Sabonis scored a game-high 21 points (9-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding 13 rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes off the bench during Friday's 116-93 win over the Hawks.
The double-double was his 13th of the season but first in February. Sabonis' production has been somewhat volatile all season, but with the Pacers increasingly sticking to a three-man rotation in the frontcourt with Sabonis, Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner, the 21-year-old role and court time should remain significant down the stretch.
Sabonis generated 13 points (6-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists across 19 minutes during Team World's 155-124 win over Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Sabonis made the most of his modest time on the court, turning in a perfect tally from the field. The 21-year-old has been revelation in his second season, with the move to the Pacers from the Thunder opening up considerably more opportunity. Sabonis has drastically improved the majority of his numbers across the stat sheet while logging 19 starts due to injuries to Myles Turner, and his strong scoring and rebounding numbers should persist during the balance of the regular season despite what projects to be a second-unit role.
Sabonis scored 10 points (2-5 FG, 6-7 FT) while adding eight rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in 32 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 100-92 win over the 76ers.
Myles Turner, who came into the game nursing a minor knee injury, got into early foul trouble, opening the door for Sabonis to see big minutes and make a solid fantasy contribution. He's now averaging 13.8 points, 8.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 0.8 steals since the beginning of January, but as long as Turner is healthy it will be tough for Sabonis to improve significantly on those numbers.
Sabonis scored eight points (2-4 FG, 4-4 FT) to go along with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 17 minutes during Friday's 133-126 loss to the Hornets.
Sabonis came off the bench for the second straight game and managed to rack up five fouls, which limited his ability to contribute for fantasy owners. His role has diminished since Myles Turner returned to the lineup after an injury layoff, but he still figures to serve as a valuable member of the second unit. That said, Saturday represents the first time Turner has been presented with a back-to-back set since returning, meaning Sabonis could see some additional run.
Sabonis will come off the pine for Wednesday's contest against the Grizzlies, freelance sports writer Mark Montieth reports. Myles Turner will draw the start at center.
With Turner returning from an elbow injury and playing well in the team's most recent contest, coach Nate McMillan has opted to re-insert him into the starting five, pushing Sabonis back to the pine. Sabonis has proven to be a productive player in that role, however, averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds when called upon off the bench.
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