INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Pacers plan to rest three starters for Wednesday night’s regular-season finale at Orlando now that they are the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday that All-Star starter Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will not play. All-Star center Roy Hibbert and guard George Hill will start but are not expected to log their usually minutes.
The decision came less than 24 hours after two-time defending champion Miami essentially ceded home-court advantage to the Pacers.
Hibbert and Hill have struggled lately and Vogel hopes they can regain some momentum heading into the playoffs. Hill has taken a total of three shots in the last two games. Hibbert missed all nine of his shots in Sunday’s victory over Oklahoma City.