Trans. Oct 29 8:16 ET (Oct 29 8:16 ET ) Roy Hibbert stepped up when the short-handed Indiana Pacers needed a lift on opening night. Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Pacers to a 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Indiana won its season opener for the fourth consecutive year, but this was the first one during that stretch without All-Star swingman Paul George, who is out after breaking his right leg in two places. The Pacers also played without two other starters, power forward David West (sprained right ankle) and guard George Hill (bruised left knee).
The Scoop:He has an excellent chance to produce solid stats against a weak 76ers team. However, Scola is only an option in daily leagues, or just as a waiver pickup until West returns. Scola will be joined in the starting lineup with Donald Sloan, C.J. Miles, Chris Copeland, and Roy Hibbert.
(The Sports Xchange) - The Indiana Pacers will be without guard George Hill for at least three weeks and guard C.J. Watson for at least two weeks, the team revealed Monday. Forward David West also will miss at least three games with a sprained right ankle. - - Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, accepting a plea deal that means he will serve three years of a 15-year sentence for killing a woman in 2013. Blaylock, 47,admitted to killing Monica Murphy, a mother of five, in a head-on collision in Atlanta on May 31, 2013. ...
The Scoop:While West is out, Chris Copeland and Luis Scola will help fill the void, and they look like decent short-term options if you have a roster spot open. George Hill (knee) unfortunately is going to miss the first three weeks of the season, so when West returns to the court, he's going to have to do a lot for the offense.
The Scoop:Beat writer Scott Agness said West's ankle is still swollen while coach Frank Vogel said the team will see how West feels in a couple of days. Basically, his chances of playing on Wednesday are not good, despite being one of the toughest players in the NBA. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola are both worth looks for short-term value.