Player News - Pacers

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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

David West (ankle) told reporters on Monday that he suffered a very bad sprain, but he still expects to be ready for opening night.

He will be out for the rest of the preseason, and was wearing a walking boot during Monday's practice, so we'll consider him questionable for the regular-season opener. While this is a bad sprain, it's not season ending, and West remains a reasonable mid-round target as he'll have to carry the Pacers' offensive workload with Paul George (foot) on the sidelines.
Oct 20 - 2:32 PM

Luis Scola is expected to start against the Wolves on Tuesday.

As it stands right now, he could be the starter on opening night with David West dealing with an ankle injury. Scola has rarely turned in top-100 value because he's only a two-category player, so fantasy owners shouldn't be overly excited about picking him up.
Oct 20 - 10:30 AM

David West (ankle) will have an MRI on his ankle on Monday.

His ankle sprain looked awful on Saturday, but he didn't break it because X-rays were negative. West is likely out for the rest of the preseason and he could be in jeopardy of missing some regular season action. Luis Scola is going to start, but Chris Copeland is probably the preferred target in a vacuum because of his output in 3-pointers and higher upside.
Oct 20 - 9:44 AM

X-rays on Saturday were negative on David West's right ankle.

He's dealing with a sprain and coach Frank Vogel said he doesn't know how long West will be out. The team will likely give him an MRI and we'll pass along the information as it becomes available. It's possible West isn't ready for opening night. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola would gain value.
Oct 19 - 12:07 AM

Lavoy Allen played 21 minutes during a 98-93 win over the Mavs on Saturday with eight points, one rebound, two assists and two steals.

He could get in the rotation now with David West (ankle) possibly missing some time. Fantasy owners can ignore Allen in just about all leagues, though.
Oct 18 - 10:06 PM

Solomon Hill played 22 minutes off the bench and scored four points with five boards, one steal and one turnover on Saturday.

He's pretty much out of the running right now. Hill has struggled at putting the ball on the floor and he hasn't looked great on defense. You can take him off your watch list, especially with Chris Copeland impressing tonight.
Oct 18 - 9:51 PM

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