Domantas Sabonis out for Pacers Sunday vs. Bulls
Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Domantas Sabonis, who didn’t practice Saturday with a calf contusion, will NOT play vs. Bulls. Pacers already are without Myles Turner and obviously Oladipo.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 3, 2019
Sabonis apparently suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Indiana’s win over the Cavaliers on Friday, but his efforts to play through the contusion will result on him parading the sidelines on Sunday.
The Pacers are already without Victor Oladipo for the foreseeable future as he continues to rehab from a ruptured quad sustained last January. Center Myles Turner is also on the shelf after suffering a sprained right ankle, and the Pacers will monitor him week-to-week.
Indiana head coach Nate McMillan said that Sabonis reported to practice on Saturday with aggravation in the calf, and he was simply unable to give it a go (via Nathan Brown of the Indianapolis Star):
McMillan said Sabonis came to the team facility Saturday complaining of soreness and had a good amount of swelling in his calf. The team ran “light” practice in the afternoon with just 10 guys available, after McMillan also held Brogdon from practice due to his particularly high workload through five games.
Sabonis posted 18 points and 17 rebounds against the Cavaliers.
The 23-year-old has had plenty to be excited about as of late. He inked a four-year, $77 million extension with the Pacers prior to the start of the regular season, and through the first five games he is averaging 21.8 points and 11.4 rebounds.
The Pacers will take a cautious approach with respect to Sabonis’ health given the number of injuries already accrued by the rest of the roster.