Player News - Pacers

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Nate McMillan is encouraging Victor Oladipo to trust his teammates more and not be so aggressive with his shot selection.

"You continue to play the game the right way and trust your teammates," McMillan told Oladipo. "Don't put that on you, that you have to do something. You don't. Taking 30 shots is not [what will win games]. That's going to make you look bad." Oladipo has been working with a career-high 31.2 usage rate this season, and his 20 FGA's per game are double that of any of his teammates. He could do a better job of distributing the ball, but his teammates need to do a better job of getting to their spots.
Source: NBA
Nov 14 - 11:04 AM

Myles Turner had nine points, three rebounds, three blocks and one assist on Sunday, making 3-of-7 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

This makes three consecutive games in single-digits for Turner, who came in averaging a modest 11.1 points per game this season. He's down from 12.7 points last year and 14.5 points in 2016-17, and is trending in the wrong direction in most categories outside of blocks. The presence of Domantas Sabonis (22 minutes) is more than an annoyance, and as long as they're splitting minutes owners may have to resign themselves to Turner being closer to 50-60 roto value.
Nov 11 - 9:50 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points on Sunday, making 6-of-11 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

The Pacers fell apart defensively in the second quarter, giving up 44 points to trail by 22 going into halftime. Bogdanovic contributed to a second-half comeback but it wasn't enough, though fantasy owners won't complain. He's hit double-digit points with at least one steal in five straight games, he's a terrific source of 3-pointers, and the dimes tonight were a season-high.
Nov 11 - 9:48 PM

Victor Oladipo finished Sunday's 115-103 road loss with 22 points (7-of-24 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 10 boards, seven assists, three 3-pointers and two steals.

Oladipo has scored at least 20 points in 13 consecutive games, by far his career best. His roto value is down because he's shooting a career-worst 69.0% from the line, but he's a 79.5% career shooter and a regression to the mean is inevitable. He's also hitting personal bests with scoring (23.9 points per game), rebounds (6.9), assists (4.8) and triples (2.5), so there's clearly nothing to worry about here. The league's reigning Most Improved Player appears to have improved yet again.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 11 - 9:47 PM

Thaddeus Young made 6-of-9 shots to score 13 points on Sunday, but added just one rebound, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes.

Indiana came in with five straight road victories (the first time since 2010-11) but they couldn't extend the streak in Houston tonight. Young hadn't hit double-digit scoring in November, shooting just 36.8% in the past five games, so there's at least a faint silver lining for fantasy owners. Assuming his scoring stabilizes, he should resume late-round value with an emphasis on steals.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 11 - 9:46 PM

Domantas Sabonis (sprained right ankle) played 22 minutes to finish Sunday's game with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block.

Sabonis came in ranked third in the league in FG percentage at 67.0% and he boosted that with his perfect mark tonight. He did go just 3-of-6 from the line with four turnovers, but at least his ankle injury didn't cost him any time. Owners can expect him to be ready for a back-to-back set this Friday (vs. Miami) and Saturday (vs. Atlanta).
Nov 11 - 9:45 PM

Domantas Sabonis (sprained right ankle) will be available for Sunday's game against Houston.

This is great news for owners of the emerging Sabonis. He's challenging for more playing time and looks to continue his recent hot streak Sunday night.
Nov 11 - 1:11 PM

Domantas Sabonis (right ankle) is questionable Sunday against the Rockets.

In the final six minutes last night, he only played for a handful of seconds, so maybe there were some issues with an ankle tweak in Miami. Sabonis is on a hot streak right now and his coach said he has to find more minutes for him, so hopefully this issue doesn't derail his momentum. If he can't go, Myles Turner would have a longer leash, Kyle O'Quin would be in the rotation, and Thaddeus Young would play more.
Nov 10 - 3:07 PM

Victor Oladipo scored 22 points during a 110-102 win over the Heat on Friday, adding five rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

He is just rolling and not even a knee "tweak" could slow down his stat lines -- he was questionable for a contusion today. Oladipo's November is one of his best runs of his career, averaging 27.0 points, 8.6 boards, 5.4 dimes, 0.8 blocks, 2.2 steals and 2.8 treys in those five. Better yet, coach Nate McMillan said earlier this week that he wanted to up the pace, and Oladipo has seen increased pace in the last two games. He's looking like a great bet for first-round value.
Nov 9 - 11:33 PM

Myles Turner scored eight points with six rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

Foul trouble cut his playing time here, but Turner's lack of scoring has been a major problem with 7-8 points in each of his last three games. Coach Nate McMillan said he wants him to pick-and-pop more, but Turner really needs to establish himself inside to be the player he can be. On the plus side, Turner was playing decent minutes next to Domantas Sabonis with 14 in the last game, so Turner could co-exist no matter how hot Sabonis is. We know we've said it all season, but Turner is still a buy-low player for his blocks.
Nov 9 - 11:27 PM

Darren Collison scored 17 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover against the Heat on Friday.

He didn't have much of a backup for most of this game because Cory Joseph started the second half for Thaddeus Young (ejection), so that led to 21 minutes in the second half for Collison. He'll have a high floor in most games, but there isn't much usage in this offense with Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans taking so many shots.
Nov 9 - 11:24 PM

Domantas Sabonis scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

Coach Nate McMillan said he has to find minutes for Sabonis, and he's done just that lately. Sabonis played next to Myles Turner for 14 minutes in the last game, and that duo has seen time together in the previous eight games. That wasn't the case today because of foul trouble to Turner, but either way Sabonis is cooking and looks like a steal.
Nov 9 - 11:18 PM

Cory Joseph scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

He started the second half because of a Thaddeus Young ejection. Young won't be suspended for his elbow, so Joseph's fantasy outlook doesn't change here.
Nov 9 - 11:16 PM

Thaddeus Young was ejected in the second quarter of Friday's game vs. the Heat with a flagrant 2 foul.

Young's elbow made contact with Kelly Olynyk and the Heat big man sold it well. Questionable call or not, Young's owners shouldn't be worried about a potential suspension.
Nov 9 - 9:18 PM

Victor Oladipo (knee) is good to go for Friday vs. the Heat.

He drew the questionable tag a couple hours before tip-off, but coach Nate McMillan never seemed worried and Dipo made it through warmups without any setbacks. Deploy him like you normally would.
Nov 9 - 7:09 PM


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