The Indiana Pacers need to run more inverted pick-and-roll

One of the ways the Pacers can utilize Pascal Siakam even more is by running more inverted pick-and-rolls.

Mar 16, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;  Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) celebrates with
Mar 16, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) celebrates with / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Indiana Pacers have two stars on their team that carry the majority of the load for them on a nightly basis. Both Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam is the driver of the offense. That's been even more true with Rick Carlisle staggering minutes to put Siakam with the second unit too.

When they are both on the floor, teams have to decide who to devote more resources to. Most of the time, it's been Haliburton. Teams help off other players to keep Haliburton from driving to his right hand. They are doing that even more now that Haliburton can't shoot threes.

Siakam is a master in the midrange and his length helps him get layups too. When he gets a head of steam, it's almost impossible for a defender to keep him from getting to his spot. There's one way the Pacers can make both of these guys more effective in the half-court though.

The Pacers need to run more inverted pick-and-rolls with Pascal Siakam and Tyrese Haliburton

Inverted pick-and-rolls should be a bigger part of their arsenal. One of the reasons the Pacers traded for Siakam is because he can handle the ball coming down the court. They should bring him down and use Haliburton as the screener in action at the top of the key.

Doing that will either force a switch with a smaller defender onto Siakam that he can bully into the paint, or Haliburton popping for an open three. If a smaller defender starts to get backed down, Siakam is a deft enough passer to find an open shooter that would then be open.

This would be an easy source of offense, something Indiana needs more of. They can use this action when they haven't scored in a while and the offense has gotten bogged down. It could help Haliburton break out of his slump too knowing he doesn't have to be the primary creator all of the time.

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Doing something like this could help the team be even more efficient on offense and make this team a little more dangerous down the stretch.