David West Leads Indiana Pacers to First Preseason Win, Shows Importance to Team

By Dylan Hughes
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA preseason is coming to an end, and the Indiana Pacers came into their sixth game winless, desperately searching for their first win. They faced off with their Central division foes in the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after an 0-5 preseason start, you know they had to be sick of losing.

There is one man on the Pacers that hates losing more than anyone, and he goes by the name of David West. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He is considered a “beast” by many along with being very tough to guard and very clutch. Well, he was certainly sick of seeing the L’s stack up and showed that in his performance Saturday night. West tallied 20 points, five rebounds, and three assists, carrying Indiana to a dominating 102-79 victory over the Cavs.

Re-signing West over the offseason was Larry Bird and the Pacers’ main concern, and after getting that done, Indiana could rest easy and go out looking for new talent. Indiana did a good job acquiring that new talent but did a better job at keeping West around. West wanted to stay and Indiana wanted him to stay, so it worked out.

Saturday night’s performance just shows how important West is to this Pacers team. He is a savvy veteran who can score however and whenever he wants to. His playoff experience will continue to benefit Indiana, along with his all-around ability to contribute to his squad.

Indiana did start off the preseason slow, but they seem to be picking up the slack as the regular season approaches. If they continue to improve throughout the last couple preseason games, they could have a strong start to their 2013-14 regular season campaign.

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