Domantas Sabonis went through full practice, remains questionable for Pacers vs. Sixers
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis is close to a return, although he is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Domas Sabonis (sprained ankle) went through a full practice today and is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game in Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/ZrDNY3Avqw
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 9, 2019
Domantas Sabonis, who missed the Pacers’ last five games, participated in the team’s recent practice. The big man said he feels good and could give it a go depending on what he feels tomorrow, per Indystar’s Akeem Glaspie.
“I feel better. Today was my first practice with the team. (The ankle) didn’t feel too bad. I woke up this morning and it was less sore. Hopefully it stays that way tomorrow.”
The third year vet already participated in a light practice last Wednesday, doing one-on-one drills with teammates and assistant coaches. This is the first time he participated in a full practice since the ankle injury.
Sabonis, who is a candidate to win Sixth Man of the Year honor this season, said his rehab is focused on mobilization and stretching the ankle.
One of the factors that could help determine Sabonis’ status for tomorrow is if the Sixers’ Joel Embiid will suit up. The All-Star center is also dealing with an injury that has kept him out for more than a week now.
If Embiid decides to play tomorrow, then Sabonis might try to give it a go as well.
However, should the Pacers feel that things could go worse, they might decide to give Sabonis an extra couple of days to rest. They have already lost Victor Oladipo to a season ending injury, and they do not want the same to happen to Sabonis, or any of their players, especially since they are planning to make a deep run in the playoffs.