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New 8-man rotation

First of all, the Pacers' current 9-man rotation is broken and it's all because of two members of that rotation. Roy Hibbert and Evan Turner are both complete wastes of space right now and should be removed from the rotation for at least the remainder of this series. Hibbert could be reinserted in the next round to see how he handles the Marcin Gortat or Joakim Noah matchup, while Turner remains out of the rotation permanently.

Now, with those two "players" out of the rotation, the team just needs to add Chris Copeland to the rotation to solidify their new 8-man rotation. With the absence of Turner, the team would be left with a 3-man guard rotation with C.J. Watson, George Hill, and Lance Stephenson each playing around 30 minutes, with any potential hot hands gaining extra playing time and cold hands losing playing time, with Paul George playing 6 minutes at SG while Copeland plays SF. Watson should get the start at point since he is a better true PG than Hill. The starting SG could be either Hill or Stephenson, but I'd go with Hill because he has a higher basketball IQ and, in turn, is less likely to make bad plays that would put the team in a whole early. Also, Stephenson fits the mold of the prototypical sixth man better than Hill. George is the team's best player and leader on the court and should play around 40 minutes (34 at SF) with Copeland playing for him during his 8 minutes worth of breathers in addition to playing beside him during his 6 minutes at SG. With the absence of Hibbert, the team would be left with primarily a 3-big rotation with David West, Luis Scola, and Ian Mahinmi each playing around 28 minutes (hot/cold hand adjustable) and the team playing small ball for 12 minutes with Copeland as a stretch 4, giving him a total of approximately 26 minutes. I'd be ok with starting any 2-man combo out of West, Scola, and Mahinmi but I think, in the end, Scola would be the odd man out of the starting unit.

The overall minutes distribution would read as follows (hot/cold adjustable):
George - 40
Watson - 30
Hill - 30
Stephenson - 30
West - 28
Scola - 28
Mahinmi - 28
Copeland - 26

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