The Scoop:With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.
The Scoop:Watson recently returned from a hamstring injury, as well as an elbow injury that has plagued him for years, so it makes sense for Indiana to play it safe. Watson has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio on the Pacers, behind Evan Turner, Donald Sloan and George Hill, so his presence is critical given that Indiana ranks 28th in assists per game.
C.J. Watson scored 20 points vs. the Thunder on Sunday with three boards, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.
The Scoop:The Pacers probably would not have won this game without Watson and his clutch shooting. It also may not be a coincidence the Pacers struggled badly while Watson was out with his hamstring and elbow injuries, so maybe he can help his teammates figure out how to play team ball again. Still, his extra opportunity today was due to George Hill getting into foul trouble, so Watson isn't someone to pick up unless Hill gets another game of rest.
The Scoop:He will come off the bench perhaps to keep him in his usual role. Considering Watson will be limited, Donald Sloan has a very good chance to see minutes in the 30s tonight against a vulnerable Bucks defense. With Watson not at 100 percent, it's going to be tough to play him in a spot-start.