INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have waived backup guard Monta Ellis.
Ellis has played the last two seasons in Indiana, averaging 11.3 points and 4.0 assists in 114 games. But he lost his starting job last season. The NBA also announced that he would be suspended for the first five games next season for a violation of the league's anti-drug policy.
Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Bullock of the Detroit Pistons have been suspended five games under the NBA's anti-drug program.
The league announced the suspensions Friday without disclosing details of the violations.
The 31-year-old Ellis averaged 8.5 points a game for Indiana last season. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said the suspension was a "very serious matter" and would be dealt with.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — J.R. Smith will be back in the Cleveland Cavaliers starting lineup Thursday night.
And he'll be facing a new-look Indiana Pacers lineup in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.
Forward C.J. Miles will return to the Pacers' starting rotation, replacing Monta Ellis, who has been ineffective in the first two games. Coach Nate McMillan made the move after losing the first two games in Cleveland.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard would prefer to see the Spurs seal their wins with sound defense, rather than last-second shots.
When they need a big basket, though, he's up to the task.
Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio returned from an eight-game road trip to beat the Indiana Pacers 100-99 on Wednesday night.
Leonard hit a turnaround, fade-away jumper from 16 feet against Paul George with 2.4 seconds left to help the Spurs win their first home game since Feb 4.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Milwaukee's backups made all the difference against Indiana.
"Their spirit, their energy, you could see was extremely high," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said after the 116-110 victory Saturday night. "I thought our bench was great, the starters were good, the ball was moving. It was a team effort and that's what it takes to win."
WASHINGTON (AP) — New Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks feels pretty good about things when his team's locked in a tight game and All-Star point guard John Wall has the ball in his hands.
"He's been a great playmaker for us throughout the games and in clutch situations. We've won a lot of close games," Brooks said. "He's really finding a balance of attacking, pulling up for a shot and kicking out to open shooters."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner is rolling right into the New Year.
The second-year center had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 117-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
"I've just been a recipient of great passes," Turner said. "I'm playing off my teammates right now and that's been big for us."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guard Tyreke Evans is slated to play for the first time this season in Thursday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.
Evans missed most of last season with a right knee injury and his rehabilitation has also spanned the first 26 games of this season.