Player News - Pacers

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Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel revealed for the first time that in addition to George Hill's knee contusion, he is also dealing with a tear in his left quad and is not expected back until mid-December.

Vogel said that the tear did not show up in the initial MRI because there was too much blood, but that is the reason Hill has been out for so long. C.J. Watson is expected to make his season debut Friday night, and it's not known exactly how that will affect Donald Sloan's minutes. However, given Sloan's solid play so far this season, he'll likely remain in the starting lineup as Watson is eased back into the rotation, and he should remain be held in standard leagues until something changes.
Nov 28 - 6:37 PM

C.J. Watson is expected to make his season debut on Friday after being out with a foot injury.

The Pacers could use some help at guard and while he might eat into Donald Sloan's minutes a bit, Sloan looks to have done enough to hold the starting point guard job, at least until George Hill returns some time later in December.
Nov 28 - 12:28 PM

Updating a previous report, Roy Hibbert (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

Ian Mahinmi will continue to start at center with Hibbert sidelined, but on such a busy Friday night, owners could probably do better than a guy who is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game.
Nov 28 - 12:23 PM

Updating a previous report, David West (ankle) will start Friday vs. the Magic, marking his season debut for the Pacers.

West's return to the starting lineup will send Luis Scola to the bench. He'll bring a much-needed scoring punch to the Pacers offense, and will offer rebounds and solid percentages to fantasy squads. Get him active.
Nov 28 - 12:15 PM

Roy Hibbert (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

If Hibbert is unable to go, Ian Mahinmi will continue to start in his place. Mahinmi is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game with the starting unit.
Nov 28 - 12:06 PM

David West (ankle) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

West has been targeting a Friday return, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. His return will send Luis Scola to the bench, and West will give the Pacers some much-needed offense. Stay tuned for an official update on West's status as we draw closer to tip-off.
Nov 28 - 11:59 AM

The Pacers have waived G A.J. Price.

Price's second 10-day contract was up, and with Rodney Stuckey now healthy and C.J. Watson set to debut on Friday, there was no room to keep Price on the roster.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 28 - 11:14 AM

Chris Copeland came off the bench and played just 23 minutes to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-10 shooting Wednesday.

David West is finally expected back on Friday from a severely sprained ankle as Copeland's minutes and production have been slipping. Once West is back, Copeland is probably waiver-wire material in standard leagues.
Nov 27 - 2:10 AM

Ian Mahinmi started and had eight points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs, while Lavoy Allen came off the bench for eight points and nine rebounds.

The Pacers desperately need Roy Hibbert back from his sprained ankle and might have had a chance against the Spurs tonight if Hibbert played (and was effective). The two big men are holding down the fort, but neither can be relied upon in most fantasy situations. Hibbert remains day-to-day with his injury.
Nov 27 - 2:07 AM

Rodney Stuckey got loose against the Spurs' defense to hit 9-of-20 shots for 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a team-high 35 minutes.

He played 32 minutes on Monday and had 12 points, and is starting to play a little bit like the guy we were talking about as a sleeper early in the season. He's not likely to fill the stat sheet on most night, but he's probably going to score points for the depleted Pacers and he's averaging a respectable 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last four games. It comes with a price though, as he's shooting just 37 percent over that stretch, but he's just now getting healthy. If you need a scorer in a deep league, give him a look.
Nov 27 - 2:04 AM

Donald Sloan, coming off a massive 29 points and a full stat line on Monday, hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, three rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Sloan's night on Monday was almost too good to be true, while tonight's was just a case of Sloan being matched up against Tony Parker and the Spurs' tough D. He'll bounce back from tonight, but we suspect Monday's line will end up being the highlight of his season (and possibly career). George Hill is still likely three weeks away from a possible return, so there's no reason to drop Sloan at this point.
Nov 27 - 1:51 AM

Luis Scola started and had 13 points and six rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Scola could be on his way out of the starting lineup soon if David West is really ready to play through his ankle injury on Friday. He might hold onto some value with Roy Hibbert also sitting with a sprained ankle, but when both West and Hibbert are healthy, it's hard to see Scola being worth owning in most leagues.
Nov 27 - 1:47 AM

Roy Hibbert has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs due to his lingering ankle injury.

He was doubtful, so this isn't too surprising. Ian Mahinmi will likely start and Lavoy Allen should get plenty of run off the bench, but Tim Duncan might be ready for a big game tonight.
Nov 26 - 1:19 PM

David West is hoping to make his season debut for the Pacers on Friday after dealing with a severely sprained since Oct. 18.

"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after practicing Tuesday. "The ankle is healthy which is important." It sounds like it's now or never for West, who has already missed 15 games. "We've exhausted all options in terms of getting it healthy. It was a bad sprain," West said. "I got really lucky that it just did what it did and didn't go any further. I got really lucky." Luis Scola will take a hit when West is ready to go at full speed.
Nov 26 - 9:30 AM

David West (ankle) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. Orlando.

Head coach Frank Vogel will have the final say as to whether West suits up or not, but he did give an encouraging quote after Tuesday's practice. "I’m hopeful [West can play Friday]," said Vogel. "We’ll see how he responded to this work, but we’re hopeful for Friday." It's looking like West is very close to making his regular-season debut, and when he returns Luis Scola will head to the bench. Stay tuned.
Nov 25 - 4:49 PM


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