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Kyle O'Quinn (illness) is questionable to play Friday against the 76ers.

When Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are healthy, O'Quinn typically isn't in the rotation anyway.
Dec 13 - 2:00 PM

Victor Oladipo said he was feeling good on Thursday morning after logging 29 minutes in his return from an 11-game absence on Wednesday.

This is great to hear and it sounds like Dipo will be good to go for Friday and Sunday's games. The Pacers do have a back-to-back set coming up on Dec. 18-19, so owners may want to double check his status prior to those games.
Dec 13 - 12:52 PM

Myles Turner said his teammates have been encouraging him to be more aggressive on offense.

"I didn’t realize I shot that many shots," said Turner, after attempting a career-high 22 shots during Wednesday's win over the Bucks. "My teammates encouraged me to shoot those shots so it’s not like I was just out there forcing and jacking. I took what was given to me." Turner has now posted 20+ points in back-to-back games, and it's encouraging that he remained a focal part of the offense with Victor Oladipo back in action. He's trending up.
Dec 13 - 11:25 AM

Victor Oladipo (right knee) logged 29 minutes in his return on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds and six assists.

Oladipo was on a minute-limit but it obviously wasn't very stringent, and he still racked up a solid stat line, making 5-of-11 field goals with one 3-pointer. Indiana had reeled off three straight wins prior to VO's return and he didn't force the issue too much, with Myles Turner even taking double Oladipo's shot attempts tonight. He admitted afterward that conditioning is still an issue, estimating that he's about 90%, but the key is that "his knee felt fine." He should be ready to rumble vs. Philly on Friday.
Source: USA Today
Dec 13 - 2:39 AM

Myles Turner erupted once again during a win over the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He's on fire and he does this in a tougher matchup for bigs. Turner just looks quicker right now and he's been tremendous on weak-side blocks, helping him accumulate a whopping 3.6 per game over his last five games. Offensively, he has also picked it up lately, but it hasn't necessarily been because of a usage rate boost with Turner having an identical 20.4 usage rate with Victor Oladipo on and off the floor. Maybe it's his new ponytail or something else, but Turner looks like the fantasy stud he was two years ago again.
Dec 12 - 10:26 PM

Thaddeus Young had arguably his best game of the season against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

His defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo won't show up in the stat sheet, but Thad did an excellent job limiting the Greek Freak. Young was starting to get it going offensively even before this game, averaging 13.6 points per game in December in his previous five. He'll likely cool off a little and the Pacers will use a lot of two-center lineups, but Young is worth owning in standard leagues while he's hot.
Dec 12 - 10:17 PM

Darren Collison made 1-of-3 from the field for three points with one rebound, seven assists, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He's coming off a season-high 17 dimes, but Victor Oladipo clearly affected how much Collison handled the rock. Collison's dimes per 36 are a whopping 4.0 higher when Dipo is off the court (9.3 without, 5.3 with), and he's been better in points, boards, steals, and his turnovers are even down, too. His name popped up in trade rumors and point guards are gold in fantasy, so Collison could still have some low-end value in standard leagues.
Dec 12 - 10:12 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He was on a tear this month with 21.4 points per game in his previous December games, but of course Victor Oladipo was out for all of those. Bogdanovic will undoubtedly come back to earth now that Dipo is back in action, but he's still a fine hold in standard leagues.
Dec 12 - 10:07 PM

Aaron Holiday was a DNP-CD on Wednesday against the Bucks.

He really stepped up while Victor Oladipo (knee) was out and perhaps his strong play explains why there are rumors of the Pacers looking to deal Cory Joseph or Darren Collison. Still, Holiday won't be in the rotation in the short-term, so he's a drop in deep leagues.
Dec 12 - 10:04 PM

Tyreke Evans moved back to the bench on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 15 minutes against the Bucks.

His playing time took a big hit as expected, but the Pacers second unit was great to extend some leads. While Evans' defense has helped him get minutes, he's still not going to to cut into Victor Oladipo's time and Evans flopping in the starting lineup from a fantasy perspective will cap his handcuff appeal, too. He's not a must-own player in shallower leagues.
Dec 12 - 10:02 PM

Victor Oladipo (knee) will have a minutes limit in his return to the starting lineup against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He's been out since Nov. 17, so the Pacers won't totally unleash the reigning Most Improved Player. Coach Nate McMillan said Oladipo's knee responded well from the last two days of practice, so that's the best news of all after that wasn't the case at the end of November. There isn't a specific number, but Oladipo should be in all season-long lineups tonight.
Dec 12 - 5:28 PM

Victor Oladipo (knee) is available vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

The Pacers social kicked off the announcement saying "He's baaaaaaack!" for this game, so it's safe to assume he's out there after missing almost a month. Oladipo likely would've returned around Dec. 1, but it looks like the team pushed him too hard for a return and he had a setback. He's been going through some shootarounds since at least Dec. 7, so he's been trending up for a while. With him back, Aaron Holiday, Cory Joseph, Darren Collison and Tyreke Evans should all take a hit.
Dec 12 - 4:52 PM

The Pacers could look to trade either Darren Collison or Cory Joseph this season.

Collison and Joseph essentially split the point guard duties in Indiana, but the Pacers' management is very high on Aaron Holiday and would like to see him earn more consistent minutes. Both Joseph and Collison are on expiring deals, and they could be solid additions to a contending team, so those will be two names to watch as the trade deadline approaches.
Source: ESPN
Dec 12 - 10:20 AM

Victor Oladipo (sore right knee) participated at Tuesday's practice and is officially questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

Oladipo ran through some 4-on-4 work with his team, and was also spotted going through some 5-on-5 work with the Pacers' staff after Tuesday's practice, so this is incredibly encouraging. He said that he'll be a minutes limit when he does get back, and that his status for Wednesday's game is still "up in the air," but he does appear to be on the cusp of a return. The Pacers will probably want him to get through multiple practices to see how his knee responds, so he's probably closer to doubtful for Wednesday's game, but Friday or Sunday could be on the table.
Dec 11 - 2:09 PM

Tyreke Evans scored 18 points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one triple in 33 minutes vs. the Wizards on Monday.

He finished 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line with three turnovers. Overall he's been a huge disappointment, and while he recently started trending up with five straight games with double-digit points, his value has an expiration date with Victor Oladipo (knee) returning to practice possibly as soon as Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 11:12 PM


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