A.J. Price showed why he should be the team’s backup point guard over Lance Stephenson on Friday.
Don’t get me wrong, Stephenson has potential. But Price is just a better pure point guard.
I feel like the Pacers are force-feeding Stephenson minutes when Price should be getting those minutes.
Price, playing for the injured Stephenson (ankle) against Boston, proved that when he was on the court when the second unit gave the Pacers some breathing room in the second quarter and built a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter.
Price’s head is always on the swivel, making sure the ball is always moving and that there’s good spacing on the court.
He didn’t light up the box score. He only had two points, two rebounds and two assists in his 14 minutes.
But the second unit’s offense simply runs smoother when Price, who is called Juice by his teammates, is on the court.
“Our bench is going to be a strength of ours,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re a deep team. A.J. hasn’t really played a relative minute all year. He led that second unit in terms of organizing our offense and Jeff Foster led our defensive effort with his toughness and grit.”
Now we’ll see if Vogel stays with Price or goes back to Stephenson once he returns from his ankle injury.