Thursday, October 19, 2006

Preseason Game 5 vs. Charlotte Bobcats

The Pacers had their best outing of the preseason tonight beating Bob's Cats, 109-96. Al led the way, scoring 25 with a nice array of interior moves. The team had a 3-1 assist/turnover ratio which is an incredible improvement. That improvement was due to a solid outing by Jamaal Tinsley. JO and Granger sat out tending to their injuries but the newcomers filled in nicely.

In fact, the big story from this game is the play of Rawle Marshall and Josh Powell. These guys must be on this roster. John Edwards, Snap Hunter, and Sean Lampley are earmarked for release but that leaves one more. With underperforming players like Saras supposedly protected, the numbers game always points to Powell, Marshall, and Orien Greene. Desparate times may necessitate Shawne Williams going to the D-league until another spot opens up.

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