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Pacers Injury Update: Thaddeus Young day-to-day with sprained wrist

The Pacers are awaiting further evaluation of Thad Young to determine status for Saturday night.

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Thaddeus Young had another solid game cut short when he sprained his left wrist in the second half of the Pacers win over the Nets on Friday night.

Obviously, the injury could be worse and the fact x-rays ruled out a broken wrist was good news, as reported by Nate Taylor. But considering Young is a lefty, his day-to-day status will be put to the test with the Pacers playing on a back-to-back against the Pistons in Indy on Saturday night.

Hopefully, MRI results are positive, as well even if Young has to miss the game on Saturday. With the schedule hitting a critical and difficult stretch, the Pacers don’t need their recent stretch of relatively good health to take a hit.

Young has been a valuable cog in the Pacers starting unit as they have found a nice rhythm as a unit which has Young playing a complimentary role to Myles Turner, Paul George and Jeff Teague, but still making opponents account for him on the floor.

So IF Young can’t play on Saturday, how will the Pacers adjust their starting lineup? Inserting Lavoy Allen at PF would give them a traditional lineup, but the Pistons are playing Jon Leuer at PF which would require Allen to cover the perimeter.

Against Brooklyn, the Pacers finished with a small lineup playing C.J. Miles at PF and Monta Ellis with the other four starters. That would make sense, although inserting Glenn Robinson III back into the starting lineup may be a better fit to start and keep Monta in his current role in the playing rotation. Then Nate McMillan can adjust the closing lineup depending on how Robinson and Monta are playing.