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Pacers’ Tyreke Evans will miss game vs. Cavs because he was late for practice

Tyreke Evans, Pacers

The Indiana Pacers will be without Tyreke Evans in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. According to the Pacers, Evans violated team rules and will be suspended for the game. But Evans is taking his punishment in stride and released a statement to own up to his mistake.

“I was late for practice. This is the most professional and team-oriented organization I have been with in my career. They deserve my best every day and I am disappointed in myself for causing a distraction that prevents me from being able to help my team tomorrow. I will do better.”

This is a job well done by all involved. The Pacers and head coach Nate McMillan are laying down the law, and Evans is handling it like a professional. Evans is new to this organization, and it sounds like he’s fine with how the Pacers are handling his tardiness.

Not to mention, it’s not the worst game for Evans to miss. The Cavaliers have been brutal this season, so the Pacers should be able to easily dispatch of Cleveland — even without Evans in the lineup.

Cleveland looks lost without LeBron James. Earlier in 2018, the Cavs sent Victor Oladipo and co. home in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs. Now the Cavs are struggling to lock down their first win of the season.

The Pacers shouldn’t be too worried about their chances against Cleveland on Saturday, even without Tyreke Evans.