Jim O'Brien is done using every player available in games.
The Indiana Pacers coach is tightening his rotation and going with the players he said will give the team its best chance of winning during the regular season.
O'Brien liked the production from his starting lineup Wednesday night, but the Pacers' bench play was another story in their 98-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Conseco Fieldhouse.
"In a perfect world, everybody would play, but if we want to win, we all need to be tied in together, and the best way to do that is to have the most experienced guys out there," starting center Roy Hibbert said. "Once in a while, you sprinkle in a young or new guy in there, but the core guys need to be on the court for us to win. We can't go five in and five out."
O'Brien started what should be his opening night lineup -- Darren Collison, Mike Dunleavy, Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts and Hibbert. Jeff Foster, James Posey, A.J. Price, Paul George and Tyler Hansbrough were brought off the bench.
All five starters played at least 26 minutes.
Granger led all scorers with 30 points and added 11 rebounds. Hibbert contributed 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. McRoberts was two points shy of a third double-double. He finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
The Pacers led by as many as 20 points in the second half.
"This gives us better preparation for the season for when the games start counting," Dunleavy said. "There's no question it's going to help because it won't be somebody like Danny only playing 20 minutes. We know that won't happen in a regular-season (game)."
O'Brien said he's not sure how deep he plans to go on the bench during the regular season.
"It might depend on the tempo we have established in the game," O'Brien said. "But I would like to have confidence in 10 people. Whether we use all 10 every night is another issue. I would like to have 10 guys that would be ready to play every night."
Who comes off the bench for the Pacers at power forward and center could change.
O'Brien wasn't happy with the production he got from the backups at those positions.
Foster played only six minutes because the Pacers were outscored by 11 points when he was in the game, O'Brien said.
Solomon Jones played nine minutes at center in the second half in place of the Foster.
Hansbrough is getting the first shot at backing up McRoberts, but it's uncertain how long it will take him to be ready to fill that role after being limited to 29 games last season because of a series of ailments.
The Pacers got two points on 1-of-6 shooting, two turnovers and five rebounds out of their backup power forwards and centers.
Posey and Granger could end up getting minutes at power forward. Both players have experience at the position.
"I have to find out who our backups will be at the center and power forward spots," O'Brien said. "I'm searching, frankly. . . . Right now those spots are wide open. We are alarmingly thin up front."