I think with the insertion of Rasual Butler into the second unit last night, it got me thinking more about the playing time of guys and how it will all pan out. When Danny Granger makes his return, I know he’ll get some bump in playing time, but how much time should he be out there? To make the impact he can, he’s going to need that time on the floor to get his game going again. I also feel like, he could be a great guy to give Paul George some rest, who’ll need it after playing so tough these first months of the season. If you can give Granger 15 or more minutes a game, that would be right where I would want him. Most likely in the 15-20 minute range. Just all depends on what kind of game Granger is having out there.
I think this would move Butler back to the end of the line for playing time. This could also hamper Orlando Johnson, who I felt like was going to be not playing as much anyways with a healthy Granger. But what about Chris Copeland, who hasn’t seen as much action as fans would like?
I’m still not sure what’s going on with Chris Copeland and why he’s not getting some time out there. I know Coach Vogel has said he’s waiting on the right matchup to play Copeland more. But how are the Pacers going to know how Copeland will play if he’s not out there? If you feel like he’s a defensive liability, then make sure he’s out there with Roy Hibbert or David West. Two guys that can make up on that end. I just feel like Copeland needs to start playing some minutes if the Pacers want to use him in any capacity. A guy can’t get into his game if he’s sitting on the bench. Sure, he can look awesome in practice, but game time is where the minutes count more. Just ask Jonathan Bender all about that aspect. You fans will definitely get that reference.
Finding minutes for guys is a bit of a problem to have when you want to see how each guy fills their role. I understand playoff time, the lineup gets shortened and all that. But right now, you want to see who can help out when that time comes around. It doesn’t help anyone sitting around waiting for their time to come. Just give a guy a few minutes out there, and let him do some work.