Player News - Pacers

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Paul George (leg) was noncommittal when asked about when he'd be able to return to the court this season.

"I didn't set any deadline," said George. "I said I was hopeful after two weeks of working out that I'd be in game-playing shape, but there's still no deadline." He also added that he feels he'll be brought along slowly if/when he is able to return to the court, but when he's been practicing, he has not experienced any pain that would hold him back from doing what he needs to do. We'll continue to track George's progress closely, and while he isn't a must-stash guy with no official return date on the calendar, his upside is certainly significant.
Mar 5 - 4:27 PM

Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points during a 105-82 win over the Knicks on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

He was hot in the first half with 15 points and didn't need to play much in the second half because of the blowout. Stuckey hasn't been great since his back-to-back 30-point games, averaging 13.3 points 4.5 boards, 3.8 dimes and 1.5 treys in his last four games. He's a decent player to own in points leagues, but not in standard formats.
Mar 4 - 9:50 PM

Ian Mahinmi started for Roy Hibbert (rest) on Wednesday with six points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes against the Knicks.

This was right on par with his averages in previous starts. Roy Hibbert rested on Wednesday and he should be ready to go for Friday night. Mahinmi can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
Mar 4 - 9:49 PM

George Hill had an easy time with the Knicks on Wednesday with 21 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

After an ugly seven-point game to start his second half back on Feb. 20, Hill his starting to get it going again. In his last five, he averaged 15.6 points, 5.2 boards, 6.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 treys in 30.4 minutes. His groin injury looks to be behind him and he's shaping up to be a must-start player right now.
Mar 4 - 9:47 PM

Paul George (leg) has gone through 3-4 full practices and remains without a timetable to return.

"I think he’s done three or four practices now; he’s not at full-strength yet so he’s still got some hurdles to get past before he’s able to get out on to the court and play in games," coach Frank Vogel said. "We’re hopeful that that happens this year. We’ll see how the next few weeks progress."Back in February, he was hoping to go through a practice on Mar. 1, so he's slightly ahead of schedule. It sounds like he won't return until late March and the Pacers are likely going to ease him back in before the playoffs. He's not a must-stash player, but give him a look.
Mar 4 - 5:54 PM

C.J. Watson is dealing with elbow soreness on Wednesday.

He is available to play, but it might just be in an emergency role. Donald Sloan will likely be in the rotation over Watson today, but is not a fantasy option. Expect to see a little more out of Rodney Stuckey and George Hill tonight.
Mar 4 - 5:30 PM

Ian Mahinmi will start at center vs. the Raptors on Wednesday, as Roy Hibbert is getting the night off to rest.

Mahinmi is a poor fantasy option even when thrust into a bigger role -- in four starts this season he's averaged 7.8 points, 6.8 boards, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. Lavoy Allen and Luis Scola should also pick up more minutes off the bench in Hibbert's temporary absence.
Mar 4 - 5:24 PM

Roy Hibbert (rest) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

Perhaps the Pacers are a little worried about Hibbert falling on his face in the second half again. While he did play well against the sub-par Philly team on Sunday, Hibbert struggled in his first four game games after the break. He is still worth owning in all leagues and should be fine for Friday. Ian Mahinmi will start and is not worth streaming in most leagues tonight.
Mar 4 - 5:22 PM

Luis Scola explained that his adjustment to coming off the bench has been easier this season.

Hampered last season by a sore shooting elbow, Scola is now comfortable and healthy. "It took me a little while to get used to (playing off the bench)," he said. "When you have a consistent role you get to know what your team is going to do and they know how you play and you know when you're going to get into the game and how many minutes you play," he added. Scola got some run with the starters early this year when David West (ankle) was out, and it's benefiting him nicely now. In unrelated news, Scola had a red welt on his knee after Sunday's win, but it's not expected to be an issue.
Mar 2 - 10:05 AM

Luis Scola led the Pacers' second unit on Sunday with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in just 19 minutes of action.

The 76ers yield monster games to role players with regularity, so view Scola's big night in context. Scoring and rebounding are Scola's strong-suits, and those two categories are the only reasons to own him in deep fantasy leagues.
Mar 1 - 9:59 PM

George Hill carved up the Sixers' defense on Sunday, finishing a 94-74 home victory with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

He shot 8-of-16 with one 3-pointer and did his damage in just 32 minutes of action. The fact that he was matched up against Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan certainly helped, but Hill has found his groove after an injury-plagued start to the year and he's regained must-start fantasy status.
Mar 1 - 9:56 PM

Pacers F Damjan Rudez started Sunday's game but only had three points and one turnover in 14 minutes before being benched to start the second half.

Frank Vogel had seen more than enough from Rudez by halftime and there's no reason to think he'll offer fantasy value down the stretch, even if he reclaims a starting job. Indy's 28-year-old rookie is averaging 4.6 points, 0.9 threes, 0.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16 minutes per game.
Mar 1 - 9:54 PM

C.J. Miles started the second half of Sunday's game but finished with only seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, including a 1-of-5 mark from deep.

Miles added a pair of rebounds, assists and steals in 29 minutes of action as the Pacers cruised to a win vs. the 76ers. Damjan Rudez shifted to the bench and Miles could very well keep the starting job, and his prolific 3-point shooting makes him a guy to own in all standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 9:53 PM

Roy Hibbert racked up 14 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and five blocks in Sunday's easy win vs. the 76ers.

Philly's frontcourt didn't pose much of a challenge for Hibbert, who recorded his first double-double since Feb. 4. He's averaging 22 minutes per game over his past six contests and he's been a borderline 12-team option over the past month, in part because he's shooting 41.8 percent during that span.
Mar 1 - 9:46 PM

David West took a backseat offensively on Sunday, making 3-of-8 shots to finish an easy win vs. Philly with eight points, six rebounds and two assists.

West added two blocks in 29 minutes to salvage some fantasy value and he simply wasn't needed vs. an inferior opponent tonight. His scoring has dipped lately with three single-digit performances in the past five games, but owners can expect him to steady the ship vs. New York on Wednesday.
Mar 1 - 9:44 PM

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