Player News - Pacers

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Rodney Stuckey played just 16 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, and hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points in Wednesday's win.

He also had three rebounds, five assists and a steal, and his two 3-pointers were quite unexpected. He's been bothered by a foot injury, but should be an effective fantasy player once he's fully healthy. Just don't expect him to fill the stat sheet like he did tonight on a regular basis.
Oct 29 - 11:20 PM

Chris Copeland came off the bench to hit 4-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in 26 minutes.

His ability to rebound and hit 3-pointers is intriguing and the Pacers simply need him to score off the bench. He's worth owning in deeper leagues, and worth watching closely in most others after his nice preseason run.
Oct 29 - 11:17 PM

C.J. Miles started at shooting guard on Wednesday and hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, one rebound and two assists in a win over the Sixers.

He got off to a rough start shooting the ball tonight, but calmed down to play effectively. He's still not a must-start fantasy player, but is probably worth owning in most leagues as long as he's starting.
Oct 29 - 11:15 PM

Donald Sloan hit 6-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.

He should start at PG for a few weeks as George Hill recovers from a knee injury, and Sloan looked great tonight with a double-double. He's not the best shooter, but the Pacers have so little to work with, Sloan almost can't help but be effective for the short term.
Oct 29 - 11:13 PM

Roy Hibbert got his season off to a flying start with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks in Wednesday's win over the hapless Sixers.

While the line should give owners plenty to smile about, perhaps the best thing about it is that he made 6-of-8 shots and 10-of-13 free throws. Hibbert's shooting from the floor has been horrendous for the last couple seasons, but he simply has to make more of them based on where his shots come from. He's off to a great start and we're anxious to see how he'll do against Marc Gasol on Friday.
Oct 29 - 11:11 PM

Solomon Hill started at small forward on Wednesday, but had just three points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a win over the Sixers.

C.J. Miles and Chris Copeland both still look like better players to own, despite the starting nod for Hill.
Oct 29 - 11:07 PM

Luis Scola started at power forward and hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

He'll likely go back to the bench once David West is healthy and his inability to block shots makes him tough to own - even when he's starting.
Oct 29 - 11:06 PM

Lavoy Allen had "one of the best preseasons" of any Pacers player, according to coach Frank Vogel.

Allen impressed Vogel enough that he bumped Chris Copeland out of the PF rotation to SF, and it sounds like he'll be the primary backup behind starter Luis Scola on Wednesday. He's only worth monitoring in deep leagues, and is unlikely to earn many minutes once David West (ankle) returns to health.
Oct 29 - 6:17 PM

Solomon Hill will start against the Sixers on Wednesday.

He has been a lost cause in the preseason, so it's hard to get too excited about his prospects in the starting unit. Hill is not worth using in almost any fantasy league.
Oct 29 - 5:30 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said he will bring Chris Copeland off the bench against the Sixers on Wednesday.

It makes a lot of sense. Copeland is a high-volume scorer and the Pacers don't have much punch at all behind their starting five. He's still going to be a huge part of the offense and those who had him plugged into their lineups shouldn't be overly concerned. Solomon Hill is not a fantasy option.
Oct 29 - 5:28 PM

Donald Sloan is set to start on Wednesday night with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) both out.

Sloan has an excellent opportunity for some short-term value as he is currently the only true PG that is healthy on the roster. Sloan will only have fantasy value until Hill or Watson returns.
Oct 29 - 1:20 PM

C.J. Miles will start on Wednesday night vs. the 76ers.

The Pacers need bodies desperately so he should play as many minutes as he can handle. Miles is a good play tonight, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him drop 20 points against a terrible 76ers team.
Oct 29 - 1:17 PM

Luis Scola is set to start for the Pacers on Wednesday in place of David West (ankle).

He has an excellent chance to produce solid stats against a weak 76ers team. However, Scola is only an option in daily leagues, or just as a waiver pickup until West returns. Scola will be joined in the starting lineup with Donald Sloan, C.J. Miles, Chris Copeland, and Roy Hibbert.

Chris Copeland will start on Wednesday vs. the 76ers, and he will be joined by Donald Sloan, C.J. Miles, Luis Scola, and Roy Hibbert.

After a fantastic preseason, Optimus Cope will finally get a chance to make a big impression in the starting lineup against a weak 76ers team. He has the green light from deep and could be in for a big night, especially with the Pacers only activating nine players for Wednesday's game.

Rodney Stuckey thinks that he'll see some minutes as the teams backup point guard with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) on the sidelines.

He's probably right, as the Pacers don't really have any other healthy bodies on the roster with point guard experience. Stuckey is going to start the 2014-15 season as the Pacers' starting shooting guard, and he's going to be asked to do a lot on offense with David West (ankle) also sidelined. He doesn't do much aside from score points, but he'll have plenty of opportunity, as the Pacers will be entering the season with just nine healthy bodies, and one starter (Roy Hibbert) from last year.
Oct 28 - 4:44 PM


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