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Malcolm Brogdon questionable against Suns with neck strain

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Brogdon has been dealing with neck pain since the season resumed.

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Malcolm Brogdon is considered questionable for Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Suns with a cervical strain, reports ESPN’s Eric Woodyard.

Brogdon, who is averaging 16 points since the restart on 33 percent shooting, missed Indiana’s first game against the Sixers on Saturday and was likewise listed as questionable with neck pain ahead of Monday’s contest versus Washington, though he went on to produce 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in 35 minutes of action.

In the event that the 26-year-old point guard can’t play, expect the Pacers to once again pivot to Justin Holiday in the starting lineup. The last time these two teams met, T.J. Warren started where he’s since left off, scoring 25 points on 18 shots while also recording 19.4 partial defensive possessions against Devin Booker, who he limited to 1-of-4 shooting.

With Phoenix also 3-0 in the bubble and fresh off a game-winner over the LA Clippers, the rematch of the clash for cash considerations looks to promise several juicy match-ups, including Myles Turner versus DeAndre Ayton as well as Ricky Rubio’s length against Indiana’s three-guard lineup. Though Brogdon has struggled with his shot, especially from deep (16 percent), he currently leads the Pacers in trips to the line with 12 of their 58 total attempts — which is currently the second-lowest volume in the league.

If, at some point, Warren (119 points on 65-60-91 shooting) and the team cool down a bit from the field (50.9 percent), or take less than immaculate care of the ball, drawing contact could prove key to mitigating some of the potential highs and lows.