David Sloan was thrust into the backup point guard role on Wednesday when C.J. Watson missed the game with a sprained right elbow. He didn’t play well, and that was likely one factor in coach Frank Vogel again giving some point minutes to Evan Turner with the starting wings.
Well, we will either see more Sloan or more Turner-as-point guard tonight (or probably both) since C.J. also will miss tonight’s nationally televised (ESPN) contest with the Rockets, according to Scott Agness of Pacers.com.
Pacers backup point guard C.J. Watson to miss his second straight game due to a sprained right elbow.
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) March 7, 2014
As Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports notes, George Hill also isn’t 100% (shoulder woes that forced him to miss Indiana’s first two games of March), so the issue could be compounded, especially if Hill starts to feel more pain during the game.
No C.J. Watson tonight for @Pacers George Hill not 100% but, “gotta get out there and do what it takes to try to help this team win a game”
— Jeremiah Johnson (@JJFSINDIANA) March 7, 2014
And, oh yeah, Paul George noted his own sore back as one reason that he played so poorly against the Bobcats.
I doubt the Bulls, Lakers or Thunder have much sympathy, but it looks like the Pacers are starting to deal with a bit of unfamiliar territory. In the midst of one of their lowest moments of the season, they are also battling with injuries.