The Pacers will have a little more firepower when they resume play in Chicago on Friday. Rodney Stuckey is expected to play and listed as ‘probable’ on the latest injury report from the Pacers.
Injury report for tonight.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) December 26, 2016
Ellis: Out (sore right groin)
Stuckey: Probable (sore left hamstring)
J. Young: Questionable (stomach virus)
After three days off which included two real practices to work on things for the first time in at least a couple of weeks, the Pacers were able to include Stuckey in the workouts with the expectation that he would play on Monday, according to Nate Taylor’s report.
Nate McMillan is looking forward to having Stuckey back to fortify the playing rotation.
“I think he’s one of our better defenders in guarding some of these guards,” McMillan said Saturday. “He’s very physical and he establishes how we want to play. He pushes the ball in transition and when he’s making his shots, we’re a much better club.”
Paul George also mentioned how Stuckey adds another threat for the team down the stretch along with some toughness on both ends of the floor.
Stuckey has missed the last five games after straining his left hamstring in Miami.
Monta Ellis remains out with a strained groin. McMillan said on Thursday that he expected Ellis to be out at least another two weeks.