Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) winces in pain after getting up from attempting a rebound during the second period of the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Pacers' Lance Stephenson leaves Tuesday's game with back injury



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Lance Stephenson had to leave Tuesday’s game after injuring his back (Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Indiana Pacers’ shooting guard Lance Stephenson — who is arguably the hottest fantasy basketball players on the planet — was forced to leave Tuesday’s game vs. the Hawks with a lower back injury.

Stephenson’s injury occurred when he elevated for a dunk, but got upended, toppling to the ground and landing on his back.  Hawks players stood over him as he grimaced in pain, gripping his lower back.  He was later taken to the locker room and did not return.  He finished with 10 points (4-5 FG), four rebounds, two assists and six turnovers in 23 minutes.

In this video you can see how hard he fell:

There hasn’t been anything released yet as to what the extent of the injury could be, but from the looks of it, it’s probably a tailbone injury.  Even if it’s not too serious, Stephenson could still easily miss the rest of the week.  The Pacers have a game on Friday vs. Portland, and then a back-to-back on Sunday and Monday vs. Orlando and Denver, respectively.

Fantasy owners will surely be upset if he has to miss time — the fourth-year guard is averaging 14.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and a league-leading four triple-doubles in his breakout season.  C.J. Watson (100 percent available) and Danny Granger (50 percent available) are the logical pickups in fantasy leagues.  Granger is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 16 points with 3 3-pointers vs. the Magic on Monday, and he scored eight points on 2-of-7 shooting in 23 minutes of play on Tuesday.  In 22 minutes of action on Tuesday, Watson scored eight points, while dishing out three assists and recording two steals.

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