Nate McMillan updated the Pacers injury issues on Monday at practice which took longer than usual due to Jefferson and Stuckey joining the injury list late in the Pacers win over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Jefferson was in severe pain and eventually wheeled off the court after turning his left ankle badly, but x-rays were negative leaving Big Al with a severe sprain. That good news left Al hearing it from his teammates for getting wheeled off the court, but he remains on crutches and recovering to return before the end of the regular season will be a challenge.
Stuckey’s exit was less dramatic but his status with right knee soreness depends on the results from a Monday MRI. Stuckey was moving around at practice on Monday but didn’t run. He’s not listed on the injury report for the game on Tuesday, but he has to be considered questionable, at best.
So, with Glenn Robinson III (calf) still out, that leaves McMillan filling the playing rotation gaps with C.J. Miles on the wing, most likely shrinking the rotation to nine players, a number he said he preferred way back on Media Day, but has not utilized during the season.
That also assumes Rakeem Christmas and/or Kevin Seraphin will fill gaps in the front court rotation. McMillan said their involvement in the game plan will be evaluated based on matchups.
We hit on this topic and also heard what McMillan had to say prior to the game about returning Monta Ellis to the starting lineup on the latest Locked on Pacers episode. Check it out.