Pacers news: Indiana getting Domantas Sabonis back from calf injury vs. Wizards
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Pacers getting Domantas Sabonis back from calf injury vs. Wizards

Domantas Sabonis, Pacers

Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis will return to the lineup against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night after missing the last two games due to a calf injury.

Myles Turner and Jeremy Lamb are both out:

Turner continues to work his way back from a sprained ankle that initially had him listed week-to-week. He was questionable for Wednesday night’s game.

The Pacers were able to get a win over the Chicago Bulls without Sabonis and Turner in the lineup, but they lost to the Charlotte Hornets in overtime on Tuesday night. However, rookie big Goga Bitadze has looked good.

Bitadze recorded 11 boards, four assists and four blocks against the Hornets just one game after also notching four blocks against the Bulls.

With Sabonis back in the rotation, the Pacers have a real opportunity to dominate the glass. Of course, head coach Nate McMillan could elect to go slightly smaller with his lineups and keep T.J. Warren at the 4, but the frontcourt pairing of Sabonis and Bitadze should eat up the boards.

Domantas Sabonis had played through his calf injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he experienced subsequent pain and swelling that made it difficult for him to even practice.

The 23-year-old was the recipient of a four-year extension worth nearly $75 million just before the start of the regular season, and he is averaging 21.8 points and 11.4 rebounds through five games.

Meanwhile, Indiana’s early encounters with the injury bug have hindered their ability to establish chemistry. The Pacers experienced a fair amount of roster turnover, and though Malcolm Brogdon looks like a star and Warren has been impressive, Indiana has stumbled to a 3-4 start.