Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

George Hill played well in his second game of the season on Friday with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes during a 119-109 loss to the Pistons.

He came off the bench again, but we'd guess he'll be in the starting lineup on Saturday. Hill shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires right now.
Dec 26 - 11:10 PM

C.J. Watson played 32 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

Rodney Stuckey (face) did not return from an injury, so Watson picked up a bit of playing time. He probably would be headed to the bench if not for the Stuckey injury, but he'll be worth a plug-and-play should Stuckey sit on Saturday.
Dec 26 - 10:57 PM

Roy Hibbert scored 19 points with five rebounds and six fouls in 23 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

He started hot and looked good against Andre Drummond in the low post. Hibbert is starting to come around and has scored at least 14 points in his last three. It's still not time to say he's "back" from his awful slump earlier this month, but his owners shouldn't be dreading plugging him into their lineup anymore.
Dec 26 - 10:55 PM

Rodney Stuckey (facial contusion) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday and will not return.

Andre Drummond hit him in the face and perhaps he was poked in the eye. Stuckey needed help walking back to the locker room and maybe he couldn't see properly. Hopefully he didn't scratch his cornea or else it could cost him time. C.J. Watson and George Hill would get more run while Donald Sloan would likely get back in the rotation. Stuckey checked out with nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against his former team.
Dec 26 - 8:55 PM

C.J. Watson will draw another start for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

George Hill is back in the lineup, but the Pacers are bringing him along slowly off the bench. However, it's only a matter of time until Hill usurps the starting point guard gig, so there's not much reason to own Watson in standard leagues.
Dec 26 - 7:26 PM

George Hill will come off the bench again on Friday against the Pistons.

He was extremely busy in his debut with a usage rate of 28.0 in 21 minutes of action. Hill should have a lot of his plate as the primary ball-handler, so he should be owned in all leagues right now.
Dec 26 - 7:23 PM

Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

He's losing playing time anyway now that the Pacers are getting healthy again. Rudez isn't very appealing in any fantasy league.
Dec 26 - 4:26 PM

After struggling mightily from the field through the month of November, C.J. Miles has made an effort to choose his shots more wisely during the month of December.

"We wanted him to be assertive. He has the green light, but we want him to be selective in his shots," said Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel. "I was encouraging him to be so assertive that he was not great with shot selection. I think he's being smarter about that now." Miles is averaging 15.5 points and 2.4 three-pointers per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field during the month of December, and he'll be worth owning in standard leagues as long as he can keep up his current pace.
Dec 26 - 9:40 AM

George Hill (knee, quad) made his season debut on Tuesday, coming off the Pacers' bench for 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 21 minutes.

This was an unexpectedly fast start for Hill, who must regain his conditioning while adjusting to new teammates and a new role, and he has enough upside to be labeled 'must own' in standard fantasy leagues. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that Hill "looked great out there" before citing his speed, length and defense, and it shouldn't be long before he's back in the starting lineup.
Dec 23 - 10:31 PM

Roy Hibbert banged his knee during Tuesday's game but was able to return, finishing a tough home win vs. the Pelicans with 14 points, four rebounds and a season-high-tying seven blocks.

He made 5-of-10 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with a pair of assists in only 23 minutes, and this makes two strong games in a row after his recent slump. We'll keep a close eye on Hibbert's knee injury, which could worsen overnight, but for now we're considering him probable for Friday's game in Detroit.
Dec 23 - 10:30 PM

Pacers PG Donald Sloan picked up a DNP-CD during Tuesday's game.

George Hill returned to action and Sloan's DNP wasn't a coincidence. He can be cut loose in all fantasy formats with Indiana's backcourt as healthy as it's been all season.
Dec 23 - 10:29 PM

C.J. Watson scored 10 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 28 minutes on Tuesday, helping Indiana defeat the visiting Pelicans.

Rodney Stuckey added six points, five boards and four assists with some defensive stats, but both starting guards are on notice with George Hill (knee, quad) back in action. Watson's role seems the most precarious, though coach Frank Vogel has yet to reveal his ideal starting lineup.
Dec 23 - 10:27 PM

Roy Hibbert (knee) will return to Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

He suffered a bruise on his right knee but it didn't look too serious. Hibbert was seen icing his knee on the bench for a few minutes, but owners can take comfort in the fact that he is active again. Check back for updates, but it looks like the coast is clear for now.
Dec 23 - 8:39 PM

Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel is going to try and play George Hill nine minutes during each half for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Vogel also said that there will be no lingering injury concerns, just issues with conditioning, rhythm, and timing. Hill is going to be brought along slowly, but he's eventually going to be a primary fixture in the Pacers' offense, and should be owned in all leagues. C.J. Watson's value will take a hit once Hill is back to full strength, and Donald Sloan will likely fall out of the rotation.
Dec 23 - 6:35 PM

C.J. Miles (illness) is expected to play Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

He's been lighting it up since returning to the lineup, and is averaging 20.5 points, 2.7 3-pointers, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game over the last four. He has a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Pelicans, and should serve as a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Dec 23 - 6:21 PM


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