Garrett Richards held Oakland at bay Monday giving up just one run on four hits, no walks with four strikeouts over seven innings.
Richards came into Monday's matchup 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA (30 IP, 25 ER) in his six career starts against the Athletics, making last night's performance even that much more impressive. One of the keys to Richards success this season is that he has allowed just two home runs over 81.1 innings pitched for a HR/9 rate that leads MLB.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
George Hill scored 12 points (5-12 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with two assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block over 32 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Hornets.
After a very pedestrian start to the season, Hill has begun to turn on the jets in February. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 4.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game during the month. The Pacers have started to labor and have looked to some of the pieces surrounding Paul George to give them some support. Hill’s name has recently be thrown around in some trade rumors but it hasn’t seemingly affected his ability to play through it. Hill’s at his best, and most valuable, when he’s knocking shots down from the three-point line. He hasn’t shot the three-ball better than 33-percent over his three games. The last time he hit north of two three-pointers, he hit 4-of-8 and scored 23 points. If we begin to see that more often, Hill’s value will sky rocket. Analysis: James Grande
Myles Turner scored 10 points (4-11 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with five rebounds over 23 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Hornets.
The rookie has been impressive since joining the starting lineup, but Wednesday’s game wasn’t one of his shiniest performances. Even though he scored 10-plus points for the fourth straight contest, he did so on a measly 36-percent shooting. But since entering the starting lineup, Turner’s averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He’s even recorded two double-doubles as a starter. He has shown some serious skill on both sides of the ball. He’s an excellent shot blocker that will only get better the more time he gets. He also has a few post moves he’ll showcase throughout the night, to go with a face up jumper he can knock down as far out as 18 feet. As long as Turner remains with the first-unit, he’ll be a viable fantasy option, in all formats. Analysis: James Grande