Indiana Pacers: 3 takeaways from the loss to the Toronto Raptors

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Indiana Pacers, TJ McConnell
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The Indiana Pacers badly need help at the point guard position

We’ve already anticipated the doom that Brogdon’s injury brings, but at this rate, saying that the Indiana Pacers can still get by with compromises may be a tad too generous for the objective eye. For the second consecutive game, the team’s remaining floor generals struggled and failed to move the needle much, if at all.

TJ McConnell registered seven assists, but at the cost of three turnovers. His complete lack of a three-point game essentially allowed the Raptors to aggressively defend the lane without much risk of conceding points. It’s becoming clearer that he is much better off playing loosely with the second unit where the ball is mostly in his hands.

Brad Wanamaker, on the other hand, in almost 10 minutes of court time, was hardly felt. Aside from a block, he was MIA in his short run, missing both of his shots, committing a turnover, and failing to even tally an assist. It seems like my premonition was right all along.

The easy fix, of course, is to have Brogdon back. However, with his intermittent injuries, expecting him back at full throttle over the course of the season is not viable. The Pacers simply have an unerring need for help in the point guard position.