Player News - Pacers

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George Hill was a full participant for Friday's light practice, but he will continue to come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Kings.

Hill is expected to remain with a minutes restriction for Saturday's game, so owners still holding on will need to remain patient as Hill is eased back into the rotation. After Saturday, the Pacers don't play again until Wednesday, and there's a chance his workload is increased for that game.
Jan 30 - 1:57 PM

Shayne Whittington has been recalled from the D-League.

Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel said the move was to provide insurance in case Lavoy Allen (knee) is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Kings, stating: "He'll be our fifth big if Lavoy is out." The fifth big in the rotation is not a guy that is likely to offer any fantasy value to teams in most formats. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 30 - 1:56 PM

Luis Scola (rest) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Kings.

With Lavoy Allen (knee) being listed as questionable, there's a chance Frank Vogel is forced to bring Scola back into the rotation. However, Scola wasn't even able to carve out standard league value as a starter for Indiana, so he's not going to be an option in most leagues as a reserve. Chris Copeland figures to be the primary big off the bench if both Allen and Scola are unavailable on Saturday.
Jan 30 - 1:08 PM

Lavoy Allen (knee) is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings.

If Allen sits Chris Copeland will have the opportunity to step back into the rotation, but as a reserve playing behind David West, neither Allen nor Copeland can be expected to do enough statistically for consideration in most leagues.
Jan 30 - 1:08 PM

C.J. Miles played 13 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

His minutes were held in check tonight because of a nagging groin injury. Miles can't make shots and is hurt far too often to be owned in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 10:37 PM

Rodney Stuckey was terrific against the Knicks on Thursday during 103-82 victory with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

That's back-to-back 22-point games from Stuckey. He's making the most of the Pacers backcourt dealing with leg injuries, but it's only a matter of time until he cools off. Stuckey doesn't get steals, hit treys and he's inefficient, so he'll need to stay very hot in points and dimes to be a top-125 guy.
Jan 29 - 10:34 PM

Roy Hibbert was excellent against the Knicks on Thursday with 18 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

Yes, this was the Knicks, but Hibbert made 9-of-11 from the field. Hibbert has three good games in a row after looking like a lost cause four games ago. He's going to be an up-and-down guy the rest of the way, so trying to trade him after a hot streak seems like the logical move.
Jan 29 - 10:30 PM

George Hill played 12 minutes off the bench because of garbage time on Thursday, finishing with eight points, two rebounds and three assists.

There were some bright spots, but he still doesn't look right and his quickness is just not there. Based on tonight, he's likely going to have a minutes cap for a couple weeks. If you don't feel like waiting for him to come around and there is a promising player on your wire, it's not a bad idea to drop Hill.
Jan 29 - 10:07 PM

Luis Scola was rested on Thursday night.

It was scheduled rest, according to coach Frank Vogel. Scola is not going to have much fantasy value while David West is healthy and his upside isn't high anyway, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Jan 29 - 10:04 PM

Lavoy Allen is dealing with sore right knee and will not return to Thursday's game against the Knicks.

He hobbled back to the locker room under his own power with only a slight limp. This injury doesn't sound serious, but the timing is interesting because he leapfrogged Luis Scola for the No. 2 power forward spot tonight. He left the game with eight points, five boards and one assist in nine minutes.
Jan 29 - 8:20 PM

George Hill will remain on his 20 minutes per game limit until Saturday, after which the Pacers hope to increase his workload.

While Hill has been limited to 20 minutes per game over his last three outings, he's still been able to put up serviceable numbers, averaging 14.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. He'll have a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, so feel free to roll him out there.
Jan 29 - 5:37 PM

C.J. Miles (groin) will play in short stretches for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

It sounds like he's going to come off the bench, as Frank Vogel would like to ease him back into the rotation. Although he has a favorable matchup against the Knicks tonight, the minutes limit makes him a risky option in daily leagues.
Jan 29 - 5:28 PM

C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

Miles was seen going through extra shooting drills after shootaround so that could be a good sign for his availability Thursday night. If Miles sits for the third consecutive game, Rodney Stuckey would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez also picking up some extra minutes.

George Hill (leg) missed practice on Wednesday.

"To not be able to start the season with these guys and go through all these battles with them and then coming back for a couple games and it's [another injury], that [is bad]," Hill said. Not good. He just can't stay healthy this season and is almost a lock to miss games at some point. We should consider him questionable to play against the Knicks on Thursday.
Jan 28 - 4:58 PM

C.J. Miles (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Knicks.

He got a chance to rest on Tuesday against the Raptors but his status likely won't be determined until closer to tip-off. If Miles is forced to sit again, expect Rodney Stuckey to be the primary beneficiary, with C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez picking up some additional minutes as well.

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