The Pacers appear to have survived the worst of the rash of injuries the team has endured to start the season (find some wood, knock on it).
Caris LeVert’s debut on Saturday, replete with eye popping offensive creation and shot making, came as Malcolm Brogdon went on the injury list with a strained hammy. The frustrating scenario highlighted the continual shuffling of the Pacers playing rotation which played a part in the Pacers 1-6 start before the team found a groove against the Spurs on Monday.
On their Tuesday off day, Malcolm Brogdon declared himself fit to return to play the Knicks on Wednesday night and suddenly the Pacers are as healthy as they have been all season with four of their presumed five starters available. TJ Warren remains suited and booted on the injury list, but Chris Duarte is filling in just fine as a starter so now we’ll see how the team manages to divvy up playmaking opportunities among the three guys who can all go get a bucket.
These are the problems you long for as a coach or fan.
The good health also improves the bench rotation. Kelan Martin also returned on Monday and was given an opportunity which he took advantage of by showing he can provide an offensive boost. Rick Carlisle has given all of the reserves opportunities to play which should create a ‘stay ready’ mindset for several players depending on how each games plays out.
Now fans can return to debating who should be playing or not playing.
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