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!
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