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Pacers' Domantas Sabonis: Double-doubles off bench
Sabonis registered 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Bucks.
Having exceeded 30 minutes just three times, people know what to expect from Sabonis: a tough-working bench player who doesn't need a whole lot of time to produce a solid statistical effort. His size and post play allow for him to maintain his role as a backup forward, while his youthful energy allows for quick production from the bench.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Myles Turner: Drops 23 points Wednesday
Turner recorded 23 points (9-22 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Bucks.
Turner didn't quite have the game he had last time out against the Wizards, but his production was still impressive nonetheless despite Victor Oladipo's return to action. Over the last three games, Turner has averaged 19.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and four blocks, numbers he will hope to sustain with Oladipo's return.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Double-doubles in return
Oladipo tallied 12 points (5-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and six assists across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Bucks.
After a lengthy 11-game absence, Oladipo was cleared of a knee injury to play in Wednesday's game. His return to action was promising, registering a double-double, something he only did three times prior to the injury. Wednesday night's game was Oladipo's second game under 30 minutes all season, so expect his minutes and production to rise quickly as he gets his feet back under him.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Thaddeus Young: Leads team to win Wednesday
Young contributed 25 points (9-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds, five steals, four assists and one block across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Bucks.
Young surpassed his season-high scoring Wednesday night while also getting it done on the defensive end, tying his steals season-high. His two-way talent is what makes him a factor and allows him to see plenty of minutes, and games like Wednesday's serve as a reminder to that statement.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Tyreke Evans: Heads to bench Wednesday
Evans will come off the bench Wednesday against the Bucks.
With Victor Oladipo (knee) returning to the starting lineup Wednesday, Evans will be pushed to the bench. The veteran guard still figures to play a large role considering Oladipo is under a minutes restriction for the time-being. Through 26 games, including 11 starts, Evans is averaging 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 22.3 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Starting, has minutes limit
Oladipo (knee) will start Wednesday against the Bucks and has an undisclosed minutes limit, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
It seems the Pacers will ease Oladipo back into action, but it's unclear how many minutes the All-Star will be allotted. Aside from the game where he suffered his knee injury, Oladipo has played fewer than 30 minutes just once this season. It was the season opener against Memphis, and he posted 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Cleared to play Wednesday
Oladipo (knee) will play Wednesday against the Bucks.
Oladipo will jump back into action Wednesday. The news is a bit surprising considering Oladipo just practiced for the first time Tuesday, playing 4-on-4. He will probably re-join the starting five, but it's not immediately clear if he'll garner his usual 30-plus minutes.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Plays 4-on-4 Tuesday
Oladipo (knee) took part in 4-on-4 work at practice Tuesday.
Oladipo's return to the practice floor is an encouraging development, though it's still very much unclear when he could be back on the court in a game setting. The All-Star guard said his status for Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks is yet to be decided, though it would be somewhat of a surprise if he's cleared to play after just one practice, given the long layoff. Assuming Oladipo's knee responds well Wednesday morning, the more realistic scenario would be a return Friday in Philadelphia or Sunday against New York.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Thaddeus Young: Double-doubles in win Monday
Young accrued 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists and a steal in 36 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Young cracked the 20-point threshold for the second-straight game, and appears to be finding his rhythm offensively after struggling to start the season. While the veteran forward is still managing 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, his primary role is that of veteran leader and his is little more than the fourth or fifth option on offense. Young has scored in double-figures in 10 of his past 12 games, but due to his role doesn't boast a high-enough ceiling to be considered much more than a fringe asset in standard leagues.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic: Scores 22 in win
Bogdanovic finished with 22 points (8-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal across 37 minutes in Monday's win over Washington.
Bogdanovic had yet another excellent game in what is shaping up to be a career year. The Bosnian forward is averaging a career high 16.4 points while shooting an outstanding 52.6 percent from the field, 48.6 percent from three and 80.9 percent from the line on the season. Although Bogdanovic doesn't contribute much beyond points, his elite percentages and consistent scoring make him a worthy option in standard formats.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Tyreke Evans: Scores 18 in win
Evans scored 18 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and added six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block in 33 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Evans has scored in the double-figures in each of his past five games, although Monday was the first time he's cracked 50-percent from the field in that span. The veteran guard has had a for the Pacers, although his averages of 10.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists are a dramatic drop off from last year. At this point, Evans doesn't hold much value as he's been unable to translate his expanded role in the wake of the Victor Oladipo (knee) injury into tangible fantasy success.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Darren Collison: Dishes out 17 dimes Monday
Collison recorded 10 points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 17 assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Collison easily set a season-high for assists Monday, dishing out 17 helpers in a season-high 37 minutes. It was good to see Collison have a strong statistical performance as he's largely taken a step back this year, with his averages down across the board. That said, Collison has recorded four double-digit assist performances in his last eight games, clearly getting more playmaking opportunities with Victor Oladipo (knee) out.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Myles Turner: Dominant in Monday's win
Turners contributed 26 points (11-16 FG, 2-3 3pt, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, five blocks an assist and a steal in 38 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Turner dominated the paint on Monday, posting a season high in points, and recording his fifth double-double of the year. The fourth-year center has failed to take the step forward on the offensive end many were expecting, although he's blocking shots at a career-best rate. Turner has played a larger part in the offense with Victor Oladipo (knee) out, and is averaging 15.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in his last five games.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Could practice Tuesday
Coach Nate McMillan said Monday that he hopes Oladipo (knee) will be able to practice Tuesday, Pat Boylan of Fox Sports Indiana reports.
Oladipo remains out indefinitely while nursing soreness in his right knee, but this certainly look to be an encouraging development. The All-Star hasn't played since Nov. 17, though if he's able to get back on the practice court this week, he'd likely have a chance to return for one of the Pacers' next handful of games. Indiana plays Wednesday, Friday and Sunday before another four-game Week 10, and it doesn't have two consecutive days off until Dec. 24 and 25.... See More ... See Less
Pacers' Aaron Holiday: Continues to see regular minutes
Holiday has been a part of the regular bench rotation in the absence of Victor Oladipo (knee), but he hasn't been a significant fantasy contributor.
The rookie out of UCLA struggled to find minutes early in the season, but injuries have enabled him to work his way into the mix over the last few weeks. Holiday has played double-digit minutes in all but one game since Nov. 17, and he holds averages of 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over that span. Holiday is hitting just 25.6 percent of his three-point attempts, however, and he was held scoreless in 16 minutes Saturday against Sacramento.... See More ... See Less