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Pacers Links: Pacers find silver lining in recent injury woes

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While a few veteran players have been unable to play lately, a trio of young Pacers have seized the opportunity to play.

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The Pacers have missed the veteran presence of Rodney Stuckey, George Hill and Ian Mahinmi at various points in the games they've missed recently.

Stuckey (foot) and Mahinmi (ankle) have injuries which may keep them in and out of action the rest of the season. George Hill has been tending to personal issues, which in the context of the NBA season is a good thing. While he's surely dealing with mental strain, his body has had a chance to rest for several days.

The missing vets opened up an opportunity for Myles Turner to establish a bigger role in the rotation and his 40 points in the last two games bolstered his case. Joe Young also worked well with Turner on the reserve unit the past two games with a combined 26 points and 12 assists. Then there is Glenn Robinson III who has started with George Hill out, flashing a dynamic game.

The best part about all three is that they have been fearless in their recently elevated role. Relying on all three for the type of success the Pacers expect this year is certainly premature but it is not hard to envision the impact they can have in the near future.

This development could also impact what the Pacers do at the trade deadline. Now with a mix of veterans, expiring contracts and young assets showing upside (including D-Leaguers Rakeem Christmas and Shayne Whittington) the Pacers suddenly have more options to bundle and take to the negotiating table.

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