Player News - Pacers

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Paul George made 6-of-18 from the field for 21 points during an 89-87 win over the Lakers on Monday, adding nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, five turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He was shooting the ball well before this game, but George is certainly as prone to sub-par efficiency. He'll get another tall task against Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Wednesday, so that should be an interesting matchup on both ends.
Feb 8 - 10:57 PM

Ian Mahinmi took an elbow to the face during Monday's game vs. the Lakers, but he is available to return.

It happened on the first play of the game and there was a lot of blood, but he received eight stitches and was diagnosed with a forehead laceration. He should be good to go moving forward, but we will have another update after the game.
Feb 8 - 7:17 PM

Frank Vogel praised Myles Turner's development, calling him "an unusually mature young man."

"I think he's an unusually mature young man, articulate 19-year-old," Vogel said. "He's very intelligent and he has a good approach, a good feel for being a rookie in the NBA. He has a nice humbleness to him, and his work ethic has been a pleasant surprise. He's constantly in the weight room, constantly putting extra shots up and working with the coaches -- and that's a big reason why he's having success." In six games as a starter, Turner is averaging 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and just 1.2 turnovers on 46.8 percent shooting.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 12:27 PM

Pacers assign C Shayne Whittington to the D-League.

With the frontcourt healthy following Ian Mahinmi's back injury, there is no room for Whittington on the active roster.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 8 - 12:16 PM

Paul George made 7-of-13 from the field and 14-of-15 from the line for 30 points during a 112-104 win over the Pistons on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

After a brutal slump, George has two consecutive games with a field goal percentage greater than 52. George seems to have got his wish from back in the preseason to play less power forward with barely any run there while Myles Turner plays next to him. Expect PG-13 to hang in the top 10-20 range going forward.
Feb 6 - 10:25 PM

Myles Turner played 32 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block.

Coach Frank Vogel has made a major tweak to his rotation with the rookie as his power forward. Turner has barely logged any minutes with the Pacers going with a stretch four since he moved into the starting lineup. While that may or may not change, it doesn't really matter at this point for the high-upside rookie. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 6 - 10:20 PM

Ian Mahinmi played 20 minutes in his return on Saturday against the Pistons, scoring four points with three rebounds and one turnover.

He didn't quite look like he was all the way back from his lower back soreness. Regardless, the emergence of Myles Turner definitely hurts Mahinmi's upside even though Turner isn't really taking minutes away from him yet.
Feb 6 - 10:17 PM

Jordan Hill scored 12 points with eight rebounds, three assists and four steals in 27 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

Ian Mahinmi didn't have a minutes cap in his return, but the rust was clear. Hill took advantage of a favorable matchup in this game and he should play less going forward and is a proactive drop candidate for owners eyeing a hot free agent.
Feb 6 - 10:14 PM

Jordan Hill will come off the bench on Saturday against the Pistons.

He lost all his momentum on Friday and his playing time should drop quite a bit tonight. If you still have Hill on your roster, it's time to start thinking about dropping him.
Feb 6 - 5:26 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) will start on Saturday against the Pistons without a minutes restriction.

That will bump Jordan Hill back to the bench and make him someone most owners should cut. The Pacers have only used Paul George at the four next to Myles Turner for just four minutes since Turner has been starting, so that might change tonight. Mahinmi is only a low-end asset.
Feb 6 - 5:22 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pistons.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said on Friday that Mahinmi was probable, so he has a very good chance of returning from a four-game absence tonight. Mahinmi has been a pleasant surprise all season with averages of 8.5 points, 7.1 boards and 1.0 blocks, so he's worth a look if you need a low-end big. Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen will lose minutes upon Mahinmi's return.
Feb 6 - 12:34 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said that George Hill's ability to play off the ball is "invaluable" to the Pacers.

"He’s shooting the ball well," Vogel said. "That’s needed because, obviously, we have Paul George back this year and we have Monta [Ellis] and we’re putting the ball in his hands a ton so [Hill’s] ability to play off the ball makes him invaluable really to what we’re doing." Hill has been a top-40 player in standard leagues over the last five games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 51.0 percent shooting from the field.
Feb 6 - 11:34 AM

Paul George scored 31 points during a 102-96 loss to the Hawks on Friday with nine rebounds, six assists and seven 3-pointers.

He only turned the ball over one time in a great game. George was also 11-of-21 from the field to turn in a very efficient line. George had made just 38.1 percent from the field in his previous 10 and that's been a problem since early December. He's still a second-round player in 2016.
Feb 5 - 10:29 PM

Jordan Hill scored three points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

As great as he's been lately, he's still Jordan Hill. He scored just six points in Wednesday and is clearly trending down. If there is a hot pickup out there, Hill's owners shouldn't be too tied to keeping him.
Feb 5 - 10:22 PM

Lavoy Allen scored 13 points with 14 rebounds and one block in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

It's just his second double-double for Allen. While Ian Mahinmi (back) could miss more time, Allen is still only a desperation add right now due to very little output beyond scoring and boards.
Feb 5 - 10:08 PM


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