Sabonis tallied 10 points (3-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and five rebounds across 26 minutes during Indiana's 105-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Sabonis' scoring total led the bench and represented his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort to close out the series. The 21-year-old took double-digit shot attempts in all of those contests and played well over 20 minutes in the last five games against the Cavaliers overall. Sabonis' numbers were significantly improved across the board this season over those of his rookie campaign in Oklahoma City, as he finished with 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 24.5 minutes over 74 games (19 starts). Given his subsequent performance in the postseason, expectations for Sabonis will be elevated heading into the 2018-19 season.
Sabonis finished with 19 points (9-11 FG, 1-2 FT), and six rebounds in 22 minutes during Friday's 121-87 victory over the Cavaliers.
Sabonis had another strong offensive outing Friday, racking up 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The Pacers bench lacks scoring punch and Sabonis has done a nice job of picking up the slack throughout the series. He will need to deliver yet again if the Pacers hope to steal Game 7 in Cleveland on Sunday.
Sabonis notched 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 98-95 loss to the Cavaliers.
Sabonis has now recorded a team-high scoring total in each of the last two games, as he has been picking up the slack that Victor Oladipo has dropped for the Pacers. After his Game 4 outburst, Sabonis was rewarded with over 30 minutes of court time off the bench, and that trend shouldn't change in Game 6 as the Pacers search for offensive answers.
Sabonis produced 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and six rebounds across 25 minutes during Indiana's 104-100 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Sabonis surprisingly led the Pacers in scoring on the night in his bench role, after having posted no more than seven points in any of the previous three games against the Cavs. The second-year big man put up a series-high number of shot attempts and also managed his best rebound total of the first four first-round games. While his production Sunday was certainly encouraging, it remains to be seen if Sabonis will enjoy the same level of usage in Wednesday's critical Game 5.
Updating a previous report, Sabonis will remain in a bench role for Tuesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reports.
It was originally reported that Sabonis would start in place of Thad Young, who is being rested. However, the lineup has since been revised and Trevor Booker is expected to pick up the start at power forward instead, with Sabonis taking on his typical bench role. Even though he's coming off the bench, Sabonis could still see a an elevated role, though he'll certainly come with a slight risk considering his exact workload is somewhat of a mystery for the regular-season finale.
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