Stephenson (illness) will be available to play Thursday. Stephenson was considered a game-time decision with an illness earlier in the day, but coach Nate McMillan confirmed that he will be available to play Thursday. With him being able to go, the illness shouldn't be an issue in any upcoming games.
Stephenson is dealing with an illness and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with the Trail Blazers. While an illness shouldn't keep Stephenson out for an extended period of time, there's certainly a chance he sits out Thursday, though final word may not be released until just before tip-off. With the Pacers playing the late game at 10:00pm ET, there's a chance we might not know his status until after lineup lock, so it will likely be a situation to avoid for fantasy purposes.
Stephenson will move back to the bench for Saturday's game against the Bulls. Stephenson made four straight starts while Victor Oladipo was out of the lineup, but with Oladipo set to return Saturday, coach Nate McMillan will shift Stephenson back to a reserve role. In the four games without Oladipo, Stephenson averaged more than 32 minutes per game, which he translated to 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while shooting 37.5 percent from three. Expect Stephenson to see a slight reduction in minutes going forward, likely settling somewhere in the range of 22-28 minutes on most nights.
Stephenson tallied 18 points (8-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt), nine rebounds and three assists across 35 minutes in Friday's 119-107 loss to the Bulls. Stephenson drew a second consecutive start for Victor Oladipo (knee) and was productive once again, posting a second straight double-digit shooting effort and 2-for-5 tally from three-point range. The 27-year-old has also turned in excellent work on the glass (12.0 rebounds over the last two games), providing his fantasy owners with a significant boost in production. While his time with the first unit is expected to end as soon as Oladipo is ready to return to the lineup, it appears the latter will miss at least Sunday's game against the Timberwolves, providing Stephenson with one more opportunity in the starting five, at a minimum.
Stephenson scored 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt), grabbed 15 rebounds, dished five assists, and collected two steals across 36 minutes Wednesday in Indiana's loss to Dallas. With star guard Victor Oladipo (knee) out, Stephenson stepped up in a big way for Indiana. He got the start in Oladipo's absence and posted a double-double. Stephenson has performed well in the role of sixth-man for Indiana. So far in December, he is averaging 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. If Oladipo remains out, Stephenson's value will rise as a result of the extended opportunities.
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