Injuries hurting Pacers up front

Injuries hurting Pacers up front

Published Jan. 19, 2012 8:53 a.m. ET

The Pacers are dealing with health issues in the frontcourt again.

Veteran center Jeff Foster is out for at least the next two weeks because of issues with his back. He's not on the team's current three-game West Coast road trip, which started with a 92-88 loss at Sacramento on Wednesday.

Forward Jeff Pendergraph is also out after suffering a mild concussion in practice earlier this week.

"He's having a procedure done to his back," coach Frank Vogel said about Foster.

Foster has been dealing with back problems all season. The key for the Pacers is to have Foster ready for the playoffs.

"Jeff is a guy that we really need in the lineup," guard Darren Collison said. "He gives us extra possessions in terms of offensive rebounding, that toughness and that veteran leadership."

Lou Amundson will backup Roy Hibbert at center in Foster's absence.

Pendergraph suffered a concussion while trying to take a charge in practice. He passed his concussion test on Tuesday, but he was told he should still remain out the lineup.

"I don't get dizzy and I'm not sensitive to light or anything like that, I just don't feel normal," he said.


Wanted: Rebounds

--It'll be difficult for the Pacers to beat anybody if they can't rebound the basketball. Sacramento grabbed 30 offensive rebounds to the Pacers' 18 offensive boards. Kings F DeMarcus Cousins had 12 offensive rebounds. "You give up 30 offensive rebounds, you should lose the game," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

--The Pacers were held to 3-of-16 shooting and eight points in the fourth quarter. F Danny Granger, F David West and G Paul George were the only players to make a field goal in the final quarter. The Pacers struggled from the field because they couldn't solve Sacramento's zone defense. "We're a better one offense team," coach Frank Vogel said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "DeMarcus (Cousins) is tough. We had to send two people at him to box him out. That's on me." --Pacers C Roy Hibbert on Cousins, who grabbed tied his career high with 19 rebounds.