Player News - Pacers

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C.J. Miles made 8-of-15 from the field for 23 points against the Hornets during a 88-79 win on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers and one turnover.

Giving C.J. Miles a heavy dose of shots is like taking a kid to a candy store, but he did cash in tonight. He seems like a good bet to be one of the primary scorers for the Pacers and has a chance to make 2.0 triples per game. His field goal percentage will probably be sub-par, but he's a capable late-round pick in standard leagues for his upside.
Oct 23 - 9:56 PM

Roy Hibbert made just 5-of-14 from the field for 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and four turnovers against the Hornets.

Yes, it's an ugly shooting line and the turnovers are bad, but that's a nice usage rate, which figures to climb this season. Al Jefferson blocked him four times tonight, so the ugly line wasn't him just missing easy shots. If you miss out on blocks and are OK with an inept offensive center, Hibbert is an OK target late in your draft.
Oct 23 - 9:52 PM

Luis Scola scored 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers against the Hornets on Thursday.

David West (ankle) is very questionable to start the year, so we should see a lot of Scola to start the season. He's never really been a consistent fantasy asset because he rarely contributes in other categories besides points and boards. Scola is more of a short-term add and we like Chris Copeland more as a late-round pick for his upside.
Oct 23 - 9:48 PM

Chris Copeland turned in another efficient game with 11 points on five shots from the field to go with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Hornets on Thursday.

That's four very good games in a row out of Optimus Cope and he's gained a lot of momentum as a late-round pick. If you need a big man who make a lot of treys in the last round of a standard league, he could be your guy.
Oct 23 - 9:44 PM

George Hill (knee) will not play on Thursday against Charlotte.

He is fine and should be ready for the opener. Hill has a lot on his plate and will have to run the offense a heck of a lot more. If he can stay healthy, he could wind up being a very strong No. 2 fantasy point guard.
Oct 23 - 7:08 PM

C.J. Watson (foot) is still out on Thursday night against the Hornets.

He's been out since Saturday and it's unclear how bad his foot injury is. Watson has dealt with a lot of foot injuries, but the team has said multiple times it's just soreness. He's only an option in very deep leagues, but will be in the rotation and should be out there on opening night.
Oct 23 - 7:05 PM

George Hill is listed as questionable for Thursday's game after suffering a left knee contusion on Tuesday night.

"It swelled up pretty good so we’ll see how he is tomorrow and take it day to day," coach Frank Vogel said after Tuesday's game. Hill should be ready to go for the start of the regular season, and we're expecting him to be considerably better this season than last. Donald Sloan is pushing C.J. Watson for back up duties, but Hill is the guy you want to own.
Oct 22 - 2:41 AM

PG Donald Sloan came off the bench and hit 6-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 28 minutes.

George Hill suffered a knee contusion and left early, while Sloan has now scored in double digits in five of the Pacers' six preseason games. C.J. Watson still looks like the No. 2 point guard on this team, but it's possible Sloan ends up passing him on the depth chart before it's all said and done.
Oct 21 - 10:36 PM

C.J. Miles made another start on Tuesday, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for five points, one rebound, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes.

Chris Copeland has been running circles around him and might be ready to overtake him for starting small forward duties. It hasn't happened yet, but it's a position battle worth keeping a close eye on from here on in.
Oct 21 - 10:33 PM

Roy Hibbert hit 5-of-10 shots for 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

Hibbert looked good tonight and actually made half his shots. The Pacers need him to play like this on a nightly basis, and it's possible he's setting up for a bounce-back campaign this season.
Oct 21 - 10:31 PM

Chris Copeland started on Tuesday and hit 7-of-12 shots for 17 points, five rebounds and three more 3-pointers.

He's really turning it on and has scored 17, 22 and 16 points in his last three games, draining 13 3-pointers and grabbing 14 rebounds. We're still not betting that he's replaced C.J. Miles at small forward just yet, but he's at least made his presence known. The Pacers need a scorer like Copeland, and it would not be all that surprising to see him eventually unseat Miles. If you're in a deep league and need threes late, give him a close look.
Oct 21 - 10:30 PM

George Hill suffered a knee contusion on Tuesday and will not return to the game.

If you're going to have a knee injury, a contusion is the way to go. He's day-to-day and finishes with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer. He's looking for a bounce-back season as the Pacers' starting point guard, and he's looked good in the preseason. Consider him day-to-day.
Oct 21 - 9:49 PM

Paul George shot around following the Pacers' practice on Monday, making jumpers out to the 3-point line.

It's amazing to see George on the court less than three months after suffering a multiple compound fracture to his right leg. Despite his encouraging progress and optimism that he can return if Indiana makes the playoffs, he remains out indefinitely. The Pacers are proceeding as though he won't return during the 2014-15 season, and he's only worth owning if you don't mind stashing him in an IR spot all year.
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Oct 21 - 5:03 PM

C.J. Watson (sore right foot) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

It's worth noting that Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Watson would be able to play if it were the regular season. While Watson isn't the best option in standard fantasy leagues, he should see enough minutes at both guard spots to be a worthy late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Oct 21 - 1:55 PM

Rodney Stuckey (sprained right foot) will not suit up for the Pacers' final two preseason games.

The injury is not considered serious, and we expect him to be 100 percent for opening night. Stuckey is going to be the starting shooting guard for a Pacers team that doesn't have many offensive weapons, so he could score a lot of points this season. He's worth a late-round selection, but just know he doesn't contribute much to the stat sheet outside of points and free throw percentage.
Oct 20 - 2:56 PM


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