Player News - Pacers

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Victor Oladipo grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against the Pistons during a 107-100 win on Friday, adding 21 points, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers.

The Pacers looked like they were dead when they were down 22 points in the third quarter, but they managed to pull out the win with their 36-19 edge in the fourth. Oladipo's minutes have been soaring lately with 35.6 per game over his last five outings with one garbage-time game mixed in, averaging 23.2 points, 6.8 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.8 treys. He's the real deal.
Nov 17 - 10:17 PM

Domantas Sabonis (illness) scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

He closed at center in this game and he actually played solid defense against Andre Drummond with just two fouls. Sabonis is clearly more comfortable in Indiana and coach Nate McMillan had played him next to Myles Turner before tonight, but he didn't need to in this game. Sabonis has benefitted from Turner being in a cold spell lately, but he continues to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.
Nov 17 - 10:08 PM

Lance Stephenson scored 13 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

This was one of his best games of the year and he helped the Pacers overcome a 22-point hole. Stephenson has been one of the most inconsistent offensive players in the league, so fantasy owners would have to see him string some games together before adding him. He is trending up after that brutal start, though.
Nov 17 - 9:59 PM

Myles Turner did not play down the stretch against the Pistons on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for seven points with five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

He just didn't have it on offense while the Pacers were rolling with their unit without him in the fourth. Shockingly, Turner missed all 10 shots from within 20 feet in this game, so credit Andre Drummond there. Turner has kind of cooled off since his "I'm back" 21-point, 12-board game on Nov. 7, averaging 9.8 points, 6.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.4 treys and 2.6 blocks in those five. The blocks are still making his owners happy, but this presents one of the best buy-low opportunities for one of the hardest categories to add in fantasy. We still view Turner as an elite fantasy asset.
Nov 17 - 9:57 PM

Domantas Sabonis (illness) has been cleared to play on Friday vs. the Pistons.

He's still managed to hold onto value with Myles Turner back in the lineup, posting 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.7 minutes over his last four games. He doesn't provide many defensive stats, but Sabonis is doing enough to warrant ownership in most fantasy leagues.
Nov 17 - 5:56 PM

Coach Nate McMillan said that Domantas Sabonis (illness) would be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup against the Pacers.

Despite being bumped back to the bench since Myles Turner's return, Sabonis has still managed to post impressive numbers. Over his last four games, Sabonis is averaging 13.5 points (on 63.6 percent shooting), 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.7 minutes. If Sabonis is unable to play on Friday, Al Jefferson would serve as Turner's primary backup.
Nov 17 - 11:15 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic made 6-of-9 shots, including 4-of-6 from deep, to finish Wednesday's game with 16 points, three rebounds and one assist.

The supporting stats are starting to dry up, in line with his career numbers, which has reduced Bogdanovic to more of a points-and-threes specialist. Even his strong FT% isn't helping owners lately, since he's failed to get to the line in three straight games.
Nov 15 - 11:26 PM

Domantas Sabonis came off the bench for 13 points, six rebounds and four assists on Wednesday, making 6-of-10 shots in 24 minutes of action.

Nate McMillan admitted that he's still trying to find "combinations that work" as his team tries to get back to .500. Sabonis shared the court with Myles Turner for about nine minutes tonight, which could work to the advantage of both big men if it increases. Either way, Sabonis is a solid source of points, rebounds, and especially FG percentage.
Nov 15 - 11:26 PM

Myles Turner logged 33 minutes vs. Memphis on Wednesday, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Turner hasn't been his dominant self since returning from a concussion, and he admitted that he's "not quite 100 percent." His owners may be growing restless, so this is the ideal time to make some discounted trade offers -- it's only a matter of time before he's back among the center elites.
Nov 15 - 11:25 PM

The Pacers won for the second time in six games on Wednesday, led by Darren Collison's 30 points on 8-of-13 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws.

Collison added eight assists, two rebounds and two 3-pointers with just one turnover in 41 minutes, a stellar performance that few saw coming -- in the Pacers' previous three games, he averaged just 6.3 points on 33.3 percent shooting. He's been hit-or-miss most of the season, and this won't be the norm, but he's still cruising overall with mid-round value.
Nov 15 - 11:25 PM

Ike Anigbogu has been sent down for a G-League stint.

He's logged a total of 17 minutes through six brief appearances with the Pacers this season, so he'll head down to the G-League to keep him in playing shape. Anigbogu belongs on the waiver wire in all settings.
Source: NBA
Nov 15 - 1:30 PM

Myles Turner said he's still not quite 100 percent after missing seven games with a concussion earlier this season.

"I'm not quite 100 percent," Turner said Tuesday. "I'm getting there, but I'm not where I want to be yet." Since returning to the court, Turner has been averaging just 27.2 minutes a night to go with 13.2 points, 8.0 boards and 2.3 blocks per contest on 44.1 percent shooting. Nate McMillan has also been experimenting with different lineups, and because he hasn't played Domantas Sabonis much alongside Turner, Sabonis has been eating into Turner's minutes. That's not a trend we'd expect to continue, so now would be a good time to float out some buy-low offers to Turner owners.
Nov 15 - 11:00 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic posted five points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes vs. Houston on Sunday.

The fourth-year forward made 2-of-10 shots with one 3-pointer, and he failed to attempt any free throws for the third time in four games -- that's unfortunate for fantasy owners since he's 82.8% on the season. He was coming off a 22-point game vs. Chicago, of course, and we're far more concerned with Bojan's supporting stats than his scoring.
Nov 12 - 9:08 PM

Darren Collison was quiet in 23 minutes vs. Houston, going 3-of-6 from the field for nine points with two boards, two assists, two 3-pointers and one steal.

The minutes were a season-low, while backup Cory Joseph chipped in two points, three assists, two blocks and one rebound in 26 minutes. Indiana was buried in the first quarter tonight, which prompted Nate McMillan to shake up his rotations, so we're not reading into Collison's dud.
Nov 12 - 9:04 PM

Domantas Sabonis hit 7-of-10 shots for 17 points on Sunday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

Sabonis did play nearly five minutes alongside Myles Turner tonight, which is something we'll continue to watch. The more comfortable coach Nate McMillan is playing them both in the frontcourt, the more minutes Sabonis is likely to earn as the season progresses. Indiana has every incentive to play him, and he's a firm 'hold' in fantasy leagues.
Nov 12 - 8:58 PM


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