CHICAGO, IL -- The Indiana Pacers will be short a few key players in their matchup against the Chicago Bulls. This will result in a few players playing that typically don't receive any minutes.
George Hill is out with an upper respiratory infection. Hill didn't even make the trip to Chicago, so he will likely meet the team in Philadelphia if he is ready to play in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Rodney Stuckey is out because he is still dealing with a right ankle sprain. Stuckey originally got this injury last Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he re-injured it the following day against the Orlando Magic.
It is unfortunate that the Pacers will be without George Hill and Rodney Stuckey at the same time. Monta Ellis will move to the point guard position and Joseph Young will enter the team's rotation as the backup point guard.
Paul George will likely be listed at power forward in the starting lineup since the Pacers didn't call up a big man (Shayne Whittington or Rakeem Christmas) from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Pacers currently have 10-active players on their roster, but they are exceptionally thin at their front-court positions.
Since Myles Turner is out in addition to George Hill and Rodney Stuckey, the Pacers are put in a tough spot in terms of crafting a rotation. Indiana is left with three traditional big men after injuries; Ian Mahinmi, Jordan Hill, and Lavoy Allen. That is why the Pacers will have to go small by default, no matter who they are playing.
Their starting lineup is projected to be; George Hill, Glenn Robinson, Paul George, C.J. Miles, and Ian Mahinmi. The bench is projected to be; Joseph Young, Solomon Hill, Chase Budinger, Lavoy Allen, and Jordan Hill.
Glenn Robinson is the best fitting player in terms of skill-set for that starting shooting guard position. So it would not be surprising to see Robinson in the starting lineup. Everything else should stay the same in terms of Paul George at small forward, C.J. Miles at power forward, and Ian Mahinmi at center.
Jordan Hill will take on the backup center position with Lavoy Allen at the backup power forward spot. Chase Budinger will likely remain at the backup small forward spot, unless he is moved to the starting shooting guard position. Solomon Hill will be at the backup shooting guard position and Joseph Young will be at the starting point guard position.