The injury that forced Ian Mahinmi out in the first half against the Sacramento Kings on Friday has been diagnosed as a left torn plantar fascia, an injury that's expected to keep the backup center out for six to eight weeks, according to the Indiana Pacers.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Injury Update: Ian Mahinmi will be out six to eight weeks with a torn left plantar fascia.</p>— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pacers/status/541675729860427777">December 7, 2014</a></blockquote>
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This is among the worst case scenario for the Pacers, who lose a quality rim protector and defensive presence in Mahinmi. Mahinmi was averaging 4.9 points per game on 61% shooting and a career best 5.8 rebounds per game in 20 games this season, including four starts.
With the injuries for the Pacers appearing to finally sort themselves out, this one comes as a big blow. It will solve Indiana's big rotation issues in regards to Lavoy Allen, but this isn't the ideal way to get Allen playing time as Allen lacks the size and defensive abilities of Mahinmi.