Another twist to the rotation
11:54 PM, Feb. 22, 2012 | Written by Mike Wells | 3Comments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was just days ago that I wrote in this same space about the George Hill/Darren Collison point guard situation.
Now just days later, another twist has been added to the backcourt situation.
Frank Vogel didn’t rule the possibility of going with A.J. Price as Collison’s backup and Hill backing up Paul George at shooting guard.
“There’s consideration there,” Vogel said. “We have a lot of good options. When guys aren’t playing well or guys are out and you’re struggling to fill holes, we feel good about all our different options. It’s going to be a tough call.”
Vogel can’t continue to give Collison, Price, George, Hill and Lance Stephenson minutes in the second half of the season.
Something will likely have to give.
The Pacers will spend the final 33 games of the season trying to get homecourt in the first round of the playoffs.
Teams usually shorten their rotation later in the season, not expand it.
Price has only helped his cause to stay in the rotation with his play of late. He had a team-high six assists against the Bobcats and he’s scored in double figures in four of the last seven games.
Hill can still play point guard if Price starts to struggle. Hill can also log a lot of minutes at shooting guard if George goes into a funk.
I know it was only the Bobcats, but the second unit sealed the game.
It was Hill, Price, Tyler Hansbrough, Dahntay Jones and Lou Amundson on the court at the start of the fourth quarter when the Pacers turned a 10-point lead into a 21-point cushion halfway through the quarter.
Vogel plans to spend the All-Star break hanging with his family in Indy. He’ll likely also spend some time trying to figure out a backcourt rotation for the second half of the season.