Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles scored 16 points versus the Knicks on Wednesday.
Insight: Indiana doesn't have any standout players, so it is very hard to predict which players will have great fantasy nights. Miles scored 21 points versus the Thunder last Tuesday, 13 against the Cavaliers on Friday but then just seven versus the 76ers before 16 on Wednesday. Miles is averaging 12.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.1 apg this season.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill posted a triple-double during Friday's victory over the Cavaliers.
Insight: Hill finished with 15 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, two steals, one block, and two turnovers. Hill is a top-100 option, and any owner who rolled with him on Friday, was handsomely rewarded.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey came off the bench and led the Pacers with 30 points as Indiana beat Golden State, 104-98.
Insight: Even without Stephen Curry, it was an impressive victory for Indiana. Stuckey was doubtful prior to the game, which makes his performance quite amazing. He was 11-of-17 from the field and 6-for-7 at the line. He also had five assists, four rebounds and a steal.
Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles had 17 points in Friday's, 106-95, victory over the 76ers.
Insight: Miles was 6-of-12 from the field with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two steals and one assist. It is hard to count on any of the Pacers guards as Miles, George Hill, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson have all capable of big games, but do not contribute consistently.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey took 16 shots coming off the bench in Friday's game versus the 76ers.
Insight: That's more than any Pacers starter. Stuckey led the team with 30 points, hitting 10 of those 16 shots, two of which were from downtown. He was also 8-for-8 from the line. Stuckey is clearly an abberation as he is averaging 11.6 ppg this season.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey (sore back/thigh) is probable for Friday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: He has averaged 16.3 ppg over his last three contests.That's up from a season average of 11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg. He's also shot 20-of-35 over that span (57.1 percent). The streak coincided with the return of George Hill as the starting point guard.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George (leg) told Yahoo that he is targeting a return by the middle of March.
Insight: Signs continue to point that George could be ready this season. There are still a ton of obstacles to get through, but he clearly trending in the right direction. Owners who can sustain a roster spot for an injured player, should consider adding George.
Description: Indiana backup center Ian Mahinmi (sprained right ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: Mahinmi's x-rays were negative, but it was thought he'd be out for a while. Lavoy Allen will also miss game. Roy Hibbert will get his normal minutes, but Mahinmi's return would hurt Luis Scola's value.
Description: Pacers power forward Luis Scola recorded a double-double as Indiana beat Charlotte, 103-102, on Sunday.
Insight: Scola had 15 points and 14 rebounds as he notched his fifth double-double of the season. The 14 rebounds tied a season-high. Scola also had three assists while shooting 6-of-11 from the field. Despite this great game, Scola is not fantasy relevant.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill was just 4-of-10 from the field but hit the most important shot of the game as Indiana rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte, 103-102.
Insight: Hill hit the game-winning lay up with four seconds left. Charlotte did not convert its last possession as Indiana held on to win by a point. The Pacers outscored the Hornets, 28-19, in the fourth quarter. Hill finished with 11 points, three assists, two steals and a rebound.
Description: Pacers backup center Lavoy Allen left last Thursday's game with a sore right knee versus the Knicks and will his his third consecutive game on Friday.
Insight: The Pacers are extremely thin up front with both Allen and Ian Mahinmi sidelined. Luis Scola will backup both center and power forward and see plenty of playing time versus the Cavs on Friday and probably for at least the next week.
Description: Indiana backup center Ian Mahinmi (sprained right ankle) isn't expected to play for a while.
Insight: Mahinmi's x-rays were negative, but it's a severe sprain and he's a big guy. Lavoy Allen will also miss Friday's game, so Roy Hibbert should be in for a lot of minutes. Luis Scola figures to get the backup work.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill scored a team-high 20 points during Wednesday's win over the Pistons.
Insight: Hill went 8-of-12 from the field, but just 3-of-8 from the line. He did have six assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer, and one block as well. Hill is now starting and should be owned everywhere.
Description: Pacers president Larry Bird said Paul George could return this season according to the team's twitter page.
Insight: All this really means is that the team will not hold George out of the lineup if he is healthy. No matter what position the Pacers are in this spring, George will return if he can. The likelihood he returns, however, is still very much in doubt.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill is expected to be the starter on Wednesday.
Insight: Hill has been limited in minutes, but that's up to 28 now and he is going to be installed back in the starting lineup. Despite averaging under 20 minutes over the past five games he's averaging 13 ppg. He's now a viable fantasy option.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert posted a double-double in Thursday's victory over the Knicks.
Insight: Hibbert had 18 points and 10 rebounds in what was his most impressive performance for some time. He shot 9-of-11 from the field and also had an assist, a block and a steal. If only he could consistently produce these kinds of numbers.
Description: Pacers backup center Lavoy Allen left Thursday's game with a sore right knee versus the Knicks.
Insight: Allen walked into the locker room under his own power with a slight limp according to Pacers reporter Scott Agness. He had eight points, five rebounds and one assist in nine minutes before leaving.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill will be on a minutes cap on Thursday versus the Knicks.
Insight: Hill has been limited to 20 minutes per game over the last three games and will be held to the same limit. He has still produced in the reduced court time, however, averaging 14.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg and 1.0 3-pointers per game over that stretch.
Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles will play on Thursday versus the Knicks.
Insight: Frank Vogel is likely going to ease him back into the rotation by playing him in spots according to Pacers reporter Scott Agness. He is a risky play in daily fantasy because it is unclear how much he will actually play.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill missed Wednesday's practice session, but could still play Thursday against the Knicks.
Insight: It's possible the team was just protecting him. Hill has played exactly 20 minutes in each of the last three games and is averaging 14.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg. Don't expect him to see any more minutes as the Pacers are expected to limit his court time for the rest of the season.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill will be on a minutes limit for the foreseeable future.
Insight: He will likely top out around 20 minutes per game, but even with that, Hill is still worth owning in all leagues. He will be the starting point guard, and will eventually get the restriction lifted.
Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles is doubtful for Sunday's game against Orlando due to a strained left groin.
Insight: Miles had been scoring well over the past few games, so this hurts fantasy owners. He averaged 20.5 ppg in his two previous outings and had eight points in seven minutes before the injury on Friday.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert received a flagrant 2 foul, and officials ejected him for Tuesday's game versus the Timberwolves.
Insight: Hibbert threw Gorgui Dieng to the ground, so there was no debate about the ejection. The NBA suspended Kevin Garnett a game for his ejection from Monday, and the league might do the same for Hibbert. He had 10 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 21 minutes before leaving Tuesday.
Description: Pacers point guard C.J. Watson said he expects to play on Wednesday against the Warriors according to Indy Star Sports.
Insight: We would normally say check back at gametime, but the Pacers are on the west coast, so little can be done at 10:30 EST if he is out. Fantasy owners should take him for his word and place him in the lineup for Wednesday unless they have a far better fantasy option.
Description: Pacers point guard Donald Sloan racked up 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Insight: Sloan is playing a nice all-around game and fantasy owners probably don't want George Hill or C.J. Watson to return anytime soon. Sloan has averaged 13 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 7.5 apg over the last two contests.
Description: Pacers point guard C.J. Watson (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against the LA Lakers.
Insight: Watson just can't get and stay healthy. With George Hill also sidelined by a groin injury, Donald Sloan should see as many minutes as he can handle. Sloan posted a nice 10 point, eight rebound, six assist night Friday and is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles came off the bench and led Indiana with 22 points.
Insight: That should sound familiar because Miles came off the bench to lead Indiana with 25 points on New Year's Eve. He made six 3-pointers on Friday, and he is now 11-for-19 from the 3-point line over the last two games. But since Miles will not be able to maintain that pace, he is not worth picking up in most leagues, however, keep an eye on him.
Description: Pacers small forward Chris Copeland came off the bench to lead the team in scoring against the Bulls.
Insight: The Pacers offense continues to be sporatic, receiving contributions from everywhere, which makes it hard to determine who to go with in fantasy. On Monday, Copeland shot 7-of-10 and made two free throws on his way to 17 points.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey suffered a facial contusion during the third quarter of Friday's game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Brooklyn
Insight: Andre Drummond hit him in the face and maybe poked Stuckey in the eye and he never returned. He is averaging 12.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg. George Hill and C.J. Watson would gobble up his playing time if he can't see well enough to play Saturday.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 19 points in Friday's loss.
Insight: The scoring is nice, but Hibbert only grabbed five rebounds. Hibbert did have a tough matchup against Andre Drummond, but with no assists, steals or blocks, it would have been nice to see Hibbert get close to a double-double with points and rebounds. On a positive note, he did make 9-of-10 free throws.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey suffered a facial contusion during the third quarter of Friday's game and went to the locker room according to Indy Star Sports.
Insight: Andre Drummond hit him in the face and maybe poked Stuckey in the eye. He had to be helped to the locker room. Stuckey is out for the game. Before he left, Stuckey had nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill came off the bench and scored 15 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Hill shot 5-of-8 overall and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line in 21 minutes versus the Pelicans. The 15 points led Indiana in scoring. Without a go-to scorer, Hill has a chance to be the guy on any given night if he gets enough minutes.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill is expected to make his season debut Tuesday,
Insight: Hill has missed Indiana's first 28 games with a left knee contusion he sustained in a preseason contest against Minnesota on Oct. 21. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. He's going to play limited minutes.
Description: Pacers power forward David West scored a team-high 19 points during Saturday's loss against the Nuggets.
Insight: West posted a double-double with 10 rebounds as well. He went 8-of-22 from the field and 2-of-5 from the line, so his percentages do not look great from Saturday. He is averaging 12.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg on the season.
Description: Pacers point guard C.J. Watson scored a season-high 23 points on Saturday.
Insight: Watson has seen a lot more opportunities to see an increase in fantasy value. He is averaging 10 ppg and 4.7 apg this month. In the last two games, Watson has played over 30 minutes in each game and is shooting 52 percent from the floor and 60 percent at the 3-point line while averaging 18 ppg.
Description: Pacers forward Solomon Hill lost his starting job, but scored a team-high 16 points in Friday's loss to the Raptors.
Insight: He played 30 minutes, partly do to the injury to C.J Miles. Hill went 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. He also had three rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two turnovers.
Description: Pacers power forward David West scored 16 points on Friday.
Insight: The problem for Indiana is West continues to lead the Pacers in scoring during most games despite not reaching the 20-point mark. It was nearly enough, but Indiana lost to Sacramento, 102-101. West also had eight rebounds and an assist.
Description: Pacers power forward David West played 24 minutes in his first game of the season.
Insight: West was not gun-shy, as he attempted a team-high 17 shots, and made eight of them for 18 points. He also had six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one 3-pointer, and one turnover. He will be a solid option for owners.
Description: Pacers power forward David West (sprained right ankle) will make his season debut Friday versus Orlando.
Insight: West practiced in full on Tuesday. He averaged 14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, but with all the Pacers injuries, he would have a chance to improve on those numbers if he can just stay on the floor. He's scheduled to start Friday night.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert (sprained left ankle) has been downgraded to out for Friday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Ian Mahinmi will in during Hibbert's absence, but all you can normally expect to get from him is rebounds. Lavoy Allen is actually a better offensive player, but neither is a fantasy worthy replacement to Hibbert (13.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.8 bpg).
Description: Pacers power forward David West (sprained right ankle) hopes to make his season debut Friday versus Orlando.
Insight: West practiced in full on Tuesday. He averaged 14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, but with all the Pacers injuries, he would have a chance to improve on those numbers if he can just get on the floor.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Ian Mahinmi would fill in during Hibbert's absence, but all you can normally expect to get from him is rebounds. Lavoy Allen is actually a better offensive player, but neither would be fantasy worthy to replace Hibbert (13.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.8 bpg).
Description: Pacers point guard Donald Sloan had a big night during Monday's win over the Mavericks.
Insight: He was 10-of-13 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line for 29 points. Sloan also had five assists, three 3-pointers, two rebounds, one steal, and one turnover. He will not score this much on a nightly basis, but will have a chance to contribute all season.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out of Monday's game against Dallas.
Insight: Ian Mahinmi will fill in during Hibbert's absence, but all you can normally expect to get from him is rebounds. he did score 12 in Saturday's game after Hibbert left, so he could be worthy watching.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert had his fourth double-double of the season on Wednesday against the Hornets.
Insight: Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while shooting 50 percent from the field. He also dished two assists and had a block. Hibbert came into the game averaging 13.6 ppg and 8.1 rpg this season.
Description: Pacers shooting guard C.J. Miles is probable for Friday's game against Denver.
Insight: Miles has been dealing with a migraine which has caused him to miss the last four games. He's been much too inconsistent to use for fantasy owners, scoring 10 points one night and zero the next.
Description: Pacers power forward Luis Scola had a poor outing Saturday versus Washington.
Insight: Scola has had a chance to show he's worthy of more minutes, but has come up short. He's averaging 6.9 oog, 7.3 rpg while starting for David West in 23 mpg. That's not enough to unseat the starter when he returns from his ankle injury.
Description: Pacers guard A.J. Price scored 22 points off the bench versus the Jazz.
Insight: Price played 25 minutes and made 8-of-12 shots from the field, including 3-for-4 from downtown. Price is an intriguing fantasy play in the injury-plagued Pacers. He isn't a must-add but keep an eye on him.
Description: Pacers' Solomon Hill had a great night in Saturday's loss to the Wizards.
Insight: He ws 10-of-19 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for his 28 points. Hill also had six rebounds and three steals. With all the injuries Indiana is dealing with, Hill should continue to be a decent option.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert had a solid game in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.
Insight: He was 7-of-10 from the field for 16 points. Hibbert also had seven rebounds, one assist, two turnovers, but five blocks as well. Owners would like to see the tunovers go down and the rebounds go up, but nobody can complain about the amount of blocked shots.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey left Saturday's game against the Hawks with a sore foot.
Insight: Stuckey has been dealing with soreness in his foot for quite some time, so he may have aggravated the injury. This is not good news for Indiana, who was already missing George Hill and C.J. Watson on Saturday.
Description: Pacers power forward David West (sprained right ankle) will not play Friday against Memphis.
Insight: He is expected to miss the first three games, and this will be Indiana's second game of the season. Luis Scola will continue to start, while Chris Copeland and Lavoy Allen will see minutes, during West's absence.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey said he has not done on-court work lately and is unsure if he will be ready to start the season according to Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com.
Insight: Stuckey has been out since Oct. 18 and the injury is taking longer to heal than the Pacers said they thought it would. Stuckey is going to be a major part of the offense without Paul George, but he is a better fantasy player in points leagues rather than roto because of his lack of 3-pointers.
Description: Pacers power forward Luis Scola is a double-double threat when he plays.
Insight: Indiana has openings in the starting lineup with Lance Stephenson leaving via free agency and Paul George breaking his leg. Scola, however, does not play either position those two guys play. Scola could actually see fewer minutes since the Pacers will need more from Roy Hibbert and David West.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George should not be selected in redraft formats.
Insight: Everyone knows by now George suffered a gruesome leg injury playing for Team USA on Aug. 1. He is not expected to play this season. For those of you in dynasty leagues, George should be targeted in the middle rounds.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert still has tremendous potential even at 27-years-old.
Insight: It is the old sports saying, players only have "potential" because they have yet to prove they are good. Hibbert is 7-foot-2, 290 pounds, yet only averaged 6.6 RPG and made just 43.9 percent of his shots. It is hard to trust him, but if he falls to a middle round, it is worth taking him on his potential.
Description: Pacers power forward David West will be heavily relied upon for scoring this season without Paul George.
Insight: That is music to most fantasy owners ears, but at 34-years-old, there are questions of whether West will be able to remain durable on a team that relies so much on him. He has been durable throughout his career and is capable of averaging close to 16 points and over seven rebounds per game. West is an underrated fantasy option heading into the season. Let's hope he remains healthy.
Description: Pacers' Solomon Hill will likely come off the bench in a sixth-man type role for Indiana this season.
Insight: Hill has not looked as good as C.J. Miles or Rodney Stuckey. Both those players offer better offensive numbers and fantasy potential. Hill is being considered for a starting role because of his defense, so even if he starts, he wouldn't hold as much value as Miles or Stuckey.
Description: Shooting guard C.J. Miles is expected to start the season at the small forward position.
Insight: Coach Frank Vogel is "leaning toward" starting Miles at SF and Rodney Stuckey at SG. That's the best case scenario for fantasy owners as Miles will hit his fair share of 3-pointers. We would like to see him in the starting lineup. David West and Roy Hibbert owners would like to see Miles in the lineup too because Miles' 3-point shooting will open up offensive opportunities for West and Hibbert.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey is worth a look in fantasy leagues, but not in roto leagues.
Insight: Stuckey does not hit 3-pointers or get many steals, so at the guard position, he is basically useless in roto leagues. He will start for Indiana, though, so he could hold some late-round value in points leagues, where output matters more than individual categories.
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill should offer solid numbers for your flex guard spot.
Insight: Hill has never shot below 44.2 percent from the floor in any season. He is also a 80 percent free throw shooter and 37. 1 percent 3-point shooter in his career. Hill averaged 14.2 PPG and 4.7 APG two seasons ago, and without Paul George this season, he has sleeper potential in fantasy drafts.
Description: Celtics' Evan Turner is a candidate to start at point guard on opening night.
Insight: Turner has gained the trust of coach Brad Stevens and with Rajon Rondo out a few weeks, Turner could start at the point. Rookie Marcus Smart is the long-term answer at point guard for Boston, but if Stevens elects to go with experience, Turner will be the guy.
Description: Pacers' Solomon Hill joined George Hill, Rodney Stuckley, David West and Roy Hibbert on the floor for a portion of Tuesday's practice according to Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com.
Insight: The biggest reason for why Hill was out with the starters in practice Tuesday is probably because C.J. Miles was out with a calf injury. Hill does have sleeper potential as he shot 39 percent from 3-point land the last two years at Arizona, but he is still only fantasy relavant in very deep leagues.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George said he is hoping to return for the playoffs as long as Indiana makes it according to NBA.com.
Insight: George fractured his leg while playing for Team USA on Aug. 1. He was walking around without a walking boot on Monday, which is encouraging, but it is still very unlikely he plays at all this year. Do not draft him in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George suffered a horrific leg injury Friday night during the Team USA Showcase game.
Insight: George landed awkwardly after a block attempt and his leg bent completely at the shin. It was similar to the injury suffered by Louisville player Kevin Ware in March 2013. George could miss the entire 2014-15 season after the gruesome injury.
Description: Rodney Stuckey has landed with the Indiana Pacers on a one-year deal.
Insight: He'll replace Lance Stephenson, who signed with the Charlotte Hornets this week. Stuckey is 25 pounds lighter than Stephenson and nowhere close to the defender Stephenson is, but he can handle the ball and play both guard spots. Stuckey's minutes have been inconsistent the past two years with the Pistons and he's never been a strong fantasy option because he's a career .286 shooter on threes.
Description: Shooting guard C.J. Miles has agreed to a four-year, $18 million contract with the Pacers, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Miles averaged 19.3 minutes, 9.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 threes per game with the Cavaliers last season but missed the last seven weeks of the season due to an ankle injury. He could potentially start for Indiana if Lance Stephenson departs in free agency.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert is open to being traded. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Hibbert's head just wasn't in it during the second half of the season (8.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg in 29 appearances) and it could be time for a change of scenery. With Hibbert's future uncertain and Lance Stephenson slated to become a free agent, the Pacers' starting five could have a drastically different look in 2014-15.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert was given a $5,000 fine for flopping Wednesday against the Heat. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: After being held scoreless on Monday, Hibbert was much better in Game 5, contributing ten points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of action. Indiana's season will be on the line Friday in Game 6.
Description: Pacers guard Lance Stephenson has been fined $10,000 for flopping in Wednesday's win over Miami. SOURCE: Scott Agness, Pacers.com
Insight: It's his second violation of the playoffs. Stephenson (13.8 ppg this postseason) is well-known for his quirks but even for him his behavior in Game 5 was pretty bizarre. Stephenson's high jinks included wandering into Miami's huddle and blowing into LeBron's ear. We'll see what kind of antics Stephenson has in store for Game 6 on Friday night.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert found his shooting stroke Saturday in a 99-87 loss to Miami.
Insight: He shot 7-of-13 from the floor for 16 points, his highest point total since Game 1. Unfortunately Hibbert forgot to crash the boards, finishing the contest with just two rebounds in 36 minutes. We'll see what Hibbert brings to the court Monday in Game 4.
Description: Lance Stephenson turned in a valiant effort Saturday in Indiana's 12-point loss to Miami.
Insight: Stephenson pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds while also chipping in with ten points, five assists and three steals. He's been on the court for 90 of a possible 96 minutes over the last two contests. Among guards, only Tony Allen and Russell Westbrook have averaged more rebounds than Stephenson (7.3 rpg) this postseason.
Description: Indiana forward Paul George has passed his concussion tests and is ready to play Game 3 Saturday against the Heat. SOURCE: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports
Insight: George took a nasty spill in Game 2 but it looks like he's all right. The 24-year-old has averaged 19 ppg in the Conference Finals. The series is tied 1-1 with the next two games being played on Miami's home court.
Description: Pacers forward Paul George was back at practice on Thursday, though he didn't take any contact. George was diagnosed with a concussion after his collision with Dwyane Wade Tuesday against Miami. SOURCE: Scott Agness, Pacers.com
Insight: His status is still in question for Game 3 on Saturday night. Luis Scola (5.9 ppg this postseason) would probably start if George can't get clearance to play.
Description: The league has fined Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson $5,000 for flopping in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: Sports Illustrated
Insight: Stephenson makes $930,000 a year so that's less than one percent of his salary. He's played well recently, averaging 19.7 ppg over his last three contests. The series is tied at one heading into Saturday's Game 3 in Miami.
Description: Indiana power forward David West hurt his eye in Game 2 but doesn't plan on wearing goggles for Saturday's Game 3 against Miami. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: It looked like West suffered the injury when he collided with LeBron James late in the fourth quarter. The 33-year-old has scored 14.6 ppg this postseason, a slight improvement from what he averaged during the regular season (14.0 ppg in 80 games).
Description: Indiana guard Lance Stephenson had his best game of the playoffs Tuesday in a loss to the Heat.
Insight: Ten of his game-high 25 points came in the third quarter. After getting off to a slow start this postseason, Stephenson has come on strong over his last three games, averaging 19.7 ppg, 7.7 apg and 5.0 rpg during that stretch. Game 3 is Saturday at Miami.
Description: Pacers forward David West was the hero Thursday in a series-clinching win over Washington.
Insight: West seemed like he was on a mission from the opening tip. He torched the Wizards for 29 points on 13-of-26 shooting. The 29 points were West's most since February 22nd against the Bucks. The Eastern Conference Finals start Sunday against Miami.
Description: Roy Hibbert's Jekyll and Hyde act continued Tuesday with a disappointing outing against the Wizards.
Insight: The Pacers big man was limited to four points and two rebounds in 25 minutes. Hibbert had averaged 19.7 ppg on 64.7 percent shooting over his previous three contests. Hopefully he can get back on track Thursday night in Game 6.
Description: Pacers small forward Paul George exploded for 39 points Sunday in a comeback win over Washington.
Insight: It's the most points scored by an Indiana player in the postseason since Anthony Johnson had 40 against New Jersey back in 2006. George (7-of-10 on 3-pointers) scored 28 of his 39 points after halftime. The Pacers can close out the series Tuesday in Game 5.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert returned to earth with 14 points and five rebounds in Game 3 after erupting for 28 points Wednesday in a Game 2 victory over Washington.
Insight: After starting the postseason with 24 total points in the first six games, including two zero totals, Hibbert has scored double-digits in three of the last four games. If Hibbert can keep this up, the Pacers are going to be much tougher to defend.
Description: Indiana forward Paul George had a tough game Wednesday against the Wizards.
Insight: He finished with only 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting. That's George's lowest point total since March 22nd against Chicago (eight points). It didn't matter though as the Pacers won 86-82 to even the series at 1-1. Game 3 is Friday night in Washington.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert erupted for 28 points Wednesday in a Game 2 victory over Washington.
Insight: Where did that come from? That's almost as many points as Hibbert had in the entire first round (37 in seven games). Hibbert also corralled nine rebounds, his most in a game since March 21st. If Hibbert can keep this up, the Pacers are going to be tough to stop.
Description: Indiana will be without center Andrew Bynum for the rest of the 2014 playoffs. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Knee issues have plagued Bynum for most of the last two seasons. He averaged 18.7 ppg as recently as 2012 but we're not holding out much hope for Bynum's future in the NBA. The 26-year-old is going to be a free agent this summer.
Description: Roy Hibbert was held without a point for the third time in his last four games Monday in the Pacers' series-opening loss to Washington.
Insight: Hibbert was actually decent in Saturday's win over Atlanta (13 points, seven rebounds, five blocks) but that obviously didn't carry over into Monday's contest. Foul trouble had a lot to do with Hibbert's struggles as he was whistled five times in just 18 minutes. Maybe he'll have better luck Wednesday in Game 2.
Description: Pacers coach Frank Vogel changed up his rotation in the final three games of the team's first-round series against the Hawks, which meant hardly any playing time for Evan Turner and Luis Scola.
Insight: Turner played four minutes in Game 5 while Scola was on the court for eight, and neither player left the bench in Games 6 and 7. Vogel said after Sunday's practice that he expects both Turner and Scola to have a "much greater role" in the next series versus the Wizards, according to nba.com.
Description: Indiana power forward David West shot just 1-for-7 in Saturday's Game 7 win over Atlanta but he made up for it by collecting 13 rebounds and six blocks.
Insight: West was all over the map on Saturday, balancing out his four points and six turnovers on offense with one of his best defensive efforts of the series (two steals). He averaged 13.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 4.9 apg in seven first-round appearances.
Description: Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson totaled 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists Saturday in a win against the Hawks.
Insight: Stephenson finally woke up in Games 5-7, scoring 18.7 ppg on 53.8 percent shooting after averaging only 13 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting in the first four games of the series. Indiana's next opponent will be the fifth-seeded Wizards. Stephenson averaged 10.3 ppg, 11.7 rpg and 6.3 apg against them in three regular season contests.
Description: Pacers small forward Paul George played well in Saturday's Game 7 victory over Atlanta.
Insight: He led all scorers with 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting. George also chipped in with 11 boards, three assists and two steals. He averaged 23.9 ppg for the series. Indiana opens its second-round series Monday against Washington.
Description: Indiana forward Paul George will not be suspended for Saturday's Game 7 against the Hawks. George left the bench while Mike Scott and George Hill were having an altercation in Game 6. SOURCE: Chris Littmann, Sporting News
Insight: Pacers fans can all let out a sigh of relief. George has had a good series, averaging 22.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 4.8 apg in six contests. He's shot 46.2 percent from three-point range over that stretch.
Description: Pacers forward David West was the hero in Thursday night's Game 6 victory over Atlanta.
Insight: West's bucket sealed the game with ten seconds left. He led the team with 11 rebounds and six assists and is now averaging 15 ppg on 61.7 percent shooting for the series. Game 7 will be held Saturday in Indiana.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert didn't play at all in the fourth quarter Satruday versus the Hawks.
Insight: He finished with just six points in 25 minutes of court time. Hibbert has been imploding for the better part of a month and it's clear head coach Frank Vogel doesn't have much faith left in him.
Description: Paul George led Indiana with a game-high 27 points Tuesday in a win over Atlanta.
Insight: George's stat line was almost identical to the one he posted in Game 1 (24 points, ten rebounds, five assists). The only difference was the Pacers won this game by 16 after losing the opener by eight. Paul, a 36.4 percent three-point shooter during the regular season, has made 8-of-15 from that distance in his first two playoff games (53.3 percent).
Description: Indiana forward Paul George (bruised left quadriceps) is probable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: George was forced to the sidelines for part of Game 1, but did return to post 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. He didn't shoot well (6-for-18), but he's an across-the-board contributor and a must start.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert will start the regular season finale Wednesday against the Magic, but he is only expected to play the first half, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will rest tomorrow, but the Pacers need Hibbert to have a positive performance going into the playoffs. He went 2-for-22 from he field over his last three games and averaged 8.6 ppg on .356 shooting his last 17 games. That's unacceptable for a 7-foot-2 player.
Description: Indiana point guard C.J. Watson will not play in the final game of the regular season for rest purposes, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Watson missed most of March and three games in April due to injuries. The Pacers may have realized how much they will need him in the postseason when he scored 20 points in 25 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
Description: Indiana forward Paul George (rest) will not play in Wednesday's regular season finale, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: He'll join David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson on the bench. The 23-year-old George will finish with averages of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.3 threes, but he only shot 37.7 percent from the field and averaged 19.6 ppg in his final 38 contests. He averaged 23.6 ppg on .464 shooting his first 42 games and was an early MVP candidate.
Description: The Pacers will rest all their starters Wednesday against the Magic and that includes shooting guard Lance Stephenson.
Insight: Indiana was able to clinch home court advantage when Miami lost to the Wizards on Monday night. That renders Wednesday's regular season finale meaningless. Stephenson will finish the year with averages of 13.8 ppg, 4.6 apg and 7.2 rpg in 78 contests. He was the NBA's leader in triple-doubles this season with five.
Description: Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (17 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) got his swagger back Sunday in a win over Oklahoma City.
Insight: Sunday was Stephenson's fifth triple-double of the season. The three-pointer he drilled in front of Kevin Durant with 34 seconds left was the dagger. The Pacers now control their own destiny and can lock up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win Wednesday in the regular season finale.
Description: Pacers power forward David West recently approached coach Frank Vogel about getting a night off to rest. He's considered questionable for Wednesday's game with Milwaukee. SOURCE: Scott Agness, Pacers.com
Insight: The Pacers looked totally gassed Sunday in an embarrassing 19-point loss to Atlanta. West played 38 minutes in that game, posting 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He hasn't missed a game all season.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert was benched for the second half of Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
Insight: Hibbert had no points or rebounds in nine minutes of action. The Pacers have fallen apart, losing five out of six by an average of 16 points. They trail Miami by one game with four games remaining.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert suffered a sore neck on a hard fall during Wednesday's game and is questionable to return, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Hibbert was attempting to take Charlie Villanueva off the dribble and Villanueva appeared to pull him to the ground. Hibbert smashed the back of his head on the floor and stayed down for a while before shooting his free throws. He went to the locker room for evaluation after that.
Description: Indiana shooting guard Lance Stephenson just picked up his second technical and has been ejected from Wednesday's game against Miami.
Insight: Stephenson said something to Dwyane Wade after hitting a shot and was quickly given the heave-ho. He'll finish with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Evan Turner is likely to finish out the game at shooting guard.
Description: Pacers coach Frank Vogel expects center Andrew Bynum to be out "a while." SOURCE: NBC's Pro Basketball Talk
Insight: He had his knee drained earlier this week. Bynum looked like he was on his way to being a superstar after his breakout 2011-12 season (18.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg) but injuries and a lack of commitment have sent his career into a tailspin.
Description: Indiana center Andrew Bynum had his knee drained on Monday. SOURCE: Scott Agness, Pacers.com
Insight: He's not going to play Wednesday against the Knicks. The Pacers already have Roy Hibbert at center so they can afford to give Bynum (8.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg) as much time as he needs to recover. Consider the 7-footer out indefinitely.
Description: Indiana backup point guard C.J. Watson (hamstring) missed Monday's game and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against New York.
Insight: Watson returned from an elbow injury on Friday but suffered a right hamstring strain and will likely miss a third straight game with the injury. Evan Turner has been receiving Watson's minutes.
Description: Pacers center Andrew Bynum is dealing with swelling in his knee and is expected to miss Wednesday's game against New York.
Insight: Bynum has been productive in two games with Indiana, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, but if he can't play multiple games even with a rest day in between then his value in the playoffs will be limited.
Description: Pacers center Andrew Bynum is dealing with swelling in his knee and will miss Monday's game.
Insight: Bynum has been productive in two games with Indiana, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, but it isn't a good sign that his knees are already giving him an issue despite playing 18 minutes per game.
Description: Just back from an elbow problem, Indiana backup point guard C.J. Watson left Friday's game with a right hamstring strain and didn't play Saturday.
Insight: Watson is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Philadelphia. The addition of Evan Turner to the Pacers' roster means that Donald Sloan still won't see any of George Hill's minutes.
Description: Indiana small forward Paul George led a big second half comeback Saturday in a win against Detroit.
Insight: The Pacers trailed by 19 at half time but were able to win 112-104 in overtime. George was largely responsible for the turnaround, producing 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 46 minutes. Indiana has followed up its season-high four-game losing streak by winning three in a row.
Description: Pacers center Andrew Bynum crammed a lot into 20 minutes Saturday against Detroit.
Insight: Bynum finished with 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting. He also contributed nine rebounds, one assist and one block. The Pacers are probably going to be pretty careful with Bynum down the stretch, which means there's no guarantee he'll play Monday against the Sixers.
Description: Indiana backup point guard C.J. Watson left Friday's game with a right hamstring strain and won't play Saturday. SOURCE: Krissy Myers, Pacers.com
Insight: Watson missed four games with an elbow injury and returned without practicing which may have contributed to the hamstring injury. Evan Turner should see time at point guard Satruday against Detroit.
Description: Pacers G/F Evan Turner had just two points in 21 minutes Friday at Philadelphia, his former team.
Insight: As predicted, Turner has averaged far fewer minutes with the Pacers than he did with Philadelphia. He has played 22.6 minutes, 8.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over 10 games with Indiana.
Description: Pacers center Andrew Bynum will not play Friday against the 76ers, the team announced. However, he'll be back Saturday.
Insight: Perhaps the Pacers wanted to protect Bynum from the vitriol Philadelphia's crowd would have spewed at him had he played. The center made his Pacers debut Tuesday and had eight points and 10 rebounds over 16 minutes, but he probably won't play much more than that as Roy Hibbert's backup. The Pacers signed him to serve as insurance in the playoffs should Hibbert get into foul trouble or injured.
Description: Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he'll hold Andrew Bynum out of practice Thursday to protect his knees with the hope that he'll be able to play Friday and Saturday.
Insight: Bynum had eight points and 10 rebounds over 16 minutes in his team debut Tuesday against the Celtics. He probably won't play much more than that as Roy Hibbert's backup. The Pacers signed him to serve as insurance in the playoffs should Hibbert get into foul trouble or injured.
Description: Andrew Bynum played well in his debut for Indiana Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: In 16 minutes, Bynum corralled ten rebounds while shooting 3-of-4 from the field. Best of all, Bynum actually played with enthusiasm and heart. He's not going to be much of a fantasy asset with Roy Hibbert standing in his way, but Bynum could be an important factor when the Pacers get to the playoffs.
Description: Pacers star Paul George blames last night's poor performance on a stiff back. SOURCE: Indianapolis Star
Insight: George had the worst shooting night of his career on Wednesday, missing all nine of his attempts in a 22-point loss to Charlotte. Despite the injury, George fully expects to play Friday against the Rockets.