Game Night: Pacers Head to Toronto for Season Opener
Not much to say about tonight’s opener. About an hour from now, the first day of school starts. It won’t be like any other day of the year and we shouldn’t read too much into what happens even if that is difficult since it is the only information we have to go on.
Just remember that there are only two things more pointless than the first month of the NBA season: (1) summer league, and (2) the preseason. Forget everything you think you know. Remember when the Celtics were cooked last year for the first two months of the season only to take the Heat, a team Indiana lost to in six games, to seven in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In short, everything that has “happened” to this point no longer matters. And even the stuff that goes down in the next few games is more prologue than vitally important or season defining.
Danny Granger is injured and that is unfortunate, but perhaps not as devastating as if might at first seem provided that it doesn’t linger into December (or longer). George Hill isn’t 100 percent either. And Gerald Green will need to figure out how to carve out a role among four starters who played very well together to close last season.
These things do indeed matter.
How efficient Paul George was or how many cool dunks Gerald Green had in the preseason do not.
Other than that, the Pacers begin their loooong journey tonight in Toronto against the Raptors. Enjoy. Basketball is back.