Pacers vs Trail Blazers (Scrimmage)

Game Preview: Pacers vs Trail Blazers (Scrimmage)

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 3:30 PM ET at HP Field House

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After two weeks in the NBA bubble in Orlando, the Pacers will take the court for their first scrimmage on Thursday afternoon, taking on the Portland Trail Blazers in a 40-minute exhibition contest. It will be the first time the Blue & Gold have taken on another NBA team since March 10, when the Pacers hosted the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in their final game before the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We're just excited to play a different team," Pacers forward Doug McDermott said. "It's been a while, we're kind of sick of guarding each other."

Since arriving in Orlando on July 9 and participating in a 48-hour quarantine, the Pacers have held what essentially amounts to another training camp. To a man, Pacers players and coaches have expressed their pleasure with how well-conditioned everyone has appeared despite the four-month layoff.

Still, a few players have developed minor soft tissue injuries that could impact Nate McMillan's rotations for Thursday's scrimmage. All-Star big man Domantas Sabonis is unlikely to play Thursday due to plantar fasciitis. Starting center Myles Turner has missed a couple days of practice with a knee bruise and fellow big men Goga Bitadze and JaKarr Sampson have also dealt with soft tissue injuries. Starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon has been practicing with the team in Orlando after testing positive for COVID-19 in Indianapolis, but there are questions about his conditioning.

One player absent from the injury report is Victor Oladipo. The two-time All-Star initially planned to sit out the season restart, but after traveling to Orlando and feeling good in practice, Oladipo is now reconsidering his decision. McMillan said he thinks Oladipo will play in Thursday's scrimmage as he continues to weigh his decision, which is based largely on the short- and long-term health of his surgically repaired knee.

Thursday's scrimmage will be streamed live on Pacers.com and in the Pacers mobile app for fans within a 75-mile radius of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Nationally, fans can also catch the game on NBA TV. Both Pacers.com and NBA TV will also carry the upcoming scrimmages against Dallas on Sunday and San Antonio on Tuesday.

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: Pacers.com, Pacers mobile app - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst)
NBA TV - Broadcasters TBD
Radio: None





Sabonis Injury Update, Pacers Plans for Thursday's Scrimmage

July 22, 2020 - Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis provides an update on his plantar fasciitis and head coach Nate McMillan discusses the plan for the rest of the team for Thursday's scrimmage.

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Sabonis Injury Update, Pacers Plans for Thursday's Scrimmage

July 22, 2020 - Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis provides an update on his plantar fasciitis and head coach Nate McMillan discusses the plan for the rest of the team for Thursday's scrimmage.
Jul 22, 2020  |  02:31

Oladipo: There's a Strong Possibility I Might Play

July 15, 2020 - Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo explains why he is reconsidering his decision to sit out the 2019-20 NBA season restart after participating in practices with the team in Orlando.
Jul 15, 2020  |  02:14

Pacers Having Fun After First Week in Bubble

July 17, 2020 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and players Doug McDermott and Aaron Holiday share their takeaways after the first week of practice at the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Jul 17, 2020  |  01:43

McMillan Gives Injury Update as Pacers Prepare for Scrimmages

July 19, 2020 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan revealed which players are dealing with soft-tissue injuries and T.J. McConnell and T.J. Warren looked ahead to Indiana's first scrimmage in Orlando on Thursday.
Jul 19, 2020  |  02:45

Brogdon Recovered, Back at Practice

July 16, 2020 - Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon and head coach Nate McMillan discuss Brogdon's recovery from COVID-19, why he is wearing a mask at practice, and life in the NBA bubble.
Jul 16, 2020  |  02:06

Myles Turner Feeling Comfortable Back on Court

July 13, 2020 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan discusses Myles Turner's growth during the 2019-20 season and four-month hiatus and then Turner shares his thoughts on being back on the practice court in Orlando.
Jul 13, 2020  |  01:58

McMillan, Sabonis on Pacers' Conditioning

July 12, 2020 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and forward Domantas Sabonis discuss the Pacers' fitness level after holding their first two practices in fourth months.
Jul 12, 2020  |  02:36

McMillan, Brogdon on Team Discussions on Social Injustice

July 16, 2020 - Nate McMillan discusses a team screening of the documentary "13th" and Malcolm Brogdon reflects on discussion among the players about social injustice.
Jul 16, 2020  |  02:11

Jeremy Lamb's Rehab Progressing in Orlando

July 20, 2020 - Despite being out for the season, Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb elected to join his teammates in the NBA bubble. Lamb and coach Nate McMillan discuss his rehab.
Jul 20, 2020  |  02:13

Pacers Come Out of Quarantine for First Practice

July 11, 2020 - After a 48-hour quarantine after arriving at the NBA restart bubble in Orlando, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and players T.J. Warren and T.J. McConnell spoke with the media following the team's first practice in four months.
Jul 11, 2020  |  02:26
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

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