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Sam Young sees increased playing time for Indiana Pacers in postseason

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Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday we took a look at DeJuan Blair in the postseason. Today, it's Sam Young's turn.

Playing for the Indiana Pacers, Young's minutes overall in the playoffs are a bit down from the regular season. He averaged just over 12 per game in the regular season, but is getting only about eight in the playoffs.

As has been the case in his NBA career, he also has struggled to shoot well, averaging only 29% from the field. But unlike Blair, Young is actually being utilized more as the playoffs go on.

He played only ten total minutes in the opening series against the Atlanta Hawks, but had nearly that five times that much against the New York Knicks in the next round, averaging about eight minutes per game. Young played well in the Game 6 of that series, scoring five points, and adding five assists and a block.

In the opener of the eastern conference finals against Miami on Wednesday, he played ten minutes. And in Game 2 on Friday, he got ten more. He suffered an ankle sprain in that game, though, so not sure how that will affect him going forward.

Young isn't lighting the world on fire, but he's been part of what's largely been a four-man rotation for the Pacers off the bench. With so few reserves getting playing time, he should continue to get minutes if the ankle allows him to play.

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