Player News - Pacers

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C.J. Miles played 29 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday during a 100-87 loss with 12 points, three rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

He was expected to be hobbled by an ankle issue, but Miles looked fine. He'll have a couple days off to get ready for Charlotte on Friday in what might be the most important game for the Pacers this season. Miles is a risky player to own in standard leagues.
Apr 1 - 11:52 PM

George Hill made 9-of-11 from the field for 21 points against the Celtics on Wednesday with six rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He's been a stud in March and is carrying it over into April. In March, only four players were able to post a usage rate greater than 23, a true shooting percentage greater than 60 and played more than 30 minutes per game: Hill, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard. Hill has been second-round player in the last month and is tearing it up for his owners.
Apr 1 - 11:42 PM

Roy Hibbert scored seven points on 3-of-9 from the field with three rebounds and one block against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He was a disaster on defense and wasn't much better on offense either. Hibbert was starting to come around a couple weeks ago, but he's really struggling yet again. In his last five, he's averaged just 7.6 points, 4.2 boards 1.4 blocks and 0.4 steals on 34.1 percent from the field. He's not very fun to own and can be cut if you're sick of lines like this one.
Apr 1 - 11:37 PM

Rodney Stuckey scored 16 points off the bench in 20 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday with two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He was in pain during warmups due to an issue with his shooting wrist, but he still made 6-of-9 from the field tonight. Stuckey has suddenly become an efficient scorer and maybe he'll have more minutes on Friday against the Hornets. He's a borderline player to own in standard leagues.
Apr 1 - 11:33 PM

C.J. Miles (ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (wrist) are available to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

Coach Frank Vogel said that both players are banged up heading into tonight, so they're likely to have their minutes limited. Miles has struggled to stay on the court even when he's entering a game at full health, so he's risky to start in any league. If he's unable to play through the injury, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill and Damjan Rudez would step up.
Apr 1 - 6:05 PM

Rodney Stuckey (wrist) will "try to play" vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

Stuckey shot 1-of-8 from the field in 25 minutes on Tuesday and owners may want to shy away from him -- the injury is to his shooting wrist and coach Frank Vogel suggested that Stuckey is pretty banged up. He recently recovered from a calf injury and may only be suiting up because the Pacers are fighting for their playoff lives. If he is limited, expect more opportunities to open up for C.J. Watson and Damjan Rudez.
Apr 1 - 6:04 PM

Rodney Stuckey (wrist) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He just got over a calf issue and he's now back on the injury report with an issue involving his shooting wrist. That may have explained why he made just 1-of-8 from the field on Tuesday. If he's out, C.J. Watson would likely be the sixth man while Damjan Rudez would also get more minutes.
Apr 1 - 3:12 PM

C.J. Miles (ankle) is questionable to play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He suffered a sprained right ankle on Tuesday and did not return. Miles has a ton of in-game injuries on the season and he'd be too risky to use even if he's a go. If he's out, expect more run out of Solomon Hill, Damjan Rudez, C.J. Watson and George Hill.
Apr 1 - 3:10 PM

Paul George (leg) will not play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

He is going through practice right now and is still awaiting medical clearance to get into game action. George could be cleared any day now, but there's still little incentive to adding him because the Pacers will likely limit his minutes. He can remain on the wire in most leagues.
Apr 1 - 2:10 PM

Rodney Stuckey (sore right wrist) notched four points (1-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes on Tuesday, and he started the second half in place of C.J. Miles (sprained ankle).

Stuckey recently came back from a calf injury and he's perpetually banged up, but the Pacers are scrapping for a playoff spot so it's not surprising that he'd play at less than 100 percent. His potential for offensive eruptions makes him a tantalizing fantasy option, especially if he starts on Wednesday, though he's been reduced to late-round value over the past 12 games with averages of 14.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals.
Mar 31 - 10:48 PM

C.J. Watson helped Indiana erase a big first-quarter deficit on Tuesday with 13 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes off the bench.

C.J. Miles exited after six minutes with a sprained ankle which could swell up overnight, jeopardizing his status for Wednesday's game. The importance of that game may be enough to keep Miles on the court, but if he does sit out expect Rodney Stuckey to start with more minutes and offensive touches also available for Watson and Solomon Hill.
Mar 31 - 10:48 PM

Roy Hibbert made only 3-of-11 FGs during Tuesday's defeat, adding three rebounds, one steal and three blocks in just 20 minutes of court-time.

Hibbert made a key block down the stretch but his offensive ineptitude is hard to overcome for a Pacers team that already lacks efficient scorers -- the Pacers' offense even stalled out with 40 seconds left in a five-point game, resulting in a missed 3-pointer from Hibbert. That said, he's providing late-round value in March and is worth deploying if you need solid rebounds, blocks and percentages.
Mar 31 - 10:47 PM

George Hill scored a game-high 28 points in Brooklyn on Tuesday, making 10-of-17 shots with four 3-pointers, six boards, three assists and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

The Pacers' playoff chances took a big hit with tonight's 106-111 loss to the Nets, as they're now 1.5 games behind Brooklyn for the East's final playoff spot. Hill's fantasy owners might not care, however, as he's caught fire recently with five-game averages of 23.0 points, 2.8 triples, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. That's even sweeter for owners who suffered through his interminable absence to begin the season.
Mar 31 - 10:46 PM

Updating a previous report, C.J. Miles (sprained ankle) is doubtful to return to Tuesday's game.

He sprained his ankle in the first quarter and was able to return for a while, but Rodney Stuckey took his place in the starting lineup to begin the second half. We'll pass along an update after the game.
Mar 31 - 9:09 PM

C.J. Miles sprained his right ankle early during Tuesday's game, but he has since returned.

He dealt with a severe left ankle injury last season but hasn't had any issues this season, and Indy is fortunate that he returned in a must-win game vs. Brooklyn.
Mar 31 - 7:52 PM


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