Video: Sub Lavoy Allen provides boost

Pacers reserve forward has been hitting shots, rebounding tenaciously and playing decent defense with second unit.

Lavoy Allen didn’t care about his statistics, only that the Indiana Pacers lost Friday night.

But the reserve forward made noticeable contributions in the Pacers’ 97-89 loss to Memphis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. And perhaps it’s something to build on, considering Indiana’s inconsistency with its starters.

Allen scored eight points, grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, assisted on two baskets and blocked one shot in about 26 minutes.

“I thought I had a rough second half,” said the fourth-year pro, hard on himself although he hit both of his shots and had three rebounds and one steal after halftime. “I wasn’t really excited about that.”

Afterward, Pacers coach Frank Vogel was asked if Allen could be an option to start after the starters were outscored 76-40.

“We'll see. We'll see,” Vogel said. “He is playing great in a lot of facets. He’s knocking down shots and rebounding the ball.”

When Vogel went to his second unit in the second quarter Friday night, the Pacers followed backup point guard Rodney Stuckey’s lead. They outscored the Grizzlies 20-7 for more than half of the second quarter with Lavoy hitting a 17-foot jumper to take a 39-30 lead.

The advantage reached 10 points before the starters returned. The Pacers outscored the Grizzlies 34-22 in the second quarter for an eight-point halftime lead.

“The second quarter, we really got going and blew the game up a little bit,” Allen said. “Rodney Stuckey was making aggressive plays to the basket, which really helps. Once he makes a layup or two, that opens up our shooters and our bigs.”

The other player acquired in the Danny Granger-Evan Turner trade with Philadelphia last season, Allen had six points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal in the Pacers’ 103-91 opening win over Philadelphia Wednesday night.

The Pacers (1-1) travel to Atlanta Saturday night.

“We’ve got to make up for it,” Allen said of the loss.

Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.


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