The Indiana Pacers announced the injury report for tonight’s game with the Detroit Pistons and there aren’t any surprises.
Solomon Hill (sprained left ankle) and Joe Young (sore right groin) are out. Monta Ellis is listed as doubtful (sprained right knee) and George Hill is questionable (blonde hair, sprained right ankle).
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On a positive note, we may get to see Chase Budinger (right hamstring) tonight for the first time in a Pacers uniform. He isn’t listed on the injury report and he said yesterday he hoped to play. Nate Taylor of the Indy Star said it didn’t look like his hamstring was bothering him yesterday.
At no point did Budinger’s right hamstring, a nagging injury that forced him to miss the previous three preseason games, bother him. Now, the next step for him is play in Tuesday’s exhibition against the Detroit Pistons (7 p.m.).
“I hope so; that’s the plan,” Budinger said of playing in his first game as Pacer. He added: “I’m excited. It’s a great group of guys and they’re very talented. I think I will fit in well with them. I can’t wait to get out there on the court and get that chemistry going with them.”
There is no need to panic about any of the injuries though the Pacers will likely rest Ellis and George Hill because why risk it? They have plenty of players on the roster anyway that need evaluated as well and now is a good of time as any.
I don’t think we’ll need to update the Random Injury Generator from last season quite yet. Last year the Pacers missed over 200 games due to injury. Most of those belonged to Paul George but Indiana started the season without David West or George Hill either. Hopefully last year was an outlier on what has usually been a healthy Indiana Pacers roster.