So while G3 takes care of his ankle back home in Indiana, the Pacers turned to Lance Stephenson and A.J. Price to fill step up in the playing rotation last night in Minnesota. Stephenson struggled early trying to do too much with the extended opportunity but did get back to basics later in the game, focusing more on defense and less on trying to make game-changing plays.
Price struggled to find his shooting rhythm during his 14 minutes of burn, his first significant playing time in about three weeks. After knocking down his first shot, Price went on to miss his next six field goal attempts. The pair of backup backcourt players also combined for five turnovers.
George Hill's ankle continues to be evaluated with an update expected on Saturday so Price and Stephenson will have to continue to bring it off the bench. According to Frank Vogel in Mike Wells' story, he expects to play Price as Collison's backup for 12-16 minutes which is exactly what he did last night.
While it is nice to see these guys get a chance to play, the Pacers will be happy to have Hill back and ready to play. The sooner the better.