Sabonis produced 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and six rebounds across 25 minutes during Indiana's 104-100 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Sabonis surprisingly led the Pacers in scoring on the night in his bench role, after having posted no more than seven points in any of the previous three games against the Cavs. The second-year big man put up a series-high number of shot attempts and also managed his best rebound total of the first four first-round games. While his production Sunday was certainly encouraging, it remains to be seen if Sabonis will enjoy the same level of usage in Wednesday's critical Game 5.
Updating a previous report, Sabonis will remain in a bench role for Tuesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reports.
It was originally reported that Sabonis would start in place of Thad Young, who is being rested. However, the lineup has since been revised and Trevor Booker is expected to pick up the start at power forward instead, with Sabonis taking on his typical bench role. Even though he's coming off the bench, Sabonis could still see a an elevated role, though he'll certainly come with a slight risk considering his exact workload is somewhat of a mystery for the regular-season finale.
Sabonis will start at power forward for Tuesday's game against the Hornets, freelance journalist Mark Montieth reports.
The Pacers are giving a handful of usual starters the night off for rest Tuesday, which includes starting power forward Thad Young. With Young out of the lineup, Sabonis will pick up the start and should be in line for an uptick in his workload. With the potential for big minutes, Sabonis should have some viability as reasonably priced play for Tuesday's DFS slate, especially considering he's coming off a 30-point, eight-rebound performance against the Hornets this past Sunday.
Sabonis finished with 30 points (13-21 FG, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in 38 minutes during Sunday's 123-117 victory over Charlotte.
Sabonis recorded a career-high 30 points in Sunday's victory, completely outplaying Myles Turner in the process. Sabonis has been a nice addition to the Pacers team this season after coming across in the Paul George trade with Victor Oladipo. He filled in admirably when Turner was hurt and has even maintained his value with Turner in the lineup. His value is somewhat capped due to his bench role but the coaching staff has shown they have the confidence to roll him out there when he has the hot hand.
Sabonis recorded 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block during Tuesday's 107-104 loss at host Denver.
Sabonis finally broke the double digit point barrier for the first time since Mar. 11 as he attempted the most total shots he has taken in seven games. Since his 21-point outing against the Hawks back on Feb. 23, the former Gonzaga standout and lottery pick has seen his scoring totals decrease considerably. Sabonis is averaging 8.3 points over that span compared to his season total of 11.4 points per game.
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