Indiana Pacers: Three things learned in win over Lakers

Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. Warren have a good thing going

New members to the Pacers this season have been some of the team’s most productive players. That is especially true with the combination of Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. Warren.

The point guard and small forward have showcased a great sense of chemistry, especially for only having 28 games under their belt.

The dynamic duo is ranked fourth in the NBA in assist combinations.

So far this season there have been 57 assists between Brogdon and Warren. That is behind LeBron James/Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons/Tobias Harris, and Lou Williams/Montrezl Harrell.

Not bad company for Brogdon and Warren.

Against the Lakers, Brogdon finished with 14 points and six assists. One of those six assists came early in the third quarter as Brogdon found a streaking Warren in transition to tie the game. That shift in momentum would eventually lead the Pacers to victory.

Warren has been regarded as a professional scorer and his average of 17.6 points per game has given the Pacers a boost on offense all season. However, Warren was unable to find a rhythm in the first half.

The early lack of production wouldn’t stop the small forward from continuing to pull the trigger. Warren’s 12-point second half is a clear indication that the Pacers need Warren to close out a close game and strong opponent.

Besides his ability to score, Warren has also showcased an ability to defend and rebound. Two aspects of his game that were not overly prevalent in his time with the Phoenix Suns.

Finishing with five rebounds and three blocks, Warren brought full effort and that is something that has trickled down throughout the entire roster. Warren’s performance against the Lakers was a well-rounded effort that was integral in earning the win.

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Brogdon and Warren will only continue to improve which is exciting as 2020 approaches and the return of Oladipo is on the horizon.