The Indiana Pacers acquired Luis Scola in the offseason via trade with the Phoenix Suns, agreeing to send Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee to Phoenix.
Scola was everything the Pacers wanted and more — he has a smooth offensive game, can rebound the basketball and provides Indiana with a quality backup at the power forward position.
As of late, however, the Argentinian has struggled from the field and noticeably so. Thus was the case again Wednesday night at the Target Center in Minnesota when Luis Scola recorded only nine minutes of action in a 91-104 loss. He attempted just two shots, making one of them, scored two points and pulled in three rebounds.
Scola’s recent slump can be blamed on a nagging right (shooting) elbow injury in which team officials have not elaborated on. Nothing has been made of the injury except for a dip in Scola’s offensive production. This is certainly something to keep an eye on as Scola plays a pivotal role on the Indiana Pacers’ second unit.
Seldom-used third-stringer Chris Copeland was inserted into the game in Scola’s place in the third period, providing a nice spark offensively with six points in 10 minutes.
Throughout the season, Luis Scola has lived up to Indiana’s expectations. They wanted Scola to come in willing to be a part of the second unit; Scola had been a starter the majority of his NBA career.
Buying into the Pacers’ philosophy and accepting his role on the team has been a pleasure to head coach Frank Vogel and team president Larry Bird. Both figures respect Scola’s game and appreciate his efforts on and off the court.
It is unknown the severity of the injury, although Luis Scola has continued to battle through it. Also unclear is whether or not Scola will need to miss any game action.
More information to come as we receive it.