From the "universally respected here" Mike Brown
The team has suffered through 59 turnovers, 21 from point guards Jamison Brewer and Rashad Wright. Brewer also has struggled through 1 of 11 shooting.
“Jamison is a defensive specialist,” Brown said. “He’s almost like the Ben Wallace of point guards. He can really change the outcome of a basketball game with his defensive ability, his athleticism, his length, his ability to rebound and his ability to push the ball. Having said that, he has to continue to get better on the offensive end, in terms of controlling the tempo and knowing when to take control of the team.
“This summer league is great for him because it’s been a learning experience. He’s done a heck of a job trying to learn. Part of it is he’s playing with some inexperienced players now. He’s got to figure out, ‘I’m the guy, this is my team, how do I make those guys better?’ More than anything, his learning curve of doing that is the problem with the turnovers.”
Brown said Wright, a second-round pick from Georgia, initially struggled to adapt to the physical nature of the game but showed signs of progress in the second half of the Utah game.
“He came in and took control of the team, took control of the situation, was aggressive, was strong with the basketball and didn’t back down from anybody,” Brown said. “Like Brewer, these are young guys and they just need floor time.”
Two injuries have affected the team. Shooting guard Luke Recker scored six points in four minutes in the Dallas game but left with a pulled hamstring. He stayed with the team and is expected to return to action this week, possibly as soon as tonight. Small forward Joe Bunn suffered a high ankle sprain and opted to leave the team. He was replaced on the roster by center Sani Ibrahim, who was with the Pacers during their rookie and free agent camp last week.