The wear and tear of the regular season is taking a toll on the Indian Pacers all of a sudden as the prepare to take on the Atlanta Hawks with three starters out of the lineup.
Prior to the game, Lance Stephenson (hip flexor strain) and George Hill (groin strain) were scratched from the starting lineup, joining David West (lower back) and Danny Granger (knee) in street clothes. For their part, the Atlanta Hawks will be missing guard Devin Harris following a foot injury which ended his night early last night against Milwaukee.
D.J. Augustin will step in to start at point guard for George Hills while Gerald Green will start at shooting guard for Stephenson. Coach Frank Vogel prefers to keep Orlando Johnson filling his normal role at shooting guard with the second unit which will elevate Sam Young to additional minutes off the bench. Ben Hansbrough will back up Augustin at point guard.
When asked about the long-term concerns for the injuries to Stephenson and Hill, Frank Vogel considered Hill's injury worse than Stephenson's but wasn't ready to declare either player out for their next game on Wednesday in Houston. Vogel also didn't rule out David West nor Danny Granger for a return against the Rocket.
But for tonight, all four will be watching the Pacers try to find a way to beat the Hawks with limited resources.
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