Poythress was recalled from the G-League on Wednesday.
Poythress has played in seven games with the Mad Ants this season and is coming off a performance Tuesday where he posted 20 points (6-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-10 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks across 37 minutes. Following that strong showing, he'll be recalled to the Pacers, and should provide some emergency depth in the frontcourt with Domantas Sabonis (ankle) out and Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable for Thursday's game against the Raptors.
Poythress did not see the floor in Wednesday's 108-103 win over the Nets.
Poythress is providing meager averages of 1.0 point (42.9 FG, 37.5 3Pt, 0.0 FT), 0.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, and 0.1 steals in 4.3 minutes per game through 21 appearances this season. Since the former two-way contract player was signed for the remainder of the year in late December, he has seen the court in just 10 of the 23 contests while averaging even less playing time (3.9 minutes per game) than before. He also hasn't shot a free throw yet in 2017-18.
Poythress, who was previously on a two-way contract, has now been signed for the rest of the season on a regular deal.
Poythress was only allowed to spend up to 45 days with the Pacers while on a two-way contract, so he'll now be converted to a regular one in order to keep him active with the big club moving forward. That said, Poythress has seen action in just 11 games so far, averaging only 4.7 minutes during those contests. That should keep him off the fantasy radar unless a few injuries were to occur.
Poythress is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks with a sore left thumb.
With the Pacers on the wrong end of a 107-83 blowout to the Pistons on Tuesday, Poythress picked up some extra run in garbage time, finishing with four points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across a season-high 22 minutes. It appears he tweaked his thumb along the way, but he's presumably only listed on the injury report for precautionary purposes heading into the second half of the back-to-back set. Poythress shouldn't face any limitations Wednesday and could actually be included in the Pacers' rotation with star wing Victor Oladipo (knee) considered questionable for the contest.
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