NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 25th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (19-37) at Indiana Pacers (42-13), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers are expected to unveil their newest
acquisition Tuesday night when they host the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers
Evan Turner, who was acquired with Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers on
trade deadline day Thursday for Danny Granger, is expected to make his Pacers
debut against the Lakers.
"I'm going to keep my eyes and my ears open, try to walk the way they walk and
get used to their foundation and standards," said Turner. "I think that's the
most important thing."
Turner will be used as a bench player for Indiana, spelling both All-Star Paul
George and Lance Stephenson.
Allen is not expected to see action on Tuesday.
The Pacers have alternated losses and wins over their last six and their lead
in the Eastern Conference is down to 1 1/2 games over the two-time defending
champion Miami Heat.
On Saturday, the trio of George, David West and Stephenson combined for 86 of
Indiana's 110 points as the Pacers topped the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 at the
George poured in a game-high 32 points after connecting on 5-of-7 shots from
behind the arc, West tallied 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting and Stephenson
flirted with a triple-double, contributing 24 points, nine rebounds and eight
The Lakers have dropped five of their last six, all at home. They embark on a
two-game road trip against the Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday
On Sunday, the Lakers fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 108-102 in a game that will
be remembered for its social significance more than anything else. Jason
Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Nets and became the first openly gay
player in any of the major sports. Collins was scoreless in 10:37.
The Lakers defense was awful, especially early as the Nets scored 33 points in
the first quarter and 30 in the second.
"I did not like our lack of toughness in the first half. We were like a sieve
out there. You can't spot those guys that many points," Lakers head coach Mike
Pau Gasol totaled team highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Jodie Meeks
checked in with 19 points for the Lakers. New acquisition Kent Bazemore went
for 17, followed by 11 from Jordan Hill.
Nick Young returned from a six-game absence with a fractured bone in his left
knee and chipped in 10 points.
The Pacers beat the Lakers by 12 in the Staples Center on Jan. 28, although
the Lakers have won three straight as the visitor in this series.
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