The Pacers are back in action on Tuesday after dropping their first game to the Knicks on Monday.
The Pacers play the back half of a rare Summer League back-to-back on Tuesday evening when they face the Summer Hawks.
The Hawks are highlighted by rookies Jaylen Johnson and Sharife Cooper who both showed up well in the team’s 85-83 loss to the Celtics on Sunday. Cooper fell into the second round in the draft, presumably due to his size and struggles with perimeter shooting. But the quick point guard can make plays and break down a defense which he showed in the opener.
Minutes distribution and player availability are always in flux from game to game in Summer League. It makes sense to continue giving Chris Duarte plenty of playing time, but a guy like Oshae Brissett who played big minutes yesterday and has experience with the Pacers may be used less to give others on the roster some run.
The Pacers executed pretty well in the opener considering the lack of familiarity with the coaching expectations and, well each other. At a minimum, a little more Cassius Stanley would be nice to watch to see if he can make a positive impact and earn more minutes, as Brissett did against the Knicks.
Pacers vs. Hawks, 6 p.m. ET on NBA TV
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Check out the links:
Game Rewind: Pacers 86, Knicks 94 (Summer League) | Indiana Pacers
Pacers: It’s just summer league but Chris Duarte put on a show – Indy Star
New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers Aug 9, 2021 Game Summary | NBA.com
Pacers’ Chris Duarte shows why Knicks tried to trade up for him – NY Post
Pacers’ Duane Washington Jr. nearly perfect in summer league debut
Preview: Atlanta Hawks take on Indiana Pacers in Vegas – Peachtree Hoops
Cooper, Johnson flash potential in Hawks Summer League opener – Peachtree Hoops
NBA Player Tiers: LaMelo Ball, Kyle Lowry & Julius Randle check in at Tier 4 alongside 40 other players – The Athletic
Chris Duarte, new-look Pacers on display at last in Summer League – by Scott Agness – Fieldhouse Files with Scott Agness
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