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Paul George said he's excited about having Lance Stephenson back in Indiana.

"We had a special memories," George said. "We've definitely got a bond on that court. Hopefully we pick up where we left off. He’s excited. He’s always considered Indiana home, so he’s very excited to play with me and us again. This is where he made his name and made his mark. He’s got that in the back of his mind." After signing a three-year, $12 million deal, Stephenson is expected to suit up for Sunday's game vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers. You can't make this stuff up. Unless he blows us away and recaptures the form he once had in Indiana, leave him on the wire.
Mar 30 - 10:49 AM

Paul George finished Wednesday's 110-97 road loss with 22 points (8-of-17 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), three 3-pointers, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

George lit into his teammates after Tuesday's loss to the Wolves, saying that his team had "no sense of urgency, no winning pride." He also stated bluntly, "I don't think I got the ball enough down the stretch." He finished with 28.6 percent usage tonight, and it would be surprising if he hits a lower mark than that over Indy's final seven games.
Mar 30 - 12:36 AM

Aaron Brooks scored 18 points in 28 minutes on Wednesday, making 6-of-15 FGs with a 4-of-5 mark from downtown in a tough loss to the Grizzlies.

Indiana is tied with Miami for the No. 8 seed and they're just 1.5 games up on the No. 9 seed Bulls, with road games looming vs. the Raptors and Cavaliers this weekend. Head coach Nate McMillan will roll with whichever lineups are working, in other words, and tonight that meant more Brooks over an ineffective Jeff Teague (20 minutes). That's extremely unlikely to become a trend.
Mar 30 - 12:33 AM

Jeff Teague played just 20 minutes on Wednesday, going 2-of-6 from the field for four points, five assists, one rebound and one turnover.

Mike Conley ran wild offensively to open the game and Teague seemed to shrink into himself after that onslaught -- he never found a rhythm offensively, and was outplayed by backup Aaron Brooks. As disappointing as this is for Teague's owners, he's still primed for a bounce-back effort vs. Cory Joseph and the Raptors on Friday.
Mar 30 - 12:32 AM

Lance Stephenson didn't suit up vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Stephenson inked a three-year, $12 million deal earlier in the day, and he could be active in a critical game vs. Toronto on Friday. The Pacers are desperate to get more firepower in their beleaguered second unit, especially after waiving Rodney Stuckey due to his left knee injury, but nothing about Stephenson's recent play suggests he'll help fantasy owners.
Mar 30 - 12:31 AM

Monta Ellis made another start on Wednesday vs. Memphis, but he shot just 1-of-5 from the field for two points with three rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Ellis played 32 minutes but he posted a mere 10.0 percent usage rate -- the only player lower was Lavoy Allen (9.4 percent usage in 14 minutes). Pacers coach Nate McMillan wants Ellis to stay aggressive offensively with the starting unit, but recent returns haven't been good. Leave him on the wire in most formats.
Mar 30 - 12:29 AM

Thaddeus Young got hot in 33 minutes on Wednesday, sinking 8-of-12 shots to finish with 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers.

Al Jefferson (ankle) is out at least two weeks, and Glenn Robinson (calf) will miss at least one more week, so the Pacers need their key guys to be effective in big minutes. Young has struggled since he injured his left wrist -- he was 0-of-7 from the field on Sunday, but over the past two games he's a combined 15-of-27. This was his first double-double since late December.
Mar 30 - 12:27 AM

The Pacers have reportedly signed Lance Stephenson to a three-year deal worth $12 million.

First off, wow. On the open market this season, Stephenson was only able to snag a non-guaranteed deal for $1.2 million from New Orleans, and a few 10-day contracts from Minnesota, so there really wasn't much reason for Bird to throw this sort of money at Born Ready. The first two years of this contract will reportedly be fully guaranteed with Year-3 being a team option. Stephenson put up career numbers the last time he was in Indy, but with how awful he's been over the past three years, fantasy GMs in most settings can use a wait-and-see approach.
Mar 29 - 12:58 PM

The Pacers are reportedly working on a deal to bring back Lance Stephenson.

Indiana opened up a roster spot by waiving Rodney Stuckey on Wednesday, so it appears that three years after Born Ready declined a five-year, $44 million deal from the Pacers, Larry Bird will be able to get him on the books for the veteran's minimum. While Stephenson did have a nice season the last time he put on a Pacers' jersey in 2013, he's been dreadful for the past three years, so this is wait-and-see territory just about everywhere.
Mar 29 - 12:28 PM

The Pacers will reportedly waive Rodney Stuckey (knee) on Wednesday.

Stuckey will be injured throughout the postseason, and the Pacers need healthy bodies for a playoff run, so Stuckey gets the ax after only managing to suit up for 39 games for the Pacers this season. Additionally, with Indiana getting him off the books prior to April 10, Stuckey will no longer have a player option of $7 million for next season, so he'll need to find his next contract via free agency.
Mar 29 - 10:42 AM

Monta Ellis started again for the Pacers and hit 8-of-11 shots to tie his season high of 19 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in Tuesday's 115-114 loss to the Timberwolves.

He's played very well in three straight games and might be the starting shooting guard going forward. He's scored in double digits in three straight games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 3-pointers over his last three games. He's hit 19-of-31 shots over that stretch, good for 61 percent, and might be worth picking up if you are looking for a shooting guard right now. He displaced C.J. Miles in the starting unit two games ago and while the Pacers lost tonight, the move could stick.
Mar 28 - 10:36 PM

Jeff Teague hit 6-of-12 shots and 8-of-9 free throws for 20 points, 10 assists and a steal in Tuesday's 115-114 loss to Minnesota.

Teague didn't hit a 3-pointer or block a shot, but no one is going to complain about this line. The Pacers are in a playoff dogfight right now and Teague is averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 2.2 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. He's going to play every night and should be started with confidence the rest of the way.
Mar 28 - 10:30 PM

Paul George racked up 37 points, seven boards, two assists, four steals and four 3-pointers on 12-of-21 shooting in Tuesday's tough one-point loss to the Wolves.

This was his fifth 30-point game in March and he's pretty much been killing it ever since the All-Star break. He's a no-brainer start the rest of the way and looked great against the Wolves, despite his team losing in the end.
Mar 28 - 10:28 PM

Thaddeus Young had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal on 7-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's tough 115-114 loss to Minnesota.

Young played for the Wolves for a cup of coffee in 2014, so maybe he had some revenge in mind. He's been pretty awful, scoring no more than eight points in any of his previous four games, and this was just his second double-digit scoring night over his last eight. Maybe this is a sign he's about to finally get hot, but we'll need to see it a few more times before actually getting excited.
Mar 28 - 10:23 PM

Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) will miss at least the next 2 weeks of action for Indiana.

If Jefferson is able to meet the 2-week timetable, there's a chance he could get back to the court for Indiana's final regular season game, but there are no guarantees that will happen. Jefferson was only averaging 11 minutes a game through the month of March, so his absence won't have any real impact in fantasy hoops. Kevin Seraphin and Rakeem Christmas may play more, but that doesn't mean much.
Mar 28 - 5:06 PM


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