After not traveling with the team to Boston last night, the Indiana Pacers announced Thursday that Rodney Stuckey will be out for the next two weeks with a sprain and bone bruise in his right foot.
The backup guard is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 14 days, which means Indiana will be without Stuckey for the next seven games at a minimum. Four of the team's next seven opponents are currently below .500. The other three, the Golden State Warriors (1/22), Los Angeles Clippers (1/26), and Atlanta Hawks (1/28), all boast better win percentages than the Pacers. The Blue & Gold are 3-3 in games without Stuckey.
The Pacers have basically broken even with Rodney Stuckey on the court this season, only outscoring opponents by 0.9 points per 100 possessions. However, Indiana relies heavily on the 29-year-old to shoulder a large share of the team's guard duties. The reserve guard along with George Hill and Monta Ellis average 93.5 of the possible 96 backcourt minutes per game.
Without Stuckey, the team will likely continue to look toward Glenn Robinson III and, to a lesser extent, Joe Young to pick up the slack.
Since being reinserted into the playing rotation on January 4 against the Miami Heat, Indiana's most used bench lineup with Robinson III filling Stuckey's shoes alongside George Hill, C.J. Miles, Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill has outscored opponents by 12.1 points per 100 possessions. Of course, 14 minutes of court time is hardly a large enough sample size to predict future results. Overall, the Pacers are getting outscored by 2.9 points per 100 possessions with the second-year player on the floor over that same span of time.
Young has only appeared in 14 games this season averaging 1.9 points on 32 percent shooting in 4.9 minutes per game.
With Monta Ellis and George Hill both already averaging over 33 minutes per game, increasing either player's playing time would be an ill-advised move in Stuckey's absence.
Stuckey is averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 points over 33 games played this season.