Player News - Pacers

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Paul George made 7-of-13 from the field and 14-of-15 from the line for 30 points during a 112-104 win over the Pistons on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

After a brutal slump, George has two consecutive games with a field goal percentage greater than 52. George seems to have got his wish from back in the preseason to play less power forward with barely any run there while Myles Turner plays next to him. Expect PG-13 to hang in the top 10-20 range going forward.
Feb 6 - 10:25 PM

Myles Turner played 32 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block.

Coach Frank Vogel has made a major tweak to his rotation with the rookie as his power forward. Turner has barely logged any minutes with the Pacers going with a stretch four since he moved into the starting lineup. While that may or may not change, it doesn't really matter at this point for the high-upside rookie. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 6 - 10:20 PM

Ian Mahinmi played 20 minutes in his return on Saturday against the Pistons, scoring four points with three rebounds and one turnover.

He didn't quite look like he was all the way back from his lower back soreness. Regardless, the emergence of Myles Turner definitely hurts Mahinmi's upside even though Turner isn't really taking minutes away from him yet.
Feb 6 - 10:17 PM

Jordan Hill scored 12 points with eight rebounds, three assists and four steals in 27 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

Ian Mahinmi didn't have a minutes cap in his return, but the rust was clear. Hill took advantage of a favorable matchup in this game and he should play less going forward and is a proactive drop candidate for owners eyeing a hot free agent.
Feb 6 - 10:14 PM

Jordan Hill will come off the bench on Saturday against the Pistons.

He lost all his momentum on Friday and his playing time should drop quite a bit tonight. If you still have Hill on your roster, it's time to start thinking about dropping him.
Feb 6 - 5:26 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) will start on Saturday against the Pistons without a minutes restriction.

That will bump Jordan Hill back to the bench and make him someone most owners should cut. The Pacers have only used Paul George at the four next to Myles Turner for just four minutes since Turner has been starting, so that might change tonight. Mahinmi is only a low-end asset.
Feb 6 - 5:22 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pistons.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said on Friday that Mahinmi was probable, so he has a very good chance of returning from a four-game absence tonight. Mahinmi has been a pleasant surprise all season with averages of 8.5 points, 7.1 boards and 1.0 blocks, so he's worth a look if you need a low-end big. Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen will lose minutes upon Mahinmi's return.
Feb 6 - 12:34 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said that George Hill's ability to play off the ball is "invaluable" to the Pacers.

"He’s shooting the ball well," Vogel said. "That’s needed because, obviously, we have Paul George back this year and we have Monta [Ellis] and we’re putting the ball in his hands a ton so [Hill’s] ability to play off the ball makes him invaluable really to what we’re doing." Hill has been a top-40 player in standard leagues over the last five games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 51.0 percent shooting from the field.
Feb 6 - 11:34 AM

Paul George scored 31 points during a 102-96 loss to the Hawks on Friday with nine rebounds, six assists and seven 3-pointers.

He only turned the ball over one time in a great game. George was also 11-of-21 from the field to turn in a very efficient line. George had made just 38.1 percent from the field in his previous 10 and that's been a problem since early December. He's still a second-round player in 2016.
Feb 5 - 10:29 PM

Jordan Hill scored three points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

As great as he's been lately, he's still Jordan Hill. He scored just six points in Wednesday and is clearly trending down. If there is a hot pickup out there, Hill's owners shouldn't be too tied to keeping him.
Feb 5 - 10:22 PM

Lavoy Allen scored 13 points with 14 rebounds and one block in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

It's just his second double-double for Allen. While Ian Mahinmi (back) could miss more time, Allen is still only a desperation add right now due to very little output beyond scoring and boards.
Feb 5 - 10:08 PM

Ian Mahinmi (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Mahinmi didn't even travel with the team to Atlanta, but Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Ian could potentially make his return Saturday vs. Detroit. With Mahinmi out on Friday, Myles Turner, Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen will continue to see an uptick in minutes, with Turner offering the most upside.

C.J. Miles got hot on Wednesday, hitting 10-of-15 shots and four 3-pointers for 27 points, two rebounds and one assists in a win over the Nets.

The minutes weren't enticing and CJM had scored 3, 2, 9 and 5 points in his previous four games. Just keep an eye on him, but as long as he's coming off the Pacers' bench, he's probably not a guy you want in your fantasy lineup. But yeah, he was great tonight.
Feb 3 - 11:34 PM

Lavoy Allen played 25 minutes and hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, eight rebounds and a block in Wednesday's win.

Jordan Hill started at center, but played just 19 minutes to finish with six points and four rebounds, while Allen and Myles Turner both played big minutes. Ian Mahinmi (back) should be back soon, meaning Allen and Hill should go away quietly in the near future. Allen had a total of 12 points and 13 rebounds in his previous two games, but will be an afterthought once Mahinmi is back.
Feb 3 - 11:32 PM

Monta Ellis hit 5-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal and five turnovers in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

After scoring 25 and 32 points last weekend, Monta has cooled off, scoring 14 on Monday and 11 tonight. He'll get hot again soon, so just keep rolling him out there, while the rest of his line was nice.
Feb 3 - 11:29 PM


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