Holiday had been excluded from the rotation in the Pacers' previous three games, but he stepped in as the team's third guard with Darren Collison (groin) and Wesley Matthews (hamstring) sitting out. Indiana has already ruled both Collison and Matthews out for their second straight game Wednesday in Detroit, so Holiday should again benefit from an expanded opportunity behind Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans.
Holiday stepped up with the second unit's second-highest scoring total, a tally that also served as his highest since Feb. 5. The 2018 first-round pick continues to see a modest role off the bench, however, as he'd even logged single-digit minutes in the first three games of the current month. Therefore, despite the occasional scoring uptick, Holiday can't truly be trusted from a fantasy perspective.
The Pacers held a massive lead heading into the fourth quarter, enabling Holiday and the other reserves to see some expanded run. While Holiday capitalized on the increased minutes handed to him, he's still largely struggled over the past month. Heading into the contest, Holiday had shot just 30.8 percent from the floor over 13 appearances since the beginning of January.
Holiday played his most minutes in almost two months in Monday's loss, and it's likely he'll continue to see more court time with Victor Oladipo (knee) done for the season. The rookie will need some repeat performances before he can be trusted in all but the deepest of leagues.
The Pacers like what they've seen from the first-round pick out of UCLA, but he hasn't been able to hold down a consistent spot in the rotation when all three of Darren Collison, Cory Joseph and Oladipo are healthy. However, given Wednesday's development, the expectation is that Holiday will reprise the role he held in November and December, when Oladipo missed a string of games with an unrelated knee issue. Over a 12-game span from Nov. 17 to Dec. 10, Holiday came off the bench to average 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 16.6 minutes per game, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from three.
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