On Friday the Pacers played their final home game of the season, and it wasn’t necessarily what anyone would have expected of the game.
Specifically, Jaden Ivey lit up the Pacers roster in his visit to his home state. Jaden came to play in Indiana and made his presence known with some highlight-worthy plays in the first half.
Ivey finished the game with 29 points, five rebounds, and nine assists. On top of Ivey, Killian Hayes also had himself a game. And the above dunk wasn’t his only highlight of the game, with other high-flying dunks worthy of mention as well.
The former Boilermaker has had a great first season and we wish him all of the best as he continues to navigate his pro career! And who knows, he may just find himself in the blue and gold someday if he wants to.
What else did we learn in the loss to the Pistons?
- The Pacers seem to be in full-tank mode, which is good. They are currently tied for the sixth position in the draft, although this race is tight and the difference between fifth and seventh is extremely tight. We are encouraged that the Pacers seem to understand the importance of the draft this season.
- The Pacers continue to score in a relatively balanced way with six players over ten points and only one of them over twenty (22 for Buddy Hield). Getting young players onto the court will be important down the stretch, and getting this balanced time dynamic among the team will be important when the stars return next season.
- Hield continues to be the best player on the court when the majority of the starters are resting or injured. While there continues to be trade rumors about Hield, he is proving that he is a vital part of the Pacers future.