Central Notes: Evans, Thompson, Bulls

Still in the early stages of his first season with the Pacers, Tyreke Evans continues to find his groove and fit on the team. Evans posted his best game of the season in Indiana’s win on Friday, and has said that he is continuing to adjust to the offense and will look to be more assertive moving forward.

Signed this past offseason on a one-year deal, Evans serves as the Pacers’ sixth man, providing capable shooting and ball-handling in bench units. So far this season, Evans is averaging 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while knocking down 40 percent of his 3-pointers and playing 20.3 minutes per game.

The Pacers will continue to need Evans to step up alongside Victor Oladipo as they look to navigate the top of the Eastern Conference and cement themselves as true playoff contenders.

There’s more from the Central division:

  • With the Cavaliers suffering a slow start due to injuries and inconsistent play from many key rotational players, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic writes that amidst a career year, Tristan Thompson has also taken on a new role as a leader of the team, which is something the Cavaliers didn’t have when LeBron James left in 2010.
  • As the Bulls continue to struggle with injuries and inconsistent play, Mark Strotman of NBC Sports Chicago points out that the team is exactly where it should be given the injuries to some of its best players and the club’s primary focus on rebuilding and player development.
  • A recent Central Rumors post highlights Robin Lopez receiving more playing time to boost his trade value and provides updates on the injuries to Luke Kennard and John Henson.
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7 thoughts on “Central Notes: Evans, Thompson, Bulls

  1. x%sure

    Cavs have won their games by an average margin of 23 points.
    Only happened twice though.
    Tristan is making effort nowadays.

  2. Pacers never won a game without Oladipo last season. Oladipo went out 5 minutes into Saturday’s game that the Pacers won. Tyreke and Sabonis have been critical this season. Sabonis outplaying Turner is a problem. Coach McMillan says he wants Collison to push the tempo more.

    • The top story in Indy is the Colts have won 4 straight. Since cutting Andrew Luck loose, he hasn’t been sacked in 6 games and has thrown at least 3 touchdown passes in 7 straight games. Tom Brady has the record at 10. Andrew trails only Mahomes in touchdown passes this season. Luck is shutting up all his doubters. He’s not throwing interceptions during his streak either.

        • All teams are having trouble shooting from 3. Bogdonovich is 5th in 3 point shooting. He’s always up there. McDermott doesn’t score much, but shoots good from 3. Oladipo is down at .350 pct. Tyreke is down too. If not for Sabonis and Tyreke off the bench, the Pacers would have lost a lot more games. Aaron Holiday had a good game subbing for Oladipo. I think the Pacers would be fine using Sabonis and O’Quinn at center. With Trey Lyles being a stretch 4 from Indy, I wish the Pacers could use Turner in a 3 way trade and get Lyles.

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