In the mid-second quarter against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Brogdon took an inadvertent shot to the forehead from Myles Turner which required stitches. After receiving treatment for the laceration during halftime, he was ruled out for the rest of the game as a result of exhibiting concussion-like symptoms.
The 27-year-old point guard hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries in his first season with the Pacers, previously missing 12 combined games due to back soreness, finger dislocation, a sore hamstring, and strep throat. Since returning from illness on January 13 against the Sixers, Brogdon had been averaging 14 points and six assists while coming up big in crunch-time with 22 clutch points.
In the absence of Brogdon’s steadying presence, expect the Pacers to pivot to T.J. McConnell. The plucky guard got the start during the second half against the Suns on Wednesday, and he was also catapulted into the starting lineup versus the Bulls when Brogdon sat out with strep throat. Aaron Holiday, meanwhile, has struggled of late with his decision-making in a lead guard role and was listed as questionable with thumb soreness on Wednesday morning’s injury report.
With Victor Oladipo only days away from shaking up the rotation on January 29, McConnell continued to make his case for sustained playing time, posting his second double-double of the season in a larger role as Aaron once again ran hot and (mostly) cold in terms of forcing shots and playing in the flow of the offense.
Brogdon can be seen observing practice from the sidelines in social media images from shootaround, which means he traveled with the team from Phoenix to San Francisco. Flying with a concussion seems like it would be miserable, so maybe the fact that he made the trip is a positive sign moving forward?
Malcolm Brogdon did not practice and won’t play Friday vs Warriors due to a concussion sustained last night. pic.twitter.com/D8PMKWIMoN— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) January 23, 2020
According to the league’s concussion policy, a player who is diagnosed with a concussion is not eligible to return to any type of basketball activity that day or the day after and must be symptom free and evaluated by a physician before and while progressing through several steps of increasing exertion – from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills.
The Pacers are 6-6 this season in games without Malcolm Brogdon.