Ian Mahinmi will start at center against the Bucks on Wednesday.
The Scoop:The entire starting five is sitting tonight and the Pacers will likely back up Mahinmi with Lavoy Allen. Mahinmi's offensive game isn't exactly his strong suit, so he's unlikely to be involved the offense. In fact, even with the starters in the bench, Mahinmi's usage rate is very small at just 12.2 in his 128 minutes. He's not a fantasy option unless you're in dire straits for boards and blocks.
The Scoop:Hibbert isn't on the bench, either, and the reason for his absence is unclear. The Pacers set a franchise-low with just 23 points in the first half as their late-season implosion continues unabated, so it's possible that he did or said something in the locker room to cause his absence. Stay tuned.
After avoiding their longest losing streak in more than two years, the Indiana Pacers hope to build on the promising debut of Andrew Bynum as they head down the stretch. The Philadelphia 76ers are just looking to end the second-longest losing streak in franchise history. As Bynum and Evan Turner return to Philadelphia, the Pacers will try to avoid their fourth straight road loss while dealing the 76ers their 19th straight defeat overall Friday night. In his first action in almost 2 1/2 months because of knee soreness, Bynum filled in for backup center Ian Mahinmi (ribs) and provided a boost with eight points and 10 rebounds in just 16 minutes of Tuesday's 94-83 victory over visiting Boston.