The Pacers’ playing rotation took a hit on Thursday when Glenn Robinson III strained his left calf during practice. Prior to playing Denver on Friday, Nate McMillan confirmed Robinson was out and would be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Wait. What? Two weeks!
There are two and a half weeks remaining in the regular season and as the Pacers try to hang onto a playoff spot in the East, it appears they will have to do so without the versatile wing minutes Robinson supplies off the bench.
Robinson was scrimmaging with the younger players on the roster while most of the vets rested for the game on Friday. The calf strain was described as a non-contact injury which Robinson felt while trying to push off to change direction.
McMillan said prior to the game that he planned to keep his starting lineup with C.J. Miles at shooting guard while Robinson is out. McMillan also said veteran guard Rodney Stuckey would replace Robinson off the bench which maintains the 10-man (at least) rotation McMillan has used with varying success.
“It changes what we have been doing,” McMillan said. “He (Robinson) has been the three that’s come off the bench. We’ll look at Stuckey coming off and we’ll have to make some adjustments. “
McMillan did adjust at halftime against Denver after a rough start, swapping out Miles for Monta to begin the third quarter.
As for Robinson, he has to rehab with an eye toward the post-season since it appears he will likely miss the stretch run for the regular season. Assuming the Pacers make the post-season, that is. Including the Denver game, the Pacers play eight times over the next two weeks which would leave three game remaining in the regular season.
“It’s tough because I’ve never really been injured before,” he told Nate Taylor before the game. “I haven’t been in the training room, really, until yesterday and today. It’s different for me, but the biggest thing for me mentally is staying in the game. My teammates are doing a good job of keeping my mind right.”