As with most of the Pacers’ problems, however, a lot of this is due to the bench. Since Thanksgiving, the starting lineup has actually been producing. One of the key reasons has been Lance Stephenson. Stephenson came off the bench in the team’s first six games of the season. To replace Granger, coach Frank Vogel first tried Gerald Green (for three games). That didn’t work, as Indiana dropped a game to the Bobcats and needed an overtime to beat the Kings at home. In the process, Green missed 14 of his first 19 shots and looked more like the guy who played his way out of the NBA than the man who resurrected his career last year in New Jersey.
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