The Indiana Pacers finished up their 2012 NBA Summer League play in Orlando on Friday with a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The loss was Indiana’s third defeat in five days, leaving the Pacers with a 2-3 record for the week.
The Pacers started the week well, with victories on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers, and on Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunders’ Summer League squad. The Pacers followed up that impressive start with three straight losses to finish up the week. On Wednesday, Indiana fought hard, but ended up falling to the young roster and 2012 NBA Draft picks of the Boston Celtics. On Thursday, Indiana fell behind, made a late comeback, but still lost to the Utah Jazz. Friday’s loss was the most lop-sided of the week, as the Pacers finished up the Summer League with a 90-77 defeat by Brooklyn.
Even though the Pacers ended up with a losing record for the week, Indiana’s Summer League sessions resulted with more positives than negatives. Indiana’s team, which consisted of their two 2012 NBA Draft picks, a couple of current Pacer bench players, and several NBA Developmental League hopefuls, showed promise during their five-game stretch in Orlando. Third-year guard Lance Stephenson and first round draft pick Miles Plumlee were both named to the Airtran Airways Orlando All-Summer League First Team. Both players showed cohesion and ability on both ends of the floor, even throughout the losses. The praise was especially beneficial for Plumlee, who has been battered in the media and by fans since he was drafted by the Pacers last month.