Sabonis (foot) hasn't been able to engage in any basketball activities for the past six weeks, and there is "no expectation" that he'll rejoin the active roster if the Pacers remain in the postseason once he completes his quarantine period in Orlando, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Even though Sabonis reported back to the NBA bubble in Orlando on Saturday, he shouldn't be expected to play anytime soon, even if the Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. His plantar fasciitis issue is believed to be fairly serious, so he would have to make significant progress to even practice with the team, let alone compete in games. More information on Sabonis' recovery may become available once team doctors are able to continue assessing him.
Sabonis (foot) is scheduled to land in the NBA's bubble today and will immediately enter quarantine, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports. A potential Sabonis return would be dependent on the Pacers extending its series with the Heat long enough. Also, considering he would have to get his conditioning up to par, he would not likely see normal minutes until a potential Round 2. If Indiana does hang around long enough for the big man to clear quarantine, his return would most likely have the biggest impact on T.J. Warren's usage.
Sabonis (foot) remains out indefinitely, but the Pacers have not ruled him out for a return at some point in the postseason, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports. "We have no date [for Sabonis' return] right now confirmed," coach Nate McMillan said Wednesday. The team hasn't said much about Sabonis' recovery, but it doesn't sound as though he's overly close to getting back on the floor. The Pacers have fought their way to a 4-2 record in the NBA bubble without Sabonis, but the All-Star's absence will be felt when the competition picks up in the playoffs. Prior to the shutdown in March, Sabonis averaged 19.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists over his last 10 games.
Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said Sunday that Sabonis (foot) is "a ways away" from returning to game action, Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com reports. Sabonis still hasn't returned to the NBA bubble in Orlando after leaving more than a week ago to seek treatment for the plantar fasciitis he has been experiencing in his left foot, and the team has yet to offer a formal update on his condition. At this stage, Sabonis looks to be more week-to-week than day-to-day in his recovery from the injury, and it's entirely possible he won't be ready to make his debut in Orlando until the postseason, if at all.
Sabonis (foot) will not play Saturday against the 76ers. Sabonis left the bubble to seek treatment for plantar fasciitis, and he is yet to return. It's unclear when or if he'll rejoin the team in the bubble. In his stead, Myles Turner should see extra offensive responsibilities, while more minutes could go to the likes of Doug McDermott and JaKarr Sampson.
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