Final thoughts and conclusion
Despite not getting the win, the Indiana Pacers showed some real promise on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The new additions showed promise, the two first-round rookies played like seasoned veterans, the young guys made their strides, and this was all without their two top point guards, with swingmen and forwards doing most of the ballhandling.
Indiana’s expectations have been all over the place this year, with some projecting them to make the playoffs as a top-six seed, skipping the play-in altogether. In contrast, others have them out of the playoffs and just barely making the Play-In Tournament, if not being in the lottery again.
If this game is anything to go by, Indiana is in for an exhilarating season with the new additions and rookies, and we can only imagine what adding Tyrese Haliburton and Andrew Nembhard will do for the core. The future is bright in Indiana for the first time in a while, and Pacers fans have a right to be excited about what the coming months hold.
Haliburton is an All-Star, Myles Turner wants to be one, Bennedict Mathurin is poised to make strides, and the rest of the young core looked great against Memphis. The sky is the limit for Indiana, and keep in mind, we’re not even in the regular season yet.