Indiana Pacers’ injured backup point guard C.J. Watson is expected to remain sidelined for at least the remainder of this week, according to Scott Agness of Pacers.com. Watson has missed six straight games and has not played significant minutes in 11 consecutive games.
Vogel said C.J. Watson (hamstring), who’s missed six straight games and 10 of 11, is “likely out all this week.” Don’t want it to linger.
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) March 25, 2014
While Watson remains in rehabilitation mode, the Pacers will continue to use different looks off the bench to replace Watson’s production. Though the results have largely been disappointing, third-stringer Donald Sloan and reserve wing Evan Turner have each spent some time handling the ball in Vogel’s offense during Watson’s absence. Starter Lance Stephenson has also stepped up to run the point at times.
Expect to continue to see Sloan for 10-15 minutes a game until Watson is fully recovered. Turner is still the No. 1 wing on Indiana’s second unit, but is also comfortable bringing the ball up the court because of his versatility. Turner was recently acquired via trade from Philadelphia.
According to Agness’ tweet, Vogel made it clear the team wants Watson back on the floor, but is not going to rush him back. More important is that Watson returns fully recovered and ready for the playoffs.
Bynum Still in Street Clothes
Since the Pacers defeated the Detroit Pistons, 112-104 in overtime, at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 15, reserve center Andrew Bynum has not suited up for a game and has been ruled out indefinitely.
Team officials, including Bynum himself, stated that the center’s right knee did not respond well after that game. Bynum also said he had lots of fluid drained from his knee, the most since the 2010 Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers.
I spoke with Agness concerning Bynum’s injury, and Agness said that the big man is “very much still around, receiving daily treatments.”
Since being acquired by the Pacers on February 1, Bynum has played just two games. He was effective in both, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, albeit given it is a small sample size. With no timetable to return, it is very likely Bynum could be out until the playoffs, when Indiana likely needs him the most.