The Indiana Pacers are Getting Banged Up in Midst of Tough Schedule
The Indiana Pacers will have to use the ‘Next Man Up’ strategy with the team dealing with multiple injuries to key players.
The Pacers announced that C.J. Miles is out for tomorrow’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
They also announced that Paul George is questionable due to a sore ankle and that Kevin Seraphin is questionable with a sore knee.
While George and Seraphin’s injuries weren’t apparent during the recent games, Miles’ knee injury was very obvious on Friday night.
Kevin Seraphin: Questionable (sore left knee)
Paul George: Questionable (sore left ankle)
C.J. Miles: Out (sore left knee)
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 19, 2016
Miles and George are both set to undergo MRI’s today due to their injuries. Hopefully. for the Pacers, those MRI’s will come back clean. Paul George is the team’s best player by far and C.J. Miles was playing a huge role off the bench this season, averaging 14.4 points a game.
Nate McMillan said CJ Miles will have an MRI on his left knee tomorrow.
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) November 19, 2016
Nate Taylor of the Indy Star opined that it’s unlikely George plays on Sunday night against the Thunder, based off of what Coach Nate McMillan had to say.
Based on everything Nate McMillan said, the odds of Paul George playing Sunday in OKC seem very slim.
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) November 18, 2016
It will be tough to potentially be without all three of those players. The Pacers have a tough game in OKC tomorrow night and face the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks after that. Those are all quality teams that are looking to make some noise in their respective conferences.
If Paul George is forced to watch from the sidelines with C.J. Miles, the Pacers would likely start Glenn Robinson III at small forward. He started the second half of last night’s game against the Suns and provided a spark.
If Seraphin is also out, Al Jefferson would have no choice but to play most of, if not all of the backup center minutes. Al can obviously put the ball in the hoop, but he’s had a real hard time playing defense with his increasing age.
If I was the Pacers, I would even consider calling up Rakeem Christmas from the D-League if these injuries sideline those three players. Just for emergency depth or if you want to match up against a team like OKC differently. Either way, luck is not on the Pacers’ side right now.
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