The Indiana team that made an appearance at TD Garden Friday hardly resembled the group that was expected to compete among the NBA elite for years. George has a broken leg. Lance Stephenson was brought to Charlotte by Michael Jordan. George Hill is out until December with a bruised left knee. C.J. Watson has a bruised right foot. And David West is beginning to make some basketball moves on his sprained right ankle but is out for another two weeks.
The Pacers’ franchise goals have shifted dramatically in the past three months. They might have had a chance to compete without Stephenson, but the loss of George was monumental, and then the Pacers were besieged with nagging injuries that make competing for a playoff spot a chore.
“Nobody is feeling sorry for us and we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re coming close to some victories but we’ve got to squeeze some out. I’m a patient guy in any situation, whether it be the team that’s competing for the best record in the East or the team that’s really banged up like this, you have to have patience. You have to have a teaching mentality, an improving mentality, and get the best out of whatever group you have.”
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Report: Avery Bradley Out with Sports Hernia
LA Clippers guard Avery Bradley has a sports hernia and won’t play Thursday against the Golden State Warriors, head coach Doc Rivers said.
Bradley will be evaluated by doctors, Rivers told reporters.
The Detroit Pistons traded Bradley in January as part of the Blake Griffin trade.
Bradley is averaging 14.3 points and two assists per game this season.