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Not surprisingly, the style of play Indy wants to play and at times shows it can play mirrors the Raptors, who would witness the departure of Nate Bjorkgren when the Pacers were in the market for a new head coach; Sunday marks the first coaching matchup pitting Bjorkgren against good friend Nick Nurse; Indy has more size than the Raptors, but the first of a back-to-back set between these two figures to be good; once some injured players get the green light to return, the Pacers will feature some quality wings to complement the likes of Myles Turner and Domantis Sabonis in the frontcourt; Jeremy Lamb is back from a knee setback, while recent acquisition Caris LeVert (kidney), acquired in that blockbuster from Brooklyn that sent Victor Oladipo to Houston and T.J. Warren (foot) remain sidelined with neither expected back anytime soon.
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Lamb and Turner each scored 22 points, while Sabonis contributed 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in Indy’s win over the Magic … Turner, who had missed the past two games with a right hand injury, started cramping in the fourth quarter; ‘’It was frustrating not being out there in OT, but I think it was for the better,’’ he said … ‘’Our guys didn’t quit,’’ Bjorkgren said of a game that featured 17 lead changes. “They found themselves down in the fourth and found themselves down in overtime and kept coming back. The game was full of highs and lows.’’
— Frank Zicarelli