Mike Dunleavy is starting to find his comfort zone again. Dunleavy, who missed 19 games with a broken thumb, came off the bench to score 15 points in 21 minutes in the Pacers' loss to the New Orleans Hornets.
Dunleavy's return has meant a loss of playing time for Dahntay Jones. Jones has played a total of five minutes in the past three games.
"The only thing I felt bad about was that there were 10 guys playing before and then I come back and somebody is going to be out of the rotation," Dunleavy said. "I feel bad about that, but that's part of the game. Other than that, I knew I was ready to go."
Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel does not want to play five wingmen. He said he's not sure how plans to handle the playing time on the wing going forward because he likes what each player does because they're all different.
Vogel didn't rule out putting Dunleavy back in the starting lineup at some point down the road.
"It's too far to project, but I see that as a real possibility," Vogel said about Dunleavy starting. "I think he's doing well. We have a lot of guys playing well. Dahntay was playing well before Mike came back. Paul and Brandon are both playing well. They're an unselfish group. They care about winning."
HORNETS 108, PACERS 96: The Hornets led by at least 10 points in all four quarters to help them coast to an easy victory over the Pacers. F Trevor Ariza had his way against Pacers F Danny Granger to score a game-high 19 points. Granger and G Mike Dunleavy had 15 points each for the Pacers.
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