The Indiana Pacers have a situation where no one wants to be left out and everyone wants to be a part of the act. That includes Pacers forward-center Jeff Pendergraph, who’s been averaging four points and three rebounds a game in his third NBA season.
But with everyone else having strong games for the Pacers during the season, Pendergraph decided to get into the action also. He’s had some brief appearances and has held his own very well. The Pacer coaches need to give him a long look for the rest of the season.
The Pacers scored a huge 110-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Pendergraph had only been averaging 9.7 minutes a game, but he’s had 20 or more minutes his last three contests. He was 6-of-10 against the Hawks and 1-1 in threes for 14 points. He also had a 10-point performance against the Milwaukee Bucks in which he was 5-of-10.
Pendergraph showed some toughness against the Hawks. He had Orlando Johnson had a combined 11-of-14 shooting for 27 points during a key moment of the game.
Late in the game, Pendergraph and Johnson combined for 20 points. Later, Pendergraph and Josh Smith of the Hawks were hit with double technicals for trash talking.
Pendergraph realizes that, like any other player, he needs to earn his playing time and give it everything he’s got on the court. It’s been happening so far. The playoffs are approaching and he might get a chance to help his team in the postseason.