Rodney Stuckey has been ruled out for Sunday's Central Division match-up against the Cleveland Cavaliers, head coach Frank Vogel confirmed following Saturday's practice.
"Rodney's out tomorrow," said Vogel. "He's not going to travel."
Stuckey was assisted off the court midway thru the second quarter of Friday's contest with the Miami Heat after having badly rolled his right ankle when, while guarding Dwyane Wade, he stepped on teammate Jordan Hill's foot.
Indiana's sixth man plays a significant role leading the bench charge as well as handling some of the backup point guard duties in a staggered rotation with George Hill and Monta Ellis. Tellingly, the Pacers outscore opponents by 1.5 points per 100 possessions when Rodney Stuckey is on the court but get outscored by 7.3 points when he is on the bench.
Fortunately, the Pacers do not expect to be without their super-sub for long. As of now, Vogel said he is hearing from the team's trainers that Stuckey's injury will likely be "a matter of days not weeks."
With Stuckey out and C.J. Miles listed as "questionable," don't be surprised if the Pacers turn to Glenn Robinson III to fill some of the void left by the two injured veterans.
Robinson is averaging 8.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in a little over 17 minutes of action off the bench for Indiana.
"When I do go in the game, I'm an extra scorer if we need it." Robinson said of his play with the Pacers. "Defensively, (I'm) a guy that can get at it and don't mind going in there."
In limited sample size, the Pacers are scoring a team-high 104.7 points per 100 possessions when Robinson is on the floor.
Joe Young is also an option if the Pacers get in a pinch. Thus far, Indiana's second round pick has been unable to break into the team's playing rotation with George Hill, Monta Ellis, and Rodney Stuckey averaging 92.7 combined minutes.