Before playing in Philadelphia, C.J. Watson had missed four straight games with an elbow strain that was serious enough that it threatened to keep him sidelined against the 76ers, too. Fortunately, he was able to play but the bad news came when he strained his hamstring in the first half and didn’t return.
Scott Agness of Pacers.com speculates on the cause.
The injury may have occurred in the middle of the second quarter. After draining his first shot, a 3-pointer from the right arc, Watson winced all the down the floor. Now, that may have been due to pain in his sprained right elbow, an injury that kept him out the previous four games. He didn’t return to the court in the second half.
Now nursing two injuries, Watson will sit tonight against the Pistons in Detroit.
Worse still for Frank Vogel’s rotation planning, Donald Sloan is out tonight as well (personal reasons), according to Agness. That leaves George Hill as the only point guard on the roster. So expect to see Evan Turner and/or Lance Stephenson playing some point guard.
With the team playing on the second night of a road/road back-to-back, this certainly won’t help the team get back on track. But at least it’s only the Pistons.