C.J. Miles knows he was brought to Indianapolis for instant offense.
The forward has come out firing for the Indiana Pacers with six 3-pointers in 13 shots. He’s averaging 12.3 points in three preseason games, although as a starter he hasn’t played many minutes.
The 10th-year pro scored 13 points in the first quarter of the Pacers’ 96-93 home loss to Orlando Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That included two 3-pointers. As is customary in preseason, when coach Frank Vogel juggles the lineups and tries to look at reserves more, Miles didn’t play any more after the opening quarter.
The Dallas native went home Sunday night and led his team with 19 points, including three more baskets from beyond the arc, in the Pacers’ 106-98 road loss to the Mavericks.
So far, so good for the Pacers’ newcomer.
Miles, signed in the offseason, averaged 9.9 points and hit 39.3 percent of his 3-pointers in 51 games for Cleveland last season. His best season was in 2010-11 with Utah, when he averaged 12.8 points. He’s a career 42-percent shooter from 3-point range.
A starter in 206 of 505 career games, his role changed when the Pacers lost All-Star guard/forward Paul George to a broken right leg in August. Miles will be expected to start and boost an offense not only missing George but adjusting to the free-agent departure of guard Lance Stephenson.
Here is Miles’ post-game interview after Friday’s loss to Orlando.
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