The Indiana Pacers will finally have some bench depth tonight against the Charlotte Hornets, as the team has announced that guard Rodney Stuckey will return to action after missing the last 19 games with a right-ankle sprain.
Getting Stuckey back into the rotation is huge for the Pacers as they look to move up in the ranks of the Eastern Conference, but don't expect Stuckey to play any significant amount of minutes tonight, as Vogel made it clear that he wants to integrate Stuckey into the game, while also keeping him healthy.
#Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Rodney Stuckey can play 15-18 mins. BUT he’ll likely use him for 5-7 min bursts in both halves— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 26, 2016
The Pacers (31-26) will look to keep their playoff aspirations close by, and a win over the Hornets (29-27) would do just that.
The presence of Stuckey may very well help a Pacers team get the victory over the same Hornets team that defeated the Pacers 117-95 just two weeks ago.