Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb are doubtful to play vs. Bucks
The Indiana Pacers have been without their star guard Victor Oladipo since last season, and now, for its upcoming game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, three other notable names will also be out:
Injury report for tonight against the @Bucks:
Malcolm Brogdon: Doubtful (sore back)
Jeremy Lamb: Doubtful (sprained ankle)
T.J. McConnell: Questionable (sore groin)
Victor Oladipo: Out (knee surgery rehab)
Edmond Sumner: Out (hand fracture)
Myles Turner: Doubtful (sprained ankle)
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 16, 2019
The Pacers have been without Myles Turner since October 30 due to an ankle injury, Jeremy Lamb has been out since November 6 with an ankle injury of his own, and the Pacers’ leader without Dipo, Malcolm Brogdon, will be out with a back injury.
Brogdon has been the main factor in leading the Pacers to a 7-5 record to start the season despite a rash of injuries, and he has been playing like a Most Improved Player candidate as Indiana’s primary ballhandler in the 2019-20 season.
After being sign-and-traded from the Bucks to the Pacers, Brogdon is putting up career-highs in points per game (19.2), rebounds per game (4.8) and assists per game (8.2). Those 8.2 dimes represent a five-assist increase from his previous career-high per Basketball Reference, and his passing numbers put him in elite company to start the season.
Those 8.2 dimes per game are good for 5th among all player in the NBA, his 98 total assists rank 3rd overall and his 40 percent assist rate is also good for 5th overall.
While Turner’s absence is not surprising and Lamb has also been out for a while, Brogdon’s presence would’ve been one of the major storylines in the game had he played – due to it being a “revenge game” for the guard after he was traded from the team that drafted him over the offseason.