Sumner tallied 22 points (5-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 9-11 FT), four rebounds, two steals and one assist across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 135-134 win over the Hawks.
Sumner had the best game of his career Wednesday night, seeing 30 minutes en route to a 22-point performance, three of those points coming in the final seconds on free-throws to give the Pacers the victory. His showing was a good audition for prospective teams looking for depth next season.
Sumner posted 34 points (13-23 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block in the 122-115 loss Tuesday to the Charge.
Sumner made his return to the G League after spending just over a month with the Pacers, receiving a few starts in between as Indiana grappled with a lack of depth in the backcourt. The return to Fort Wayne means Jordan Barnett and Ike Nwamu will likely see less minutes, as the two had been essentially soaking up more playing time at small forward and shooting guard, respectively.
Sumner was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League on Tuesday.
While Sumner did get his two-way contracted converted into one that secures him for the rest of the season, he's fallen completely out of the rotation since the arrival of Wesley Matthews. Expect Sumner to play with the Mad Ants when able to this season so he can get some extended in-game action while riding the pine in Indiana.
A second-round pick out of Xavier in 2017, Sumner had been playing his first two seasons of professional ball on a two-year, two-way contract. The season-ending injury to Victor Oladipo (knee) resulted in being incorporated in the rotation in late January, with the swingman averaging 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal while logging double-digit minutes in the past eight contests. He was a candidate to head back to the G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants with the newly signed Wesley Matthews slated to make his Indiana debut Monday against the Hornets, but Sumner's new deal should keep him with the parent club for the foreseeable future. Sumner is still a candidate to lose his regular spot in the rotation with the addition of Matthews, however.
Sumner had a 17-point effort his last time out but otherwise has't offered much off the bench over the past five games while playing fewer than 20 minutes on each occasion. He could be bumped out of the rotation and head back to the G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants once the Pacers finalize a contract with veteran swingman Wesley Matthews, who has committed to sign with Indiana when his buyout from the Knicks is completed.
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