The Indiana Pacers are among the 22 teams that are participating in the resumption of the NBA season at Disney World. It just remains to be seen whether or not Domantas Sabonis will be able to take part.
Since arriving in Indianapolis last month, Sabonis has been dealing with plantar fasciitis. It kept him from participating in much of the Pacers’ practices since arriving in Orlando with the team.
During the Pacers’ media availability, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan told reporters that Sabonis is currently ‘out indefinitely’ and they will make their decision regarding his status in ‘another week or two.’
“He’s been sore. There’s a bruise there,” coach Nate McMillan said, via J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star. “Right now he is out indefinitely. We’ll see how he feels in another week or two and really make our decision then.
“He went to Los Angeles and he felt there’s some treatment he could get that could help him. That was his reason for leaving.”
Not having Sabonis in the lineup will result in the Pacers playing Myles Turner at the five on both ends of the floor. It’s likely they will decide to deploy JaKarr Sampson at the four spot, if Sabonis is unable to play.
The Pacers would surely need to get creative when it comes to making adjustments on offense without Domantas Sabonis. It will be interesting to see how Turner would be utilized considering he showed progress in the post this season.
The Pacers will have eight regular-season games before the playoffs to compete with the Philadelphia 76ers for either the fifth or sixth seed in the Eastern Conference standings. Falling to the sixth spot would almost surely result in Indiana facing the Boston Celtics in round-one again.
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