INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 16: Frank Vogel the head coach of the Indiana Pacers gives instructions to his team during the NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Indiana Pacers are in prep mode for the playoffs after clinching the third seed in the Eastern Conference from their couch on Sunday (thanks, Atlanta). So with two games remaining, coach Frank Vogel's focus shifts from the actual games themselves to getting his guys ready for the playoffs.
According to reports from the Fieldhouse, like this Jason Spells tweet, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and George Hill will all take the night off tonight when the Pacers face the Detroit Pistons. Granger has played heavy minutes, well most of the season, and his knees can always use a rest. George Hill dinged his shoulder on Saturday night against Philly forcing him to wear a brace in the second half, so making sure that doesn't linger is key. And Hibbert is big.
Should make for an interesting starting lineup tonight. One game after declaring D.C. is officially sent to the bench, does he start at point guard? Might be better for Vogel to keep the second unit in tact, especially since they are trying to get comfortable with Collison in a new role. I say start A.J. Price, Dahntay Jones and Kyrylo Fesenko.
What say you?