Pacers coach Nate McMillan speaks out on Malcolm Brogdon’s injury exit vs. Sixers
After missing three games because of a left hamstring injury, Brogdon returned to the Pacers’ lineup on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
However, the former Rookie of the Year left the game after hurting his back. Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about it after Indiana defeated the Sixers:
Nate McMillan on Malcolm Brogdon exiting the game early: "His back locked up on him in that first quarter. I think he fell and when he fell, he started feeling spasms.”
At halftime, up 24, they decided to keep him out.
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In his first season with the Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.6 assists. He’s shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc 93.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Pacers star Victor Oladipo, who is still recovering from his knee injury, can’t wait to play with Brogdon when he’s cleared to return:
“He’s playing amazing right now,” Oladipo told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “First and foremost, he’s doing a great job out there of leading us and preparing us to play before every game. I mean, he’s a great player. Obviously, I was excited for us to get him before the season started and now that we’ve got him, I’m glad he’s here. I’m really looking forward to getting out there and playing alongside him. I think we got a chance to be a special backcourt and do something special this year.”
In need of scoring while Oladipo rehabs his knee, the Pacers acquired Brogdon, T.J. Warren and Jeremy Lamb this past summer.
All three guys have been scoring the ball well for the Pacers thus far. The Pacers, though, have to be a little worried about Brogdon since he appears to be easily prone to injury.
Indiana improved to 22-12 after defeating Philly.