Indiana Pacers center Scot Pollard enjoys starting. His job is to defend and rebound, something he's doing with success lately.
He also knows his starting time could end at any point. When it happens, he won't complain.
"I'm there for now -- until the star player (Jermaine O'Neal) gets healthy or the lineup changes, the dynamics change or the coach decides he wants to do something different," Pollard said. "I think that's a lost thing. I'm not trying to give myself any credit whatsoever. I think a lot of NBA guys don't understand that.
"To be a good player, you understand when the coach makes a change and decides to go with someone else. . . . I think a lot of guys take it personal and they pout and get upset. I'm not like that. I'll be getting myself ready for my next opportunity."
Going into Wednesday's game against Portland, Pollard had pulled down at least 12 rebounds in two of three games. Then, against Portland, he grabbed 16 rebounds in 211/2 minutes. He has started five of the past six overall.
"We put him in the starting lineup against the Lakers (on Feb. 1), mostly because of matchups and health issues," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "That group played well together, so we just stayed with it. It allows us to bring our younger players (such as David Harrison) off the bench, which helps with the energy."