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Shorthanded Pacers Preparing for Nets

Nov. 18, 2019 - Pacers coach Nate McMillan discusses the challenges with guards Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, and T.J. McConnell all out, then Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner speak about Turner's recent return from a sprained ankle.

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Shorthanded Pacers Preparing for Nets

Nov. 18, 2019 - Pacers coach Nate McMillan discusses the challenges with guards Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, and T.J. McConnell all out, then Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner speak about Turner's recent return from a sprained ankle.
Nov 18, 2019  |  01:34

Game Preview: Pacers at Nets

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM ET at Barclays Center
by Brendan Rourke
Pacers.com Contributor





Matchup

After dropping their last two games against teams featuring the past three MVP winners, the Pacers (7-6) look to revert back to their winning ways against the Brooklyn Nets (5-7) on Monday night at Barclays Center.

Indiana will look to record its second win this season against the Nets on the road. To do this, they might have to power through the injury bug once again. Despite Myles Turner returning to the lineup for their game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Blue & Gold lost T.J. McConnell (sore groin) and Malcolm Brogdon (sore lower back). In Indiana's previous matchup against Brooklyn, Turner rolled his ankle after trying to fight through a screen.

Having both Turner and Domantas Sabonis' presence on the glass will be needed to pick up the much-needed win. Coming into the game, the Nets are averaging the NBA's third-most rebounds per game (48.1). Veteran center DeAndre Jordan is leading the way, grabbing over 10 rebounds per game. Former Texas forward Jarrett Allen is currently averaging a career high 8.6 rebounds per contest. In comparison, the Pacers rank 18th in average rebounds per game (45.3).

Should he suit up against Indiana, the Pacers will also have to deal with the scoring prowess of Kyrie Irving once again. Irving is tied for fifth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 28.5 points per game. It will most likely be up to Aaron Holiday once again to slow him down. Irving is listed as day-to-day with a right shoulder impingement.

The Blue & Gold will also have to find a way to limit Joe Harris' effectiveness from the 3-point line. Harris is connecting on a team-best 44.9 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. The Pacers' rotational defense may be put to the test in this bout in Brooklyn.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Aaron Holiday, SG - Justin Holiday, SF - T.J. Warren, PF - Domantas Sabonis, C - Myles Turner
Nets: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Garrett Temple, SF - Joe Harris, PF - Taurean Prince, C - Jarrett Allen

Injury Report

Pacers: Jeremy Lamb - questionable (left ankle sprain), T.J. McConnell - questionable (sore right groin), Domantas Sabonis - questionable (bruised right hip), Malcolm Brogdon - out (sore lower back), Victor Oladipo - out (right knee surgery rehab), Edmond Sumner - out (right hand fracture)

Nets: Kyrie Irving - questionable (right shoulder impingement), Wilson Chandler - out (NBA suspension), Kevin Durant - out (right Achilles rehab), Caris LeVert - out (right thumb surgery)

Last Meeting

October 30, 2019: Four Pacers players scored 20 points or more as the Pacers recorded a 118-108 win for their first victory of the 2019-20 NBA season. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, and illustrated the team chemistry that was talked about during the offseason. Domantas Sabonis scored 29 points, one shy of his career high, Jeremy Lamb added 25, and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 21 points and 13 assists for his fourth straight double-double.

Indiana used its best start of the season to date to take a 16-6 lead in the early moments of the first quarter. The Nets eventually climbed back and took the lead, but T.J. Warren's 12-point third quarter performance, including his signature one-handed floater from the paint, gave the Pacers a 79-77 lead that they never relinquished.

"Monkey off our back,” Brogdon said after the game. "Now we can just play ball. I think this was the bigger step for us, figuring out our identity."

"I feel like in the second half of the trip on the road, we were finally clicking together," Sabonis said of the team. "[We're] finding some pieces and we were excited to come out tonight and keep building on what we've started."

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers lead the all-time regular season series against the Nets, 107-73.
  • The Blue & Gold have not lost a game at the Barclays Center since Oct. 28, 2016.
  • Indiana has won 10 out of its last 11 meetings against the Nets.
  • In their last matchup against the Nets, the Pacers scored 118 points – their highest total against Brooklyn since scoring 132 on October 20, 2018.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to open a four-game homestand against Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 PM ET. 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: 93.5/107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

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