Player News - Pacers

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C.J. Watson returned from a sinus infection to finish Sunday's road win in Minnesota with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers.

Unfortunately, the impending return of George Hill makes Watson an unlikely source of long-term value -- he played 29 minutes on Sunday and that number will only decrease in the coming weeks. Former starter Donald Sloan also remains a threat to Watson's value, finishing Sunday's game with 10 points and seven assists in 19 minutes.
Dec 21 - 10:46 PM

Roy Hibbert got back on track during Sunday's road win in Minnesota, posting 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks in just 27 minutes.

Hibbert's game has crumbled over the past few weeks, leaving his owners justifiably afraid of another crisis of confidence from the Pacers' big man. This is a step in the right direction, though it should be noted that he did it against a battered and short-handed Wolves' frontcourt -- he'll face a stiffer test vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday.
Dec 21 - 10:43 PM

The Pacers escaped with a win in Minnesota on Sunday thanks to C.J. Miles scoring 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including four 3-pointers.

Miles did his damage in 32 minutes off Indiana's bench, chipping in six rebounds with zero turnovers, assists, steals or blocks. He's been tremendous since returning to action on Dec. 15, and is worth a pickup based on his averages over the past four games -- 20.5 points, 2.7 threes, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 turnovers.
Dec 21 - 10:41 PM

Chris Copeland picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.

He was a hot commodity early in the season, as he served an ill-fitting role as a go-to offensive player, but his role has evaporated with the return of guys like David West, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
Dec 21 - 10:40 PM

C.J. Watson (illness) will start vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday.

Watson missed one game with a sinus infection and he should be fine from a conditioning standpoint, while his return sends Donald Sloan back to the Pacers' bench. Watson is worth a look for temporary points and assists.
Dec 21 - 5:49 PM

Donald Sloan drew another start on Saturday during a 76-73 loss to the Nuggets with nine points, seven boards, four assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

He is not going to start much longer and tonight was just a complete lost cause. The Pacers made 30.7 percent from the field and had 18 points in the paint. Sloan can be dropped in most leagues.
Dec 21 - 12:41 AM

Rodney Stuckey was a disaster during one of the ugliest games of the year, making 1-of-10 from the field for four points, two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

This was bad and Stuckey is known for his inefficient games. In fact, tonight was the 37th game of his career with a field goal percentage failing to crack 10.0 percent (with at least one attempt). This is what his owners will have to deal with, so adjust accordingly.
Dec 21 - 12:31 AM

David West scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He made just 8-of-22 from the field for a usage rate of 35.1. It's a horribly inefficient game, but who can blame him when his teammates can't make shots? West still hasn't quite got it going, but he should start heating up soon.
Dec 21 - 12:24 AM

Roy Hibbert did not score in 24 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds and four turnovers.

"I couldn’t get into a rhythm, I just haven’t been playing the way I have been," Hibbert said. Uh oh, here we go again. Hibbert had a tremendous start in 2013-14 and fizzled out worse than leaving a bottle of soda open for a day, and he might be doing it again. In his last five, he's averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 boards, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 turnovers on 33.3 percent from the field. It's not time to repeatedly press the panic button yet, but his fantasy owners should be on alert.
Dec 21 - 12:18 AM

Donald Sloan will start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

The Pacers just can't stay healthy. Sloan was booted from the rotation earlier this month, but now he's back with C.J. Watson out. Sloan actually is decent on a per-minute basis, so he's worth a look as a plug-and-play. Of course, he doesn't have much value following today.
Dec 20 - 7:40 PM

C.J. Watson (illness) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets, and Donald Sloan will draw the start.

Watson is dealing with a sinus infection, so he shouldn't be in too much danger of missing additional time. Sloan is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value, but owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way with George Hill's return on the horizon.
Dec 20 - 7:39 PM

C.J. Watson is questionable for Saturday against the Nuggets with an illness.

He was probable as of Friday with a sinus infection, so a downgrade doesn't sound promising. Watson would be looking at a chance to start, but he hasn't been involved in the offense much since his return. If he's out, Donald Sloan would be worth a look.
Dec 20 - 2:02 PM

George Hill (knee, quad) participated during Friday's practice, and ran with the starters towards the end with C.J. Watson (sinus infection) unable to finish the session.

Slowly but surely Hill is nearing a return. He's likely going to start out slow after being sidelined for over a month, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues.
Dec 19 - 7:45 PM

C.J. Watson (illness) is probable to play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He did not finish practice and has been ill since Wednesday. Watson should be fine, but his fantasy value is about to take a hit with George Hill almost ready to go.
Dec 19 - 7:42 PM

C.J. Miles came off the bench to hit 6-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

He had 20 points and three 3-pointers on Monday night, and had a 30-point game on December 10. He appears to be over his knee injury and it would not be surprising to see him replace Solomon Hill in the starting lineup at some point in the near future. He's a streaky shooter and has trouble staying healthy, so make sure you can handle the headaches that are coming if you pick him up.
Dec 18 - 2:45 AM


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