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According to the Pacers, West will be a game time decision tonight in Cleveland after hurting his back in Philadelphia.
Forward David West may not play and is officially a game time decision with a lower back sprain, according to the team.
David West a game time decision against Cavs with a lower back sprain sustained in the Philadelphia game.— David Benner (@PacersDMB) March 18, 2013
Wonderful. Just when it appears the Pacers have a good chance to begin building a little positive momentum, we get this news. Seems to me a lower back sprain sounds worse than a lower back strain, but if West is not already ruled out for the game tonight or at least questionable, then the severity must not be too bad.
West missed a game in mid-February against Charlotte with an eye injury which the Pacers easily won. Tyler Hansbrough started in place of West and took advantage to score 19 points and grab 10 rebounds. I assume Hansbrough would start against the Cavs if West can't go and for whatever reason, Hans seems to play better as a starter.
Obviously, the Pacers have to error on the side of caution with a long-term view regarding West. BUT...it sure would be nice to have him available for the game tonight.
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