Chase Budinger (coach's decision) didn't play in Saturday's 112-104 win over the Pistons.
Budinger has found himself on the outside of coach Frank Vogel's rotation of late, as he's logged just one minute of court time over the team's last eight games. Both Glenn Robinson (eight minutes in Saturday's game) and Solomon Hill (seven minutes) have seemed to leapfrog Budinger on the Indiana Pacers ' depth chart.
Monta Ellis was limited to eight points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block across 33 minutes in Saturday's 112-104 win over the Pistons.
Ellis has fallen back to earth since a 32-point explosion against the Nuggets on Jan. 30, as he's failed to crack the 15-point barrier in any of his last four games. He's shooting just 37.8 percent from the field while averaging 11 points, 4.3 rebounds, four assists, and 1.8 steals over 35 minutes in February, much to the chagrin of fantasy owners who were counting on his momentum from a strong January to continue through the second half of the season.
George Hill produced 17 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, and two assists across 33 minutes in Saturday's 112-104 win over the Pistons.
Hill had attempted only 16 combined shots over the prior two games, so it's not much of a surprise that he saw his scoring total take a considerable jump when he looked for his offense more frequently Saturday. The point guard is a solid complement to star small forward Paul George with averages of 13 points, four rebounds, and 3.2 assists, but he's still been a relative disappointment this season. Aside from an uptick in three-point efficiency and a small increase in steals, Hill's production is down across the board from 2014-15, despite the fact that he's seeing nearly six more minutes per contest.
Myles Turner contributed 16 points (8-13 FG), four rebounds, three assists, and one block across 32 minutes in Saturday's 112-104 win over the Pistons.
Turner has been a revelation since joining the starting lineup at power forward, and his emergence has allowed Paul George to transfer back to his more natural spot at small forward. In his six starts to date, the rookie is averaging 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 1.2 assists across 31.2 minutes. He's been a huge upgrade over the likes of Lavoy Allen and C.J. Miles, who had been previously been splitting the starting role, so look for Turner to continue to occupy a prominent spot on coach Frank Vogel's top unit.
Paul George tallied 30 points (7-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 14-15 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal across 30 minutes in Saturday's 112-104 win over the Pistons.
That marks back-to-back outings of 30 or more points for George, who has shot over 50 percent from the field in both contests. He struggled through most of January with an average of 21.8 points on 40.6 percent shooting, but the recent inclusion of rookie Myles Turner into the starting five seems to have eased some of the offensive burden on George.