturday's loss dropping the Pacers from third to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, Indiana only has four games remaining against teams with sub-.500 records, making Monday's game all the more important for Indiana's playoff seeding.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Cory Joseph, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Lakers: PG - Lonzo Ball, SG - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF - Kyle Kuzma, PF - Julius Randle, C - Brook Lopez

Injury Report

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis - doubtful (sprained left ankle), Myles Turner - questionable (sprained left ankle)

Lakers: Channing Frye - out (appendectomy), Josh Hart - out (left hand fourth metacarpal fracture), Brandon Ingram - out (left groin strain)

Last Meeting

January 19, 2018: Playing in their Hickory uniforms on the road, the Pacers never found their offensive groove in Los Angeles, falling 99-86 to the Lakers.

Despite trailing for much of the night, the Pacers were able to slice their deficit to just two points with six minutes remaining. But just as it seemed the Pacers were poised to break through, the door was closed by the plucky Lakers, who used a game-high 33 points from Jordan Clarkson maintain their lead.

For the Pacers, Victor Oladipo led the way offensively, making 11-of-26 shots for 25 points. But on the other side, Clarkson was spectacular, making 14 of his 19 shots from the field.

Noteworthy

  • The Lakers lead the all-time series 59-28 and the Lakers have won two straight against Indiana.
  • Lakers forward Thomas Bryant attended Indiana University for two seasons (2015-2017.
  • Pacers rookie TJ Leaf was college teammates at UCLA with Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, March 19 to host Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:00 PM ET. Tickets starting at just $22! Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

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