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Pacers' Chris Duarte: DNP-CD vs. Kings
Duarte was a DNP-Coach's Decision during Friday's win over the Kings.
Duarte joined the starting five for four games as the Pacers dealt with injuries to Tyrese Haliburton and Andrew Nembhard. The results were solid for Duarte, as he averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 31.3 minutes, though he shot just 31.8 percent from deep on 5.5 attempts. Three-point shooting has been a major issue for the second-year wing. He shot 36.9 percent as a rookie but is down to 29.5 percent this season, and he's not a talented enough passer or defender to make up for that deficiency. With Haliburton returning Thursday against the Lakers, Duarte came off the bench and played just five minutes, followed by his DNP-CD on Friday. The Pacers struggled with Haliburton out, but the team is still 25-29 and firmly in the play-in mix. There's a chance Indiana will let things play out this season rather than trading off veterans for a rebuild. If that's the case, coach Rick Carlisle will likely continue to shorten his rotation, as he's been doing throughout the season. It appears Duarte may now be on the outside looking in.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Buddy Hield: Sneaky double-double Friday
Hield amassed 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-9 3Pt), 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 37 minutes during Friday's 107-104 victory over Sacramento.
Hield recorded his third double-double of the season, adding two steals for good measure. Typically reliant on his scoring, Hield has actually been a pest on the defensive end over the past two weeks. He has now secured double-digit steals in six of his past seven games, putting up top-20 value in that time. He won't be this good all season, but based on what we have seen from him in a Pacers uniform, he may be able to maintain top-50 value for the rest of the season.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' T.J. McConnell: Plays reduced role, as projected
McConnell notched eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes during Friday's 107-104 victory over Sacramento.
McConnell's time as a 12-team asset appears to be over based on his past two games. With Tyrese Haliburton back in the lineup, McConnell has moved back to the bench, and his minutes have fallen to just 14 and 17, respectively. There had been an inkling of hope that he would be able to maintain a 20-plus minute role, but those hopes can now be put to bed.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Daniel Theis: Plays as primary backup
Theis ended Friday's 107-104 victory over the Kings with eight points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 15 minutes.
Theis played 15 minutes off the bench Friday, soaking up all of the available backup center minutes. While this isn't really relevant from a standard league perspective, it is interesting that both Jalen Smith and Isaiah Jackson were out of the rotation. Jackson has been the focus of much discussion lately, specifically centered around his stash value heading into the trade deadline. This is certainly not an encouraging sign, although he could still be worth holding given the deadline is only a matter of days away.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton: Expected to be available
Head coach Rick Carlisle said he hasn't been told by the medical staff that Haliburton (ankle/elbow) won't be able to play or needs to be limited during Friday's game against the Kings, Dustin Dopirak of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Based on Carlisle's comments, it seems like Indiana is preparing as if Haliburton, who's officially listed as questionable, will not only be able to play the second night of a back-to-back set, but the star point guard will also be able to handle his usual workload. Haliburton returned Thursday following nearly a three-week absence due to left knee and elbow injuries and played well, posting 26 points, 12 assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Barring a setback during warmups, it's safe to assume the All-Star reserve will garner a similar role Friday night.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Daniel Theis: Available against Kings
Theis (knee) is available for Friday's game against Sacramento, Dustin Dopirak of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Theis was limited to just seven minutes during his season debut Thursday, but it's encouraging that he'll be able to suit up for the second half of the Pacers' back-to-back set. Despite his availability, his workload will presumably be monitored once again Friday.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton: Iffy for Friday's contest
Haliburton is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Kings due to left knee and elbow sprains.
Haliburton spent nearly three weeks on the sideline with knee and elbow sprains before returning to action Thursday. He played well during his first game back, posting 26 points, 12 assists and two steals in 36 minutes, but as expected, the Pacers might hold him out of Friday's contest to manage his workload following a lengthy absence. If that's the case, T.J. McConnell would presumably draw another start at point guard.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Daniel Theis: Questionable Friday
Theis (knee) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.
Theis made his season debut Thursday against the Lakers and didn't record any counting stats in seven minutes of playing time. If he's able to suit up for the second half of the back-to-back set Friday, he'll likely face a significant minutes restriction again.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Daniel Theis: Makes season, team debuts
Theis (knee) played seven minutes off the bench and finished with zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one foul and no other statistics in Thursday's 112-111 loss to the Lakers.
Suiting up for the first time all season after a prolonged recovery from offseason knee surgery, Theis was surprisingly the first substitute off the bench for the Pacers. He finished out the first quarter and re-entered the contest for two more brief stints in the second quarter, but Theis didn't play at any point in the second half while Isaiah Jackson handled the backup center role when starter Myles Turner was off the court. Jackson thus appears to be ahead of Theis in the rotation for now, but head coach Rick Carlisle's plans could change once Theis is further removed from the knee injury.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton: Settles back in nicely in return
Haliburton (knee/elbow) finished with 26 points (11-24 FG, 4-13 3Pt), 12 assists, two rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Thursday's 112-111 loss to the Lakers.
As his big minutes load and full stat line attests, Haliburton wasn't eased back in and showed little sign of rust after missing the Pacers' past 10 games with a sprained left elbow and a left knee bruise. He was running hot early, entering the halftime break with 16 points and six assists before finishing with team-high totals in both categories. Considering that Thursday marked the front end of a back-to-back set, Halburton could be a candidate to sit Friday against the Kings for rest purposes, though the Pacers have yet to clarify their plans.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Aaron Nesmith: Goes for season-high 24 points
Nesmith finished with 24 points (9-12 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals over 35 minutes during Thursday's 112-111 loss to the Lakers.
Nesmith was in rhythm all night, knocking down five of six field-goal attempts for 15 points in the first half before going 4-of-6 over the final two quarters to finish with a season-high 24 points. The small forward also matched his season high with five threes in the contest, four of which came in the first half. It was Nesmith's third game this season with at least 20 points, though he now has just two assists over his last four contests.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Myles Turner: Notches 20 points, 13 boards
Turner finished with 20 points (8-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes during Thursday's 112-111 loss to the Lakers.
Turner got after it on the glass in the first half, grabbing nine boards to go along 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. He was much more quiet after the break, however, adding just six more points on 2-of-3 shooting while grabbing four more rebounds to notch a team-high 13 boards on the night. Turner has broken the 20-point mark in four of his last five contests and has hit at least two threes in each game over that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Andrew Nembhard: Reclaims starting role Thursday
Nembhard is starting Thursday's game against the Lakers, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Nembhard returned to action Friday against the Bucks but came off the bench over his last two appearances and averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 assists in 24.0 minutes per game. However, he'll return to the starting lineup while Chris Duarte comes off the bench Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' T.J. McConnell: Back to bench with Haliburton in
McConnell will come off the bench Thursday against the Lakers, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
With Tyrese Haliburton (knee) returning Thursday, McConnell will head back to his usual bench role. Fantasy managers that have relied on McConnell during this stretch should likely explore dropping him during the upcoming waiver period unless you're desperate for assists. When coming off the bench this season, the veteran has averaged 6.7 points, 4.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 18.1 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Chris Duarte: Coming off bench Thursday
Duarte isn't starting Thursday against the Lakers, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Duarte started the last four games and averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 31.3 minutes per game during that time. Andrew Nembhard will reclaim his starting role during Thursday's matchup.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Daniel Theis: Available Thursday
Theis (knee) is available for Thursday's game against the Lakers.
Theis spent the first half of the year recovering from offseason knee surgery, but he practiced Tuesday and Wednesday and has been cleared to make his season debut against the Lakers. The 30-year-old will likely have his workload monitored in the near future, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the second half of a back-to-back set Friday against Sacramento.... See More ... See Less
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