AARON HOLIDAYPG, Indiana Pacers
The confidence of Holiday continues to grow. Holiday earned another start this evening against the Magic and took advantage. Displaying a willingness to pull the trigger, Holiday made his mark early from long range. A series of three-pointers in the first half provided Holiday with the confidence to play without doing too much thinking. Holiday finished with 11 points and three assists. Early foul trouble kept him off the floor late in the game, but the point guard will continue to learn as the season progresses.
MALCOLM BROGDONSG, Indiana Pacers
The silent assassin struck again. In his shooting guard role, Brogdon found his stroke from mid-range and never looked back. By composing the offense and playing to his strengths, Brogdon was able to dish out eight assists to go along with 19 points. Even though Brogdon turned the ball over on four different occasions, he was able to not let the mistakes determine the significance of his performance. Brogdon’s confidence was showcased as he sank a three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the game to seal the win for the Pacers. Big time bucket, for a big-time offseason pickup.
T.J. WARRENSF, Indiana Pacers
Warren has arguably been the most consistent Pacer outside of Brogdon. Another double-digit scoring performance by Warren allowed the Pacers to find life offensively through stagnant stretches of the game. Warren finished with 19 points by going 9-16 from the field, efficient and potent.
JAKARR SAMPSONPF, Indiana Pacers
It was a quieter night for Sampson. Earning another start due to the injury to the Myles Turner, Sampson could have had more of an impact. Despite logging a significant number of minutes, Sampson was unable to get into a groove. However, that’s just life in the NBA, not every night is yours. If Turner misses another game, expect Sampson to put this performance behind him and capitalize on the next opportunity.
DOMANTAS SABONISC, Indiana Pacers
Sabonis continues to be a problem for the rest of the NBA. No matter the flow or score of the game, Sabonis continues to make his presence known. Despite the length of Orlando, Sabonis had another strong outing in the rebounding department. Sabonis finished with 16 rebounds to go along with 21 points. With the absence of Turner, Sabonis knew his game needed to take the next step and he put that on display tonight against the Magic.