Indiana Pacers Preseason Game #3: Things I Learned
- While it’s only preseason, Paul George is showing off his game with a great game of 20 points. If he’s going to be able to produce this in the regular season, the Pacers will be going places. He needs to continue being this aggressive type player that we saw flashes of last season. Consistency will be a major theme for the Pacers this season if they want to make that push towards a division title. If Paul George becomes the consistent player that the front office thinks he can be, we’ll be seeing so much more out of him. This is the perfect time to break through and make this third season his coming out party.
- It looks like two of the Pacers’ big men are ready for the regular season as Roy Hibbert and David West put together solid games. David West put together a game of 11 points and 3 rebounds in the first quarter. He wasn’t going to play much, so that’s quite efficient for the time he played. Even hitting 5 of 5 from the free throw line.
- Roy Hibbert had his own efficient game with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks, and even two assists. He completed a sweet alley oop pass to Paul George, which might have been the first of his playing career. If Roy Hibbert gets close to that production, just like George, this Pacers team is going to be great. They will be a defensive team that people won’t want to drive into the lane on.
- David West and Roy Hibbert are going to be those anchors in the post that the Pacers can count on the defensive end. I look for the Pacers to really step up that end of the court. Coach Frank Vogel wants this team to play smash mouth and getting blocks and hands in the faces of the offense will be key. It makes you very excited to see Hibbert put together that type of game he did.
- One area to work on for the Pacers will be turnovers. They did have games last season of almost 20 turnovers and that can’t happen if they hope to beat a team like Miami or Oklahoma City this season. They need to watch their passes and how they are handling the ball. It will be very important for a guy like D.J. Augustin to control the offense for the second unit. I think we’ll see what he’s made of this season when he gets a good chunk of playing time.