Well this is not the news Pacers fans were hoping for. Just two days before the season begins the team announced that George Hill, David West, and C.J. Watson will miss time to begin the season.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Injury update on David West, George Hill and C.J. Watson: <a href="http://t.co/JIbLtUF0o0">http://t.co/JIbLtUF0o0</a> <a href="http://t.co/Zsfv6lPlPN">pic.twitter.com/Zsfv6lPlPN</a></p>— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pacers/status/526794714591133696">October 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Hill is out three weeks with a left knee contusion, West will miss at least three games due to his sprained right ankle, and Watson will miss at least two weeks with a bruised right foot. This is obviously upsetting news for a team that is already expected to struggle this season. The loss of any player that will play meaningful minutes this year is significant. The team will likely begin the year with some combination of Rodney Stuckey, and Donald Sloan at point guard, while Lavoy Allen and Luis Scola will attempt to fill the David West sized void at power forward.
These are not long term injuries, but without these key contributors the losses could pile up quickly to start the season. I suggest placing the rest of the team in bubble wrap until Wednesday.