Player News - Pacers

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George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

Hill was abused by Jeff Teague tonight (28 points, five assists) and isn't a good matchup for Atlanta's point guard. He could end up giving way to C.J. Watson for the rest of the series, as Hill and Roy Hibbert haven't looked right since the All-Star break. The Pacers no longer have homecourt advantage in this series, nor have they figured out how to match up with Atlanta.
Apr 19 - 9:57 PM

Roy Hibbert hit 4-of-9 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's 101-93 Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

Hibbert has a terrible match up with Pero Antic (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) and could find himself benched for much of this series, because Antic plays mainly on the perimeter. Hibbert has been struggling for some time and this series should offer more of the same. And if the Pacers don't figure things out quickly, they're going to make an early exit and heads will likely roll in Indy. Not only did Hibbert fail to block a shot, but he had his shot blocked by Kyle Korver. Yes, Kyle Korver.
Apr 19 - 9:55 PM

Paul George hit just 6-of-18 shots and left Saturday's Game 1 loss briefly with a left knee injury, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

Despite the poor shooting, that's a pretty stellar fantasy line from George, but the Pacers were down by about 20 for most of the second half, and lost 101-93. There's no word on the severity of his knee injury, but given that he quickly returned after a trip to the locker room, we're guessing it's no big deal. The No. 1 seeded Pacers turned over homecourt advantage to the Hawks tonight, and don't match up well with Atlanta. If the Hawks hang on to win the series, they'll become just the third No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 in a seven-game series, joining the 2007 Warriors (over the Mavericks), and the 2011 Grizzlies (over the Spurs).
Apr 19 - 9:51 PM

Paul George went from having his left knee rubbed down on the bench to the locker room during the third quarter of Game 1, but returned a short time later.

It's either his knee or his quad, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. We'll know more after the game, but if he does end up coming up lame, Evan Turner is going to become a big factor for the Pacers.
Apr 19 - 8:45 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.

"It’ll vary night by night and we’ll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum.
Apr 18 - 4:52 PM

Andrew Bynum (knee) will not play against the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.

This isn't a surprise and he hasn't seen game action since Mar. 15. Bynum played in just two games since the Pacers brought him on board and they've obviously swung and missed here. The team hasn't been getting much out of their center spot, so Ian Mahinmi could be an X-factor for their success in the postseason.
Apr 17 - 4:48 PM

Roy Hibbert started on a night when most other playoff regulars were sitting throughout the league, but looked about the same as he has since the All-Star break, hitting 1-of-7 shots for four points, seven rebounds and a block.

If the goal was to improve Hibbert's confidence, or let him torch a bunch of scrubs, it didn't work. He played just 17 minutes, but it's hard to imagine a 1-of-7 shooting night doing anything for his psyche. And he's going to have to deal with Pero Antic in Round 1 of the playoffs, who will do his best to linger outside and keep Hibbert out of the paint. This may not end well. Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland led the Pacers with 19 points a piece, but you probably won't hear there name in these parts again this year.
Apr 16 - 9:25 PM

Luis Scola will join George Hill, Evan Turner, Rasual Butler and Roy Hibbert in the starting five for the Pacers tonight.

Scola and Turner look like decent fantasy plays tonight, but we'd stay away from the rest of them.
Apr 16 - 6:52 PM

Ian Mahinmi will rest on Wednesday night vs. the Magic.

He is healthy and did not aggravate his hip injury from March. Mahinmi sitting out means Lavoy Allen will get in the rotation tonight, but he's not much of a fantasy option.
Apr 16 - 5:54 PM

Lance Stephenson (rest) will not play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

Stephenson is fresh off Sunday's triple-double, during which he played with uncommon energy, so perhaps coach Frank Vogel's prescribed rest is doing the trick. Fantasy owners should note that despite Stephenson's occasional triple-doubles and impressive rebounding totals, his limited defensive stats (0.7 steals), poor FT percentage (71.1 percent) and high turnovers (2.7 per game) conspired to make him a 10th-round value in nine-cat leagues this season. He fares better in eight-cat and head-to-head formats.
Apr 15 - 3:08 PM

Evan Turner will get another start vs. Orlando on Wednesday with the Pacers resting three of their five starters.

Turner led Indy with 23 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and nine assists when he started last Wednesday, so he stands out as a plug-and-play option in the Pacers' season finale. He will return to his usual reserve role in the postseason.
Apr 15 - 2:41 PM

C.J. Watson, who scored 20 points in Sunday's victory, will be rested as a precaution on Wednesday.

Watson recently returned from a hamstring injury, as well as an elbow injury that has plagued him for years, so it makes sense for Indiana to play it safe. Watson has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio on the Pacers, behind Evan Turner, Donald Sloan and George Hill, so his presence is critical given that Indiana ranks 28th in assists per game.
Apr 15 - 2:38 PM

David West (rest) will not play in Wednesday's road game vs. the Magic, and Luis Scola will take his spot in the starting lineup.

The Pacers have a 35-6 record at home this season but they're just 20-20 on the road, so they're fortunate to have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. West will be rested and ready for Indiana's first round matchup with the Hawks.
Apr 15 - 2:33 PM

Paul George, David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson will all rest during Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.

With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.

The Pacers will not rest George Hill on Wednesday, though he may not play the entire game.

Hill is averaging 3.5 assists this season, which have created an average of 11.8 points per 48 minutes for the Pacers. That ranks him 112th among qualifying players, sandwiched between Evan Turner and Marc Gasol. It's a paltry mark for a starting point guard, though in fairness the Pacers' offense doesn't give him many opportunities.
Apr 15 - 2:27 PM


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