Things have been not been going well for the Indiana Pacers thus far this season. It got worse on Monday. The team was already with franchise player Paul George for the past couple of games. Myles Turner ended up sitting out against the Golden State Warriors as well. To make matters worse, the Pacers might have lost starting guard George Teague for a couple of games now. The Warriors defeated the Pacers by a score of 120-83, as reported by ESPN.
During the game, Jeff Teague, who was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks over the summer, sprained his ankle. It was bad enough that the veteran needed to leave the game. While he might be trying to downplay the situation, Teague stated that he could have gone back in the game had the Indiana Pacers needed him to. Teague was discarded by the Hawks because the team wanted to go with Dennis Schroder as their point guard of the future.
Fortunately for the Indiana Pacers, the injury to Jeff Teague did not happen until after he played 26 minutes. That means that head coach Nate McMillan did not have to make a major change to his rotation at the last minute,
The Indiana Pacers did not receive a lot of production on the offensive end from their starting lineup. George Teague had 11 points, while Thaddeus Young provided 14 points. The Pacers really did not envision Young being one of their top scorers when they acquired him from the Brooklyn Nets this past summer.
Glenn Robinson III tried to provide an offensive spark for the Indiana Pacers. He took 14 shots in the game, but he missed 11 of those attempts.
The best offensive output that the team received was from someone that was coming off the bench. Rodney Stuckey produced 21 points for the team. The veteran guard was able to get to the free throw line eight times, missing just once.
When it came to offense, the Golden State Warriors had no issues with putting up points.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, viewed by many as the best guard combination in the NBA, combined for 47 points. Curry and Thompson have had bigger nights than that on many occasions, but against the Indiana Pacers, that was more than enough of a contribution. Curry also contributed six rebounds and six assists, while being perfect during the eight times that he was sent to the charity stripe.
Kevin Durant only took nine shots against the Indiana Pacers, which was good enough for 14 points. The belief is that the All Star small forward decided to conserve his energy because he knew that the Golden State Warriors could overcome a depleted opponent. With that said, Durant still had 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.
Draymond Green came pretty close again to notching a triple double with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The versatile and undersized power forward also added two steals and two blocks as well.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr utilized eight players off the bench. None of them really made a huge contribution, but it was not needed. Backup shooting guard Ian Clark might have been the most valuable reserve with 10 points and six rebounds. Clark, Patrick McCaw and Andre Igoudala combined for six shots from beyond the three point line, which forced the Indiana Pacers defense to stay on their toes.
With the victory, the Golden State Warriors now have a 12-2 record, which puts them into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for the division lead.
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