Player News - Pacers

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Glenn Robinson III won the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night.

After one of the best Slam Dunk Contests ever last year, this one was a little disappointing. There were a lot of missed dunks and Aaron Gordon just didn't have the bounce that he had last year. Derrick Jones Jr. arguably had the best two dunks on the night, but misses in the final cost him. When he returns to action next week, Robinson III could lose his starting job due to the Pacers looking to deal their first-round pick for some help.
Feb 18 - 10:29 PM

The Pacers have made their first-round pick available to help Paul George, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

This is nothing new after they traded their first-round pick last year to get Thaddeus Young. According to the report, the Pacers are hoping that pick would translate to the addition of either an established wing or established frontline player. As we saw last week, the Pacers really need some depth at power forward while Glenn Robinson III isn't exactly a strong starter. This shouldn't affect George, Myles Turner or Jeff Teague, assuming the Pacers don't make a massive deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 17 - 10:09 PM

Paul George made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points during a 111-98 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Coach Nate McMillan left George in a little longer than usual in the third, but it still wasn't enough to now put the Pacers on a six-game losing streak. George has been particularly bad in those last four, making just 34.4 percent from the field in those losses. A big reason why is he's made just three shots at the rim and went just 4-of-22 on his mid-range shots -- that's usually the main reason why he slumps. He'll head to his fourth All-Star Game and look to get it going again after that.
Feb 16 - 9:46 PM

Monta Ellis played 31 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers.

It took a long, long time for Ellis, but he's actually looked good in his last four games. In that stretch, Monta averaged 12.8 points with 2.8 boards, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 treys on 60.0 percent from the field in 31.0 minutes per game. A big reason why has been he's had 51.4 percent of his shots come from within eight feet, making 72.2 percent of those -- league average is 57.1. Maybe the time off will help get him going, so give him a look.
Feb 16 - 9:40 PM

Jeff Teague scored six points with six rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

Coming into last weekend, he had as much momentum as almost any point guard. However, Teague has fallen off a bit since then, averaging 10.2 points, 4.4 boards, 7.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.2 steal and 0.8 treys in those five. The dip in usage has been a big reason why and he's still shot the ball OK at 44.2 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. He should continue to flirt with early-round value.
Feb 16 - 9:32 PM

Kevin Seraphin scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

Thanks to injuries to Thaddeus Young (wrist) and Lavoy Allen (knee), Seraphin had a nice little chance to show he was worth his free agent deal. In his last five games with this opportunity, he averaged 9.4 points, 3.8 boards, 0.8 assists and 0.8 blocks. With a week off to get healthy, he'll likely be losing a lot of playing time after the break.
Feb 16 - 9:27 PM

Myles Turner scored 17 points with nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 37 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

His first half puts him in the discussion for Most Improved Player, but Turner has seen a slight downward trend. He's seen his scoring, blocks and 3-point averages drop per game for each month from December to February. He's still held second-round value in standard leagues on the season and has exceeded every bit of hype.
Feb 16 - 9:24 PM

Lavoy Allen (knee) will not play on Thursday night against the Wizards.

That means Kevin Seraphin gets another start and a revenge game vs. his old team. Allen was a game-time call, so he should be ready after the break. Although, Thaddeus Young (wrist) should also be back, which would take away most of Allen's minutes. If you want to stream someone, give Seraphin, C.J. Miles or Glenn Robinson III a look.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Allen ruled out, Kevin Seraphin now becomes one of the more intriguing punt plays of the night, although that's not saying much given the two-game slate. We can likely pencil him in for around 25 minutes of court time, and given how thin PF is - Markieff Morris is the only "strong" option - Seraphin is viable in any format. His floor remains extremely low and Taj Gibson is the preferred cash game target, but Seraphin remains one of the few viable targets at the position.
Feb 16 - 6:04 PM

Lavoy Allen (knee) will be a game-time decision to face the Wizards on Thursday.

He was listed as doubtful and was a game-time decision on Wednesday, but Allen was ruled out fairly quickly compared to normal GTDs. If he is active, he will be coming off the bench with Kevin Seraphin sticking in the starting lineup. Seraphin had a nice revenge game against the Wizards on Friday with a 16-point effort, so he might be a decent option on a two-game night.
Feb 16 - 5:22 PM

Lavoy Allen (knee) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards.

Thaddeus Young (left wrist) is out again, so Kevin Seraphin will likely be relevant for at least one more game if Allen can't go -- Seraphin has played 25+ minutes in three out of his last four games. To be clear, there's very little upside here and Young should be ready after the break.
Feb 16 - 11:44 AM

Thaddeus Young (left wrist) will not play on Thursday vs. the Wizards.

This is his seventh game in a row on the shelf, but it makes sense for the Pacers to hold him though the All-Star break. He now gets a full week of rest and will hopefully be ready on Feb. 24 against the Grizzlies. Lavoy Allen (knee) is questionable, so Kevin Seraphin could see 25+ minutes tonight.
Feb 16 - 11:43 AM

Glenn Robinson III bounced back on Wednesday with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, adding three 3-pointers, six rebounds and two assists with zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

GR3 went scoreless as a starter on Monday but coach Nate McMillan stuck with him over C.J. Miles tonight. Fantasy owners have already seen what to expect from Robinson as a starter -- in 25 games he averaged 7.3 points, 0.9 threes, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks. Despite tonight's strong game, he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 15 - 10:18 PM

Jeff Teague dished out 11 assists with 15 points, two 3-pointers and four boards during Wednesday's road game vs. Cleveland.

Teague had six dimes in the first quarter alone, helping Indiana pick up an early 32-28 lead, but they couldn't sustain it in another tough defeat. He's cruising as a top-40 roto value this season thanks to 15.6 points, 1.0 threes, 4.1 rebounds and strong percentages, as well as value-anchoring assists (8.1) and steals (1.5).
Feb 15 - 10:18 PM

Kevin Seraphin earned another start on Wednesday and posted four points on 2-of-3 shooting with three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of action.

Lavoy Allen (knee) was out tonight, as was Thaddeus Young (wrist), so Seraphin was gifted another starting opportunity vs. the Cavs. The Pacers go again on Thursday and they're likely to play it safe with Allen and Thad, so Seraphin should hold mild streamer and DFS appeal for at least one more game. Don't expect much after the break, though.
Feb 15 - 10:17 PM

C.J. Miles played 19 minutes on Wednesday, finishing a 113-104 loss vs. Cleveland with eight points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.

Miles appeared to have an expanded opportunity with both Lavoy Allen (knee) and Thaddeus Young (wrist) on the sidelines, but he couldn't take advantage tonight. He's coming off the bench behind Glenn Robinson III but the result has been more losses for Indy, and things don't get easier vs. the rested Wizards on Thursday.
Feb 15 - 10:17 PM


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