Player News - Pacers

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Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be on the court for all 48 minutes during Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

"If necessary," Vogel said when asked if George could play 48 minutes in Game 6. "We'll see tomorrow night." PG-13 was phenomenal during Game 5, matching his playoff career-high with 39 points, but the Pacers really struggled any time he wasn't on the floor. Game 6 is a must-win game for Indiana, so it wouldn't be surprising to see George play a hefty amount of minutes.
Apr 28 - 2:48 PM

The Sacramento Kings have requested permission to interview Pacers assistant Nate McMillan once Indiana's season is over.

McMillan's Pacers will try to overcome a 3-2 deficit on Friday, but McMillan could be free to interview as soon as Saturday morning. The Kings have also been linked to a plethora of coaches for their vacant head coach position, so McMillan will have to stand out above a large crowd.
Apr 28 - 10:34 AM

George Hill scored 15 points with three assists, two boards, one block, one steal and four 3-pointers on Tuesday in Game 5 vs. the Raptors.

Other than Paul George, Hill might be the Pacers' most reliable player right now. He was 5-of-9 from the field tonight and didn't have any turnovers, and he continued to pick up the slack on offense with Monta Ellis struggling. Hill had 22 points with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Game 4, so he's on the radar in DFS while he's hot.
Apr 26 - 10:09 PM

Monta Ellis was held to just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's 102-99 loss to the Raptors, adding four boards, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes.

That's three games in a row in which Ellis has failed to crack single digits in the scoring column, shooting just 34.6 percent in that span. He's still getting plenty of minutes, but owners in DFS should probably avoid him until he finds his shot again.
Apr 26 - 10:04 PM

Myles Turner looked good in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. Toronto, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

The rookie has been the most consistent big for Indiana in this series apart from a dud in Game 4, so his role as the starting PF is safe. His price should still be relatively low in DFS, so he's worth a long look for Game 6 in Indiana on Friday.
Apr 26 - 9:59 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) was held to four points on 1-of-2 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, adding six rebounds with two turnovers in 18 minutes.

He got into some foul trouble and never got it going. He was coming off a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 4 with five assists, two steals and one block, but that was really his only bright spot in this series. In fact, if you ignore Game 4 then he only has averages of 4.3 points, 4.5 boards and 0.5 blocks. To be fair, his back has been an issue for a while now and he's playing at less than 100 percent.
Apr 26 - 9:53 PM

Paul George matched his playoff career high with 39 points in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

He was a +15 in 41 minutes and added eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers, yet the Pacers still lost by three because George didn't have much help and they were torched every time he went to the bench for a quick rest. The Pacers were up by as many as 17 points, but they were outscored 25-9 in the fourth quarter and now trail the Raptors 3-2 in the series. PG-13 has been the best player in this series and he will look to tie things up in Indiana for Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 26 - 9:47 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George and Myles Turner will join Mahinmi in the first-unit for tonight's contest. Mahinmi still isn't 100 percent, but he's on the radar in DFS after putting up 22 points, 10 boards, five assists, two steals and one block in Game 4.

Frank Vogel said that while Ian Mahinmi is still experiencing some soreness in his back, he's expected to play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

Mahinmi will continue to fight through the pain, and after putting up 22 points with a full line during Game 4's win, he'll be someone to consider as a potential DFS target.
Apr 26 - 4:36 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) is listed as questionable to play against the Raptors on Tuesday.

He was on the injury report for Saturday and exploded for a 22-point gem in a win. Mahinmi likely won't be as good in Game 5, but he's certainly on the radar as a DFS center with his cheap price tag.
Apr 25 - 6:29 PM

Frank Vogel made a subtle adjustment in Game 4, allowing George Hill to have the ball in his hands at the top of the key.

The result? Hill felt that the tweak allowed him to be more active in the offense, resulting in 22 points without a single turnover. "Anytime you can feel the ball a bit more and you feel like you’re a little bit more involved, it’s all about confidence," he said. "If you’re sitting for more of the majority of the game and you really don’t get a lot of touches, maybe every once in a while your confidence and your rhythm is probably out of sync." In addition to serving as the primary defender against Kyle Lowry vs. Toronto, the Pacers need Hill's offense to keep showing up if Indiana wants to upset Toronto and move on to the second round.
Apr 25 - 1:30 PM

Myles Turner will start in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

The rookie didn't have a great stat line in Game 4 with four points (2-of-13 FGs) with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes, but the Pacers still got the win. The good news is that his price should still be low in DFS due to his sub-par performance, so he's worth a long look.
Apr 24 - 1:46 PM

George Hill busted out during a Game 4 100-83 win over the Raptors on Saturday, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and no turnovers in 31 minutes.

He scored just 27 points in the previous three games combined. Hill had been focusing on his defense and had been terrific in that regard. Today he was able to turn the tables on Kyle Lowry and got clean looks all game. He was 9-of-11 from the field, so it's hard to buy this game because the efficiency is not sustainable. This series is all tied up 2-2 with Game 5 starting on Tuesday.
Apr 23 - 6:46 PM

Ian Mahinmi turned in the playoff game of his life during a Game 4 win over the Raptors on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

Wow. It was the first double-double of his playoff career, as well. Mahinmi had been pushed around all series by Jonas Valanciunas while his back injury kept him limited until this gem. The move of Myles Turner playing next to him may have helped him, too. DFS owners might not want to chase this one too hard, but it certainly puts him on the board.
Apr 23 - 6:43 PM

Paul George scored 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Saturday.

He kept his word to trust his teammates more in this game. George wasn't terrible with efficiency, making 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line in this win. He should be a decent DFS play almost any night, but his price has really been on the rise. It won't be easy for him to match his expectations after Game 1 and 2.
Apr 23 - 6:36 PM


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