Prior to playing the Washington Wizards, the Indiana Pacers announced that guard Rodney Stuckey would sit out at least the next three games to rest a foot strain that has had him in and out of the lineup early in the season.
On Saturday, Stuckey left the game in Atlanta early with a tendon strain but that strain seemed to help loosen up the initial strain felt in his foot. Stuckey then played over 17 minutes on Tuesday at home against Milwaukee. Following the game, he said he felt fine but had no idea how he would feel before the game in Washington.
Obviously, the Pacers decided some extended rest was in order so they signed Gal Mekel to fill in the guard rotation and then shut down Stuckey. The late scratch left the Pacers with Donald Sloan as the only true point guard available. Solomon Hill played a few minutes in relief of Sloan against Washington.
C.J. Watson (foot) and George Hill (knee) are still out indefinitely with Watson supposedly closer than Hill to a return.
After playing the Wizards, the Pacers go to Boston where they will play the Celtics on Friday. The team returns home to play Washington again on Saturday and then Utah on Monday.