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Ty Lawson Sentenced to Probation for DUI: Latest Details, Reaction

INDIANAPOLIS, IN  - MARCH 21: Ty Lawson #10 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the game on March 21, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2016

A Colorado judge sentenced Indiana Pacers point guard Ty Lawson to a year of supervised probation Tuesday stemming from an arrest in January 2015, per the Associated Press (via Pro Basketball Talk).  

According to the Denver Post's Tom McGhee, Lawson will also have to serve 48 hours of community service and complete 52 hours of therapy.

In November, Lawson pleaded guilty to charges of driving while impaired and failure to drive in a single lane. Following his guilty plea, the NBA suspended him for two games.

In July, Lawson was arrested on DUI charges in Los Angeles and subsequently entered a rehabilitation center for a 30-day program. The arrest resulted in a three-game suspension from the league.

Independent of his troubles off the court, this has been Lawson's worst season in his seven-year NBA career. In 55 games for the Houston Rockets, he averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 assists per game and shot 38.7 percent from the field. The Rockets waived Lawson on March 1.

The Pacers then signed the 28-year-old on March 7, and he has appeared in two games for the team, playing 20 total minutes and scoring six points while dishing out four assists. He missed five games while dealing with a left foot sprain.

On Bleacher Report's Team Stream Now, Howard Beck discussed Lawson's possible impact on the team:

Given his rapid fall from grace, Lawson won't be expected to be a key player for the Pacers in the second half of the season. And barring an injury to George Hill, he won't need to assume starting duties at the point.

Indiana sits seventh in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of the ninth-place Detroit Pistons. Having a veteran such as Lawson on the bench will be a nice luxury as the Pacers look to solidify their playoff position. If Lawson can come off the bench and provide an offensive spark for short stretches, he'll more than validate the relative risk the team took in signing him in the middle of the year.

 

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