Player News - Pacers

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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

Roy Hibbert will play vs. the Magic on Wednesday but he may sit out the second half.

The Pacers may simply to trying to get Hibbert some traction before the playoffs. He's been dreadful over the past five games with a True Shooting percentage of just 29.2 percent, and a -12.6 net rating per 100 possessions.
Apr 15 - 2:21 PM

Lance Stephenson put up a triple-double against the Thunder in Sunday's 102-97 win, scoring 17 points with 10 boards, 11 assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

He brought a ton of energy while most of his team continues to play a boring brand of basketball. Stephenson now leads the NBA with five triple-doubles, which is one greater than the four from Stephen Curry and Joakim Noah. He hasn't been the same player since the break with his assists and field goal percentage taking the biggest hits on the stat sheet, but he's still fun to watch. The Pacers will look to lock up the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a win against the Magic on Wednesday.
Apr 13 - 4:26 PM

George Hill scored three points in 23 minutes vs. the Thunder on Sunday with two assists and four fouls.

A lot of players get into foul trouble against the Thunder and Hill couldn't find a rhythm. He's had plenty of bumps in the road all season, but scoring just three points in his last two games since resting on Wednesday is one of his lowest lows. He'll look to turn it around in the season finale on Wednesday in an important game.
Apr 13 - 4:20 PM

C.J. Watson scored 20 points vs. the Thunder on Sunday with three boards, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

The Pacers probably would not have won this game without Watson and his clutch shooting. It also may not be a coincidence the Pacers struggled badly while Watson was out with his hamstring and elbow injuries, so maybe he can help his teammates figure out how to play team ball again. Still, his extra opportunity today was due to George Hill getting into foul trouble, so Watson isn't someone to pick up unless Hill gets another game of rest, which isn't happening.
Apr 13 - 4:16 PM

Ian Mahinmi picked up some extra playing time on Sunday vs. the Thunder, logging 21 minutes for 11 points, five boards, one assist and one block.

Roy Hibbert couldn't make his way up and down the floor and coach Frank Vogel decided to go with Mahinmi to help the flow of the game. Mahinmi might get another game with decent minutes, but his low usage rate doesn't make him a fantasy target.
Apr 13 - 4:12 PM

Roy Hibbert missed all nine attempts from the field against the Thunder on Sunday with six boards, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

He has been an absolute mess on both ends of the floor lately. In his previous four games, Hibbert put up a rebounding rate of 3.4 percent, which is hard to even comprehend for a guy at 7'2". He's also made just 21 of his last 81 shots and his offensive game is fried. Coach Frank Vogel kept his All-Star on the bench for most of the home stretch and he's clearly aware Hibbert is not the same player. He has some soul searching to do to get his mojo back for the playoffs.
Apr 13 - 4:05 PM

Roy Hibbert has looked downright awful over the past 10 games, averaging 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and just 1.3 blocks during that stretch.

If the Pacers want to compete for a championship they will need to get much more out of their franchise center. Hibbert started the year off with a bang, but his post all-star break numbers have dropped off substantially (9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 blocks). With possible rest days coming up in Indy's two remaining games, it wouldn't be the worst idea to drop the disappointing big man.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 13 - 10:53 AM

Lance Stephenson and the rest of the Pacers' starters all returned to action in Friday's big loss to the Heat, and Stephenson took a back seat scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one three.

Stephenson turned the ball over four times and Paul George did the same, but the duo were the only creators whatsoever out of the first unit so it's hard to lay the blame at their feet. The good news for owners is that he doesn't appear to be tired or out of shape like some of his teammates, so it's possible he avoids any other time off doled out by Frank Vogel.
Apr 12 - 12:30 AM

George Hill might as well have bought a ticket to Friday's one-sided loss to the Heat, posting just four assists and two turnovers without taking a single shot in a whopping 33 minutes.

We're not sure how Frank Vogel is going to handle this back-breaking loss but C.J. Watson (10 points, one assist, 19 minutes) is at least willing to compete. Watson is coming off a longer-term injury and it's unclear how many minutes he could theoretically handle, but the Pacers have to look at any and all options as their collapse has reached historic proportions.
Apr 12 - 12:25 AM


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