DALLAS -- Frank Vogel has used predominately a 10-man rotation since taking over as interim coach of the Indiana Pacers at the end of January.
Vogel said he prefers to keep his rotation with 10 players for the moment rather than shorten it.
"There's some talk that as you get closer to the playoffs you have to shrink your rotation, maybe nine- or eight-man rotation," Vogel said. "We'll look at that as we get closer. Right now I'm comfortable with what we're getting from the 10-man rotation."
Rookie Lance Stephenson's spot minutes each game extend Vogel's bench to six players.
Vogel is attempting to keep Stephenson from being a major disruption to the point guard rotation of Darren Collison and A.J. Price. But that has not been easy, as Stephenson's play has improved as he gets more minutes.
Vogel's goal is to take about 21/2 minutes apiece from Collison and Price to give to Stephenson each game.
"The only negative is you have to keep your eye on how much it impacts the rest of the guys on the team," Vogel said.