Orlando Johnson thought he would spend his rookie season learning.

Gerald Green went from being the supposed primary scorer off the bench to out the rotation to back in the rotation.

Sam Young has gone from beating out a handful of other players to make the roster in training camp to being released because of an ankle injury to being re-signed after getting healthy.

The three Indiana Pacers have been in the mix all season in one form or another, but now their roles become even more vital.

They no longer will be looking over their shoulders wondering how things will change once Danny Granger returns to the lineup. Granger is done for the season due to surgery on his left knee.

Johnson, Young and Green aren’t expected to be stars, but they need to at least allow Paul George and Lance Stephenson to get breathers without the team suffering on the court.