The Indiana Pacers injury report has some big names on it ahead of their Friday night game against the Detroit Pistons. Tyrese Haliburton, Aaron Nesmith, and Andrew Nembhard are all listed. All three are questionable to play.
Haliburton is dealing with a right wrist sprain, as is Nesmith, and Nembhard is questionable due to low back spasms.
Indiana’s game against Detroit will be their fourth and final In-Season Tournament group play contest, though it is completely irrelevant for both teams.
The Pacers have already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, having won their group, while the Pistons are already mathematically eliminated from the tournament.
That said, it is still a regular season game, and not having Haliburton would put a serious damper on the Pacers’ chances to win. The All-Star point guard has only missed one game this season, and it resulted in a 51-point blowout loss to the Boston Celtics.
On top of that, Nembhard being out would mean the Pacers’ would be without their go-to choice to replace Haliburton at the starting point guard spot. In all likelihood, TJ McConnell would fill the role should both players miss the game.
As for the Pistons, they are also dealing with a few injuries ahead of the Friday night contest. Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Harris, and Monte Morris are all out for the Pistons.
Bogdanovic is dealing with a right calf strain, Harris has a right shoulder sprain, and Morris has a right quadriceps strain. Harris has only appeared in seven games this year, while the other two have yet to play for the Pistons this season.
Detroit has been going through some serious struggles as a team. They have lost 12 games in a row after a 2-1 start to the season, bringing their record to just 2-13 on the year.
Meanwhile, the Pacers have won five of their last eight, but they have also lost three of their last five. They will be looking to bounce back after a crushing one-point loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
Whether or not Haliburton will play is yet to be seen, but his status will have a major impact on the Pacers’ chances against the desperate Pistons.