Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis a game-time decision vs. Bulls
Domantas Sabonis didn’t practice today (left calf contusion) and will be a game time decision vs Bulls.
— Jeremiah Johnson (@JJFSINDIANA) November 2, 2019
Sabonis suffered a left calf contusion in the fourth quarter in Friday’s home win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, neither he or the coaching staff know when the injury actually occurred.
Sabonis played through the pain in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers get their second victory of the season and avenge an early season loss at the hands of the Cavaliers last week. The Lithuanian forward/center hauled in a career-high 17 rebounds to go along with 18 points.
The Pacers cannot afford to lose Sabonis, even though they are just five games into the 2019-20 season.
Starting center Myles Turner is already out with a right ankle injury that he sustained in their game against the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday. The shot blocking specialist is considered week-to-week as he recovers from the sprained ankle.
Likewise, All-Star guard Victor Oladipo continues to recover from a quad injury he suffered last season. He may still be months away from returning to the floor.
Sabonis is having a breakout seasons for Indiana thus far. Through five games, the second-generation big man is averaging 21.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists, while shooting 57.0 percent from the field.
After losing three straight to begin the year, the Pacers rattled off back-to-back victories over the Nets and the Cavaliers. They hope Sabonis can be healthy enough so that they can continue the momentum in their next game against Chicago.