Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Jefferson (ankle) will be out for at least "a few days," Pat Boylan of FOX Sports Indiana reports. The Pacers are set to play a back-to-back set Tuesday against the Grizzlies and Wednesday against the Grizzlies, and it appears likely that Jefferson will miss both of those games given that he's still in a walking boot and on crutches. For however long beyond those two games Jefferson remains sidelined, Rakeem Christmas is expected to step in as the primary backup to starting center Myles Turner.
X-rays on Jefferson's left ankle came back negative following Sunday's 107-94 victory over the 76ers, Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star reports. The big man was taken off the court in a wheelchair Sunday and diagnosed with an ankle sprain, but appears to have avoided any structural damage. Jefferson is a crucial part of the Pacers' rotation, contributing 8.1 points and 4,2 rebounds across 14.1 minutes per game this season. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's matchup against the Timberwolves until the Pacers provide an update.
Jefferson won't return to Sunday's game against the 76ers after suffering a left ankle sprain, Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star reports. Before exiting the game, Jefferson finished with 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and one steal across 11 minutes. After suffering the injury, he had to be helped up by his teammates and was taken off the floor in a wheelchair. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves until further notice.
Jefferson (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 87-81 loss to the Knicks on Tuesday. For the second straight game, Jefferson didn't leave the bench, as coach Nate McMillan stuck with Rakeem Christmas as the primary backup to starting center Myles Turner. Considering Jefferson shot just 36.4 percent from the field over his previous four appearances and doesn't bring much value on the defensive end, it wouldn't be surprising if Christmas enjoyed an extended run on the second unit at Jefferson's expense.
Jefferson (mouth) will play in Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star reports. Jefferson has missed the last three weeks due to an emergency dental procedure, but the big man is good to make his return Wednesday. Jefferson will assume his role as Myles Turner's backup off the bench, but will still be limited in that role, as he hasn't played more than 20 minutes in a game since Dec. 26.
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