The Pacers pulled out a 95-86 win over the Boston Celtics to finish third in this year’s Orlando summer league. Ten teams played a series of games over the past week, and Indiana managed to come away with the bronze medal despite only having one NBA-rostered player on their squad.
Donald Sloan was the best player throughout the league for the Pacers, and finished the last game with his best outing yet, scoring 20 points and recording 10 assists.
Sloan enjoyed the competition, according to Pacers.com.
“It was a great experience,” said Sloan. “These are guys fighting to get in the league, much as I was a couple of years ago, and they played to win, not get stats. I felt the chemistry. On paper, we weren’t supposed to go 4-1. We played our style of basketball, played together and finished strong. Take away the first half of the first game (a big loss to Brooklyn) and we would be playing for the championship.
“I think all the scouts and coaches here this week looked at this team and Iiked how they played, how they competed and will give some of them a shot.”
Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke, who coached the team, added, “As an organization, we’re proud of these guys. They played their hearts out. Today was another example. It was our fifth game in seven days, we had just 10 turnovers and when Boston made a run, we stepped up and turned them back.”
Solomon Jones, the Pacers’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft, was expected to play but ended up sitting out the entire league with an ankle sprain.
The team also got a scare when assistant coach Popeye Jones was forced to miss the beginning of the free agent camp before summer league with a heart issue. Fortunately, after receiving treatment for was described at an “atrial flutter,” Jones was able to return to the sideline.