Oct 1, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) poses for a photo on media day at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers Preseason Game #1: What I Learned

Minnesota Timberwolves 84  Indiana Pacers  70

Looks like the Indiana Pacers have plenty of work to do this preseason.  This was definitely the first game of the season for the team as they shot around 36% and and committed 24 turnovers. In the regular season that won’t win any games, and last night it wasn’t going to win the game.  But what can we take away from this game?

  • Paul George needs to get his game under control as he had 5 of those turnovers.  This is an important season for George, and if he’s making that many turnovers a game, things won’t sit well for him.  He did lead the team in scoring with 16 points, but has to get the shooting percentage back up to par.
  • D.J. Augustin got some playing time with the team, which was needed.  Gerald Green got some playing time as well. Two guys that are going to be looked upon as big time bench players needed some time to mesh with the Pacers, and they should get that this preseason.
  • Tyler Hansbrough looked good rebounding. He was able to get 7 rebounds, and if he can stay right around that number, things will bode well for the second unit of the Pacers.  He can be a scorer at times, so having that rebounding added to his game could do wonders.
  • Jeff Pendergraph and Lance Stephenson each played over 20 minutes.  These are two guys that could do some work for the bench and make the Pacers a team that can go 10 players deep.  Pendergraph didn’t get much time last season, but maybe if his game can continue to grow, he’ll earn himself some more time.  Stephenson was looked upon with great potential, and I think he’s got a shot to play plenty with the second unit if his game gets to where it can be.  He’s got some passing skills that can work well for the Pacers.  If he gets a little more aggressive, he becomes an even better player.

The Pacers will get back to the friendly confines of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, where hopefully the home crowd pumps them up and helps gives them some energy to play a better game.  While the preseason doesn’t count that much, this team does need to work all those new guys in and make sure everyone is on the same page.  I am sure Coach Frank Vogel can motivate this team to show up a little bit better come Friday, and we’ll start to see what this Pacers team can really do once the season gets going.


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