View Full Version : QOD: How Will Tinsleys Return Affect the Rotation?

03-09-2006, 05:30 PM

Q. With Jamaal Tinsley back in action how will he affect the rotations? Tinsley and (Anthony) Johnson will split time at the point. Sarunas (Jasikevicius) has nowhere to play unless he moves up to shooting guard, which already has Fred Jones and Stephen Jackson. How will (Rick) Carlisle adjust the lineup with the return of Tinsley? (From Jake in Indianapolis)

A. It would appear the basketball gods have determined there can be no such thing as a glut at any position for the Pacers this season. Just when it was beginning to appear they might have more point guards than minutes available, Fred Jones was lost for an indefinite period of time with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Until Jones returns, Jasikevicius will likely get the majority of his minutes at shooting guard behind Stephen Jackson. When Tinsley, Jasikevicius and Peja Stojakovic were on the floor together in Houston Wednesday night, the ball and player movement were impressive.

The idea is to bring Tinsley back slowly, giving him a steadily increasing diet of minutes to reduce the likelihood of a re-injury to his right elbow. Circumstances may dictate otherwise. With Jones out and Jasikevicius shifting to shooting guard, Tinsley may move right into a 24-minute role as the backup to Johnson. While Tinsley regains his timing and conditioning, Johnson will remain the starter, a role he has filled exceptionally well. Assuming Tinsley returns to full strength within the next week or two, it remains to be seen if he will return to the starting lineup, but that seems the most likely scenario.