Pacers Injury Update and Links: C.J. Watson hopes to return in Milwaukee

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers could use a little good news and seeing their reserve point guard return to game action would qualify as such.

The right side of C.J. Watson's body is finally getting right as he hopes to rejoin the team as an active participant when the Pacers face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Watson has missed the better part of the last 18 games during a stretch when the Pacers have gone 7-11. A right elbow injury started the prolonged absence and then when that appeared fine, Watson played just eight minutes at Philadelphia before his right hammy went bad.

He's been sidelined ever since and as Scott Agness reports, the elbow flaring up again contributed to the extended stint in street clothes.

Watson revealed on Sunday that it hasn't been the hamstring strain, a Grade 1 injury, as much as the elbow still bothering him.

"During the process I had a couple of hiccups," he said. "My elbow swelled up, so that's what set me back more. (The) hamstring is getting a lot better. Just a little tight when I still run and sprint so it's going to be some discomfort and pain.

"Both of them have a part to play in it. Hamstring is getting a lot better but the elbow the reason why I've been out the last couple of games."

Hopefully the pain is behind Watson and he can use the last few regular season games to get ready for the playoffs. If he makes it through practice on Tuesday, we should expect to see Watson. The only bad thing is, a shooting elbow with a tendency to flare up and cause problems will likely remain a wild card for Watson throughout the playoffs.

Also in the links, an interesting new stat from ESPN called Real Plus-Minus which accounts for a players on/off numbers through their personal offensive and defensive efficiency (per 100 possessions) along with other factors to account to other players on the court.

Interesting to see where the Pacers players rank, especially since none are in the Top 25. In fact, David West is the first player ranked at 37!

Check out the links:

Watson aiming to return on Wednesday in Milwaukee | Pacers Blogs

Call-A-Pacer 2014 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

NBA: Introducing Real Plus-Minus - ESPN

NBA Real Plus-Minus player rankings - ESPN

Epic Pacers collapse chronicled through highs, lows - Indy Star

One Big Reason the Indiana Pacers are Struggling? March 14, 2014 is where it all began - The Majors: Your TOTAL Sports Network

Hibbert drama just latest for floundering Pacers - 1070 The Fan

Recent struggles making Indiana Pacers less of threat to Heat in playoffs - NY Daily News

Frank Vogel Benched Roy Hibbert

Daily Dime: Viewer's guide to the playoff race - ESPN

2014 NBA power rankings: Streak over, but Spurs remain on top - SBNation.com

Joe Dumars will reportedly resign as Pistons president - SBNation.com

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas cited for allegedly driving while intoxicated | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

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