Smith (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Nets. Smith will miss back-to-back games to end the regular season. Across 22 appearances with the Pacers this season, the second-year big man has averaged 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 24.7 minutes per game.
Smith (groin) will not play in Saturday's matchup against the 76ers, James Boyd of The Indianapolis Star reports. Smith had logged 20-plus minutes in five consecutive games before landing on the injury report ahead of Saturday's matchup. His absence means he will have just one more chance to suit up this year in the Pacers' regular-season finale versus the Nets on Sunday.
Smith is questionable for Saturday's contest against the 76ers due to left groin soreness. Smith has played 20-plus minutes in five straight games, so his potential absence could leave Indiana shorthanded against Joel Embiid. Goga Bitadze (foot) is also questionable, which leaves Isaiah Jackson, Oshae Brissett and Terry Taylor as the only healthy big man currently on Indiana's roster.
Smith contributed 19 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3PT, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in the 131-122 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday. With injuries to centers Myles Turner and Goga Bitadze, Smith has become a solid contributor for Indiana since the end of February. The second-year forward put up 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in March and has two games with 17-plus to start the month of April.
Smith chipped in 15 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds and three blocks over 30 minutes during Saturday's 131-91 loss to the Raptors. Smith returned to action Saturday following a two-game absence due to an illness. The second-year big man picked up right where he left off, scoring in double figures for a fifth consecutive appearance. He also blocked a team-high three shots, marking his second-highest total of the season. Across 10 contests in March, Smith has averaged 14.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game.
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