Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and George Hill Not Playing Against the Pistons Tonight

It looks like Frank Vogel is going with the ol’ “Triple Popovich” tonight, according to Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz. The Pacers will let three of their starters rest as Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and George Hill will all be taking the night off.

This makes sense. The Knicks beat the Hawks yesterday and that clinched the 3 seed for the Pacers. So they are playing for nothing tonight aside from the right to tell their grandchildren that they beat the mighty 2012 Detroit Pistons. The Pacers no longer control their destiny in the sense that what they do will no longer affect who they play in the first round. With Dwight Howard off for the the playoffs after having season-ending back surgery, they obvious want to play Orlando, regardless of whether anyone from the team says so or not.

And with one more win by the Magic (which host the lowly Bobcats on Wednesday) or one more loss by the Knicks (which host the Clippers Wednesday), the first round will feature an Indiana/Orlando series — which should be a cake walk for the Pacers.

Tags: Danny Granger Detroit Pistons George Hill Roy Hibbert

  • NoLookPass

    I hope they start West at center or play him in limited role because I would love to keep the DC, Tyler and Barbosa trio on the floor at the same time to get conformable with each other and be ready for when we need them most.

  • poot

    i love how West slow-played the season and now he is finally kicking into gear just in time for the playoffs

  • NoLookPass

    Wells is reporting that Vogel is leaving the bench unit together and putting Pendergraph, Price and D Jones into the starting 5 with West and Paul tonight. Smart move, those guys need to be running smooth come playoff time if we’re going to make any real noise.

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  • Realist

    Classic Pendergraph!

  • NoLookPass

    Unfortunately our bench guys aren’t playing as they are getting ready for the playoffs. Tyler in for 11:12 zero shots in the flow of the offense, Lou looking to forced shots when defended and PG taking every shot he can when in with the second unit. Tons of open looks passed over for guys looking to get theirs.