Pacers: Expectations tonight for Domantas Sabonis in NBA All-Star game

The Indiana Pacers will be represented tonight in the NBA All-Star game by Domantas Sabonis. In his first career appearance, here are some things to expect from the big man.

The Indiana Pacers and its fans are proud to have Domantas Sabonis represent the Gold and Blue tonight in Chicago for the NBA All-Star game. Throughout the first half of the season, Sabonis has solidified himself as one of the most consistent big men in the NBA.

Sabonis is old school with his play, meaning his game doesn’t necessarily have the flare for the dramatic like his other Team LeBron counterparts, but the hybrid power forward/center simply gets things done.

With the abundance of talent on the floor tonight for the All-Star game, here are two things you can expect from Sabonis tonight:

Rebounding

The All-Star game has its bevy of lobs and unconventional jump shots, but where Sabonis can make his mark is in rebounding.

It’s no secret that Sabonis is one of the best rebounders in basketball so one way he can show the world his overall game is through putting full effort when it comes to grabbing boards.

He will have plenty of opportunities to do so. The All-Star game has continually been a contest where you can expect a multitude of shots on any given possession. Therefore, Pacers fans can expect Sabonis to take advantage and have a big night on the boards.

Old school post moves

Sabonis won’t be the best athlete on the floor tonight, but another aspect of his game that could be highlighted is his ability to make moves in the post. Against talents like Kristaps Porziņģis and Nikola Jokić this season Sabonis has shown the ability to create for himself using a diverse set of skills in the paint.

If Sabonis gets any free midrange or three-point opportunities, expect him to show no hesitation in pulling the trigger.

However, Sabonis has the unique ability to break a defender down and find separation at the rim. The big man will do whatever it takes to make fans recognize that he was worthy of being selected as an All-Sar.

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Throughout the season, Sabonis has showcased his ability to play with the best of them. Tonight will bring attention to his game to NBA fans worldwide. Pacers fans will be proud and with the All-Star game coming to Indianapolis in 2021, the best is yet to come.

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