Game Preview: Pacers at Timberwolves

Last Updated: Oct. 23 at 10:45 AM

Matchup

Without Myles Turner, the Pacers are struggling to find wins.

Due to a concussion suffered in the final minutes of opening night, Myles Turner has missed the last two games for Indiana (1-2), each of which the Pacers have fell.

In their most recent game, a 112-108 loss to the Heat, the Pacers showed serious fight, rallying back from a 21-point deficit on the road to make it a one possession game in the final moments. Miami, however, was able to close the game out at the foul line.

In Turner’s absence, forward Domantas Sabonis has been a weapon for the Pacers, finishing the night with a double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds). Sabonis’ 12 boards were a career high for the second-year forward.

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In addition to Sabonis, Victor Oladipo was exceptional against Miami, racking up a season-best 28 points while drilling 4-of-8 shots from behind the arc.

But on Tuesday night, when the Pacers square off against the new-look Timberwolves, Indiana will need more contributions to get its first road win of the season.

While the trade of Paul George was one of the biggest stories of the offseason, the Timberwolves made news as well, acquiring Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls.

Butler joins Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to make a formidable big three, not to mention the services of Jeff Teague, who signed with Minnesota as a free agent.

The Timberwolves are coming off one of the best games of the NBA season to date, a 115-113 win over the Thunder, which featured three lead-changing shots in the final 10 seconds, the third of which came from the hands of Wiggins, who banked in the game winner.

Tuesday’s game is the first of a back-to-back to close out Indiana’s three-game road swing. Following their matchup with the Timberwolves, the Pacers fly to Oklahoma City for their much-anticipated showdown with Paul George and the Thunder.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG – Darren Collison, SG – Victor Oladipo, SF – Bojan Bogdanovic, PF – Thaddeus Young, C – Domantas Sabonis
Timberwolves: PG – Jeff Teague, SG – Andrew Wiggins, SF – Jimmy Butler, PF – Taj Gibson, C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury Report

Pacers: Glenn Robinson III – out (left ankle surgery rehabilitation), Edmond Sumner – out (left knee surgery rehabilitation), Myles Turner – out (sore neck, concussion)

Timberwolves:Justin Patton – out (surgery on left foot)

Last Meeting

March 28, 2017: After leading for much of the fourth quarter, the Pacers were whistled for a foul on Ricky Rubio, who was in the act of shooting a 3-pointer. Rubio hit all three of his free throws, putting the Timberwolves on top where they completed a 115-114 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana had one last chance to win, as the Pacers put the game in the hands of Paul George with 3.4 seconds to play. George received the inbounds pass at the top of the key and took stock of the defense. With a double-team closing in, George rifled a pass to Monta Ellis, whose last-second desperation 3-pointer didn’t go down, ending the Pacers’ evening.

“(Rubio) made a good play, he drew a foul. It was a tough one at that time, but they called it. I guess my arm got caught in there when (Gorgui) Dieng ran into me,” Jeff Teague said. “I don’t know (if it was a foul). I get that call all the time. The play before was a bad play. I didn’t realize the shot clock had more time and I shot a bad shot just trying to get it on the rim. Two bad plays on my part and we lose the game.”

Paul George racked up 37 points for the Pacers and Jeff Teague finished with a double-double (20 points, 10 assists).

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers lead the all-time series between the teams 35-19 and have a 14-13 edge when playing at Minnesota.
  • Minnesota’s starting guard is Jeff Teague, who attended Pike High School in Indianapolis and played for the Pacers last season.
  • The Timberwolves also have point guard Aaron Brooks, who came off the bench for the Pacers last year.

Tickets

The Pacers return from their three-game road trip to face LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 PM ET Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

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Away Game Night Special

Pacers Mini Hoop Set – $10. Game Night Specials can be purchased online the day of each away game from 10:00 AM – Midnight. Order Online »

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Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special

Primary Logo Tee – $12. Game Night Specials can be purchased in the Home Court Gift Shop or any of our souvenir stands located on all levels of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The special is also available online at PacersTeamStore.com until midnight.


Construction Note: The city’s department of public works is replacing the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Street from just north of Georgia Street to Bankers Life Court. Portions of the sidewalk may be closed, but pedestrians should still have access to the Pennsylvania Street entrance of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Coors Cold Hard Fact

Before coming to Indiana, Nate McMillan was the head coach of the Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2012. While there, he climbed to third on the franchise’s all-time wins list and became only the second coach in NBA history to improve a team by nine wins or more in three straight seasons.

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