Another day, another injury update. While it may seem as though Bankers Life Fieldhouse could double as an infirmary this season, this particular status report brings with it good news. According to the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner, another one of the many hobbled Pacers may soon be poised to make a return:
David West went through another full practice, even played 5 on 5. Prospects for a return Friday vs the Magic are growing...— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 25, 2014
"(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West told the Indianapolis Star after participating in practice Tuesday in San Antonio. "I'll see what he says. (But) I feel good. This last week has been good. No setbacks. The ankle is healthy which is important."
Unfortunately, just as one Pacer is set to return from nursing an ankle sprain after missing the first 14 games of the season, another remains sidelined:
Injury update: Roy Hibbert (sprained left ankle) is out for tonight's game in San Antonio.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 26, 2014
This will be the second consecutive game Hibbert has missed after rolling his left ankle against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.
Last season, Roy Hibbert and David West missed just three combined games for rest. After tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs, the pair will have not played in 16 combined contests. The Pacers are 1-0 this season when they have been without both Hibbert and West in the starting line-up.
If West does indeed return Friday at home against the Orlando Magic, the assumption is that Luis Scola will most likely, once again, be relegated back to the second unit. While Scola's productivity was higher for the Pacers during the 2013-14 season where he played 80 games as a reserve (16.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per 36 minutes), his efficiency has improved this season as a starter (50.5% shooting; 100 ORtg).