Ian Mahinmi picked up some extra playing time on Sunday vs. the Thunder, logging 21 minutes for 11 points, five boards, one assist and one block.
The Scoop:Roy Hibbert couldn't make his way up and down the floor and coach Frank Vogel decided to go with Mahinmi to help the flow of the game. Mahinmi might get another game with decent minutes, but his low usage rate doesn't make him a fantasy target.
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.