Week 18 Observations: Paul George is Very Much in the MVP Conversation
Week 18 Observations: Paul George is Very Much in the MVP Conversation

As the NBA moves closer to All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, Nick Whalen takes a look around the league at the storylines to monitor.

Wesley Matthews made his Pacers debut Monday night against Charlotte. Taking over for Tyreke Evans as the starting shooting guard, Matthews struggled to a 2-of-10 (2-7 3PT) shooting night, but he added five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. Evans still played 20 minutes off the bench, while Cory Joseph finished with six points in 21 minutes. Both players looked to be in position to benefit after Victor Oladipo went down, but the addition of Matthews likely puts the kibosh on that.

Thirty-three-percent-owned in Yahoo leagues, Matthews' stock looks like it won't change significantly one way or the other, with his primary utility coming as a volume three-point shooter – albeit a streaky one.

A few hundred miles north, Wayne Ellington also debuted on Monday and had struggles of his own in Detroit. Ellington finished just 1-of-8 from the field, including 0-of-7 from three in 19 minutes off the bench. After shipping out Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock at the deadline, the Pistons were in desperate need of help on the wing, and Ellington will now compete with Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and Bruce Brown for minutes

Dwane Casey rolled with Brown and Galloway as starters Monday, but neither player is much of an offensive threat, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Ellington (or Kennard) eventually take over one of those wing spots. Starting

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