The Indiana Pacers will look to advance to 4-0 on the season Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Indiana) as they take on the Detroit Pistons. Detroit, a familiar division rival who has struggled in recent years, has re-shaped its roster and coaching staff over the offseason, most notably bringing in Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.
The Pacers' George Hill will miss Tuesday's game with a sore left hip, per Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star.
#Pacers PG George Hill (sore hip) is OUT tonight. Backup CJ Watson will get his second consecutive start.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 5, 2013
So what does this mean for the Pacers, who are the only undefeated team remaining in the NBA?
C.J. Watson will get the start at point guard for Indiana. Aside from that, what head coach Frank Vogel chooses to do with the rotation will be interesting.
Saturday night vs. Cleveland, Vogel went with Watson at the point for 31 minutes and point guard Donald Sloan for the other 17, according to ESPN. That was against a very good young point guard in Cleveland's Kyrie Irving. With that said, I can't imagine Vogel's rotations will differ much from that game.
However, don't be surprised if you see Lance Stephenson running the point for some of the night. Stephenson, drafted in 2010, was originally drafted to play the point guard position before finding his role at the 2. A rotation that sees Stephenson at the 1 and guard Orlando Johnson at the 2 is something that could be seen, matching Detroit's physical size.
|Indiana||93.7 (20th)||44.0 (13th)||20.0 (18th)||83.7 (1st)|
|Detroit||102.7 (11th)||43.0 (17th)||20.3 (17th)||96.7 (10th)|
Stats via ESPN.com Team Clubhouse
Regardless of rotation, Indiana shouldn't struggle much Tuesday. The Pacers are at the top of the league so far this season, allowing only 83.7 points per game in their three games played. Also, Paul George and Stephenson are averaging 25.7 and 19.0 points per game, respectively.