Grades: Indiana Pacers get hollow revenge against Cleveland Cavaliers

The Indiana Pacers got a bit of too-late revenge against the LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, winning their preseason matchup 111-102.

The Indiana Pacers won a game of preseason basketball tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In a Game 8 of last season’s first-round matchup that no one asked for, the Pacers came out in droves, building up a large lead by halftime. The team meshed together well, and lots of new faces made an impact on the evening. A late comeback from the Cavaliers was discouraging but didn’t amount to anything, as the Pacers held on to grab their second win of the pre-season.

Cleveland Cavaliers
102
Indiana Pacers
111

The Good: The team’s chemistry is coming together quite nicely – the starters still got it. Edmond Sumner is still out to impress this preseason. Victor Oladipo woke up this morning and was Victor Oladipo.

The Bad: The game was essentially put away before the fourth quarter began and some lazy defense (along with some admittedly lucky three-bombs from Cleveland) brought the Cavaliers right back into it. It’s preseason, sure, but it’s never a good sign to see 20-point leads brought to single digits in the second half.

MVP: The sun rises from the east and sets in the west, Indiana potholes multiply like bunnies, and Victor Oladipo is this game’s MVP. You can basically just copy and paste this into most of the post-game grades this year.

LVP: Everyone at home who was forced to watch that Baylor-Kansas replay instead of the first quarter of this game. Fox Sports still shaking off the offseason rust.

X-Factor: Edmond Sumner has made a name for himself this preseason. 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in only 18 minutes of action, and he’s consistently getting to the rim at an elite level. Sorry, Aaron Holiday.

DARREN COLLISON

PG, Indiana Pacers

B -

A classic Darren Collison game. Didn’t really notice him much on the court, but stuffed the stat sheet with four assists and four steals. He hasn’t made a three yet this preseason though, reminding us that his insane 3P% last year is not sustainable.

VICTOR OLADIPO

SG, Indiana Pacers

A

23-6-3-2 in 28 minutes. So far, so good for the “Victor has reached even another level” soundbite that’s circulated all offseason.

BOJAN BOGDANOVIC

SF, Indiana Pacers

C +

The stat sheet was not kind to Bogey tonight, though he did make a lot of the right plays, setting good enough screens and getting open looks. His shot wasn’t falling, but his impact wasn’t totally lost in the box score, as he had a team-high +16 for the game.
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MYLES TURNER

C, Indiana Pacers

B

Myles still hasn’t hit a three this preseason, but came through in a big way in other facets of the game, as well as making several highlight blocks throughout the evening. 8 points in 26 minutes isn’t what you want out of him, but he was definitely a presence on the floor tonight.