Looks like Jeff Pendergraph is ready for the Chicago winds. (Image via @Pacers)
Indiana plays its second, and last, preseason game tomorrow at 8:00 pm against the Bulls.
UPDATE: I missed this earlier but Pendergraph has also tweaked his knee. He will thus sit out this game in Chicago, but based on the optimism of coach Frank Vogel and the hat he is wearing, hopefully for Indy that means it isn’t that serious.
Jeff Pendergraph missed all of 2010-11 after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason.
Pendergraph has a mild sprain with the same knee and the club thinks he’ll be ready for the start of the season.
“We’re hoping to have him ready for opening night [Dec. 26 against Detroit],” Pacers head coach Frank Vogel tells The Indianapolis Star. “This is not due to his previous injury.”
More from the source reporting by Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.
When Pendergraph “tweaked” his knee, he knew right away it wasn’t an ACL injury because of how he felt when it happened.
“It was just a little twist,” he said. “It was a freak accident. It was bugging me enough that it wasn’t anything to keep fighting through, and after talking to the training staff, they were concerned that I should sit out for a little bit … I can’t wait to get going again. But right now we’re being cautious, making sure I get enough rest and it heals up right. Then we can attack it head-on with the treatment and then go from there so I can get back on the court doing what I do.”