Indiana Pacers coach Jim O'Brien is about to cross a bridge he didn't anticipate less than a week ago.
Three point guards, all showing that they deserve playing time.
The problem stems from O'Brien's preference for playing only two of them because he does not like using three point guards during a game.
There is veteran Earl Watson, whom O'Brien refers to as a leader because of his calming demeanor on the court. Watson has spent several days away from the team because of a death in his family.
There is A.J. Price, the player who was supposed to spend most of his rookie season on the bench watching and learning the NBA game.
And there is T.J. Ford, the speedster who played with a don't-forget-me attitude in the past two games.
Somebody is going to be unhappy with O'Brien's decision.
"We'll find out (how this plays out)," O'Brien said after Saturday night's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ford would still be stuck on the end of the bench in a supporting role if not for Watson's brief absence.
It would have been easy for O'Brien to send Ford back to the bench when Watson returns for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Bulls if Ford had played badly.
But Ford played well.
"No, I'm not surprised (about my play) because at the end of the day it's a win-lose situation," Ford said. "The only successful thing that can come out of this is me playing well. If I didn't play well, it could have been for multiple reasons. It just showed that even though I wasn't playing, I was still getting a workout in. I was mentally ready for whatever happened.
"It's about being patient, but you know in the NBA, things are always going to come back around."
Ford showed little rust after his 18-game absence by scoring 31 points on 13-of-20 shooting to go with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals in the two games. He also hit 3-of-4 3-pointers.
Ford's recent performances could entice teams to make a run at him before the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
He took the high road when asked if he thought he deserved to remain in the rotation.
"Whatever the team needs from me, I'm here to do it," Ford said. "I'm not trying to make any demands or cause a problem. Of course I want to play, but it's up to the coach and what he feels is best for the team right now.
"I'm trying to be supportive and do whatever job they need me to do. Whether that's playing or rooting other guys on."
Price got a shot in the rotation because O'Brien wanted to see if he fit into the team's future. Price is averaging 9.3 points and 2.6 assists in 21 games since moving into the rotation. There is a chance O'Brien may not have to make a decision immediately if Price is not able to play against the Bulls.
Price suffered a concussion when he was poked in his left eye by Bucks center Andrew Bogut in the third quarter Saturday. Price said he hopes to play Tuesday.