Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Big Al is still not feeling well after an emergency root canal last week. McMillan called Jefferson doubtful, while the team is listing him as questionable. If Big Al misses his third straight game, Rakeem Christmas will be looking at minutes in the teens off the bench.
Feb 27 - 1:20 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

Jefferson missed his second game in a row on Saturday vs. the Heat, but he did travel with the team and is nearing a return. "He came into [Friday’s] shootaround OK and came back for the game with a swollen mouth," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said on Saturday. "He wasn’t feeling good today and we decided to leave him at the hotel." If Big Al misses another game, Rakeem Christmas will be looking at minutes in the teens off the bench.
Feb 26 - 9:55 AM

Jeff Teague scored 16 points with six assists in Saturday's loss to the Heat.

He shot just 5-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, adding three boards and one steal in 32 minutes. Teague has cooled off significantly this month and is shooting 41.6 percent from the field in February compared to 54.8 percent in January. The Pacers are in the playoff hunt and Teague is healthy, so it's not a bad idea to buy low before your fantasy trade deadline ends.
Feb 25 - 11:33 PM

Monta Ellis scored eight points on 3-of-12 shooting vs. the Heat on Saturday, adding five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers.

Just when it looked like Ellis was turning the corner, he posts a dud like this. He averaged 13.4 points, 2.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.2 treys on 62.2 percent shooting from the field in his previous five games, but you might as well give him another chance in an uptempo matchup with Houston on Monday if you picked him up.
Feb 25 - 11:21 PM

Thaddeus Young was held to two points on 1-of-2 shooting vs. the Heat on Saturday.

After only attempting seven shots on Friday, Young may not be completely comfortable out there -- he said after Friday's game that his wrist still feels sore. Young played 26 minutes and added five rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks, and while you shouldn't drop him, it's not a bad idea to bench him until he proves that he's healthy.
Feb 25 - 11:15 PM

Myles Turner scored 18 points vs. the Heat on Saturday, shooting 8-of-19 from the field.

The 19 shot attempts were one short of a career-high, as Turner was forced to be more aggressive with Paul George getting ejected early in the third quarter. Turner grabbed seven rebounds with one assist, two steals and block, and he hit a pair of free throws as well. His fantasy owners can look forward to a great matchup with the Rockets on Monday -- Houston is allowing the fourth most fantasy points to centers this season.
Feb 25 - 11:11 PM

Paul George was ejected from Saturday's game vs. the Heat.

He picked up two technical fouls and was ejected with 8:49 left in the third quarter. George finishes the game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with one rebound and one assist in 19 minutes. He's in no danger of being suspended for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.
Feb 25 - 9:37 PM

Paul George will start against the Heat.

It'll be the usual group of Jeff Teague, C.J. Miles, George, Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner. George cramped up late in Friday's game, but he has said he was going to play since the post-game interviews. He should be ready to roll, assuming he had a banana and extra water.
Feb 25 - 7:34 PM

Thaddeus Young will start against the Heat on Saturday.

He did say there was some soreness in his wrist on Friday, but he was always expected to be a go. Get Young in your lineup.
Feb 25 - 7:32 PM

Paul George (cramp) and Thaddeus Young (wrist) both are expected to play against the Heat on Saturday.

This has been the story all along since George had a cramp late in the fourth quarter. Expect him to play and be heavily hydrated tonight.
Feb 25 - 6:47 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is out for Saturday against the Heat.

He had a procedure earlier this week and will miss his second straight game. Rakeem Christmas was the backup five and actually played well, so maybe he can get 15 minutes behind Myles Turner. Christmas isn't an add almost anywhere, of course.
Feb 25 - 6:44 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is listed as questionable Saturday vs. Miami.

Jefferson missed Friday night's game due to the same issue. Surprisingly, it was Rakeem Christmas, not Kevin Seraphin, who soaked up Jefferson's minutes off the Pacers bench. Christmas scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot in 14 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday. It will be interesting to see if Christmas gets the call again on Saturday if Big Al is unable to suit up.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 2:17 PM

Paul George battled through leg cramps on Friday night but said he expects to play Saturday vs. Miami.

The cramps hit late in the fourth quarter and George eventually had to hobble back to the locker room before the final buzzer. "The cramps started at about the five-minute mark," said George. "It just got worse and worse as the game went on... I should be fine. I’ll drink a lot of water and drink a lot of Gatorade." PG13 finished with just nine points, nine rebounds and four assists on Friday, but should bounce back on Saturday vs. the Heat.
Feb 25 - 10:25 AM

Thaddeus Young said his wrist still feels sore but he does expect to play Saturday vs. Miami.

Young returned to the lineup Friday night after missing three weeks of action. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. He did admit after the game that on "some of the post-ups I was guarding kind of with my wrist behind my back." But Young still provided a boost of energy for the team as they snapped a six-game losing streak. He should be locked into fantasy lineups going forward.
Feb 25 - 9:35 AM

Paul George (cramp) said he will play against the Heat on Saturday night.

He had a cramp that looked to be just above his knee and George did have to limp to the locker room in the last minute on Friday. The Pacers are going to Miami for the Saturday game, so they won't have a shootaround. For now, his fantasy owners can expect him to play for the 8:00 EST start.
Feb 24 - 10:06 PM


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