Pacers coach Nate McMillan confirmed earlier in the summer that he intends on starting Sabonis at power forward in 2019-20, freelance sports writer Mark Montieth reports.
Indiana experimented with Sabonis alongside Myles Turner in the frontcourt last season, but typically not for prolonged stretches while Thaddeus Young handled the bulk of the minutes at power forward. With Young having since moved on to Chicago, however, the Pacers seem willing to give the Sabonis-Turner tandem a more extended trial, at least at the beginning of the upcoming campaign. The arrangement could create some spacing issues, but the threat Turner offers behind the arc could allow Sabonis to do most of his damage in the low post, just as he did in 2018-19 as a backup center. If that ends up being the case, Sabonis may not be in line for a dramatic reduction in the career-best 59 percent mark from the field he posted a season ago.
Sabonis (ankle) has been upgraded to available to play for Wednesday's regular season finale against the Hawks.
Sabonis was among the group of key players that was initially listed as out for Wednesday's game, but the latest injury report shows the big man as available. However, given that this is still a meaningless game for the Pacers, Sabonis likely won't take on a full workload Wednesday night.
Sabonis will sit out Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
The Pacers are resting key players Wednesday, and Sabonis is no exception. In his place, Doug McDermott, T.J. Leaf and Kyle O'Quinn should see extra minutes.
Sabonis finished with 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, and three assists over 31 minutes in the Pacers' loss to the Nets on Sunday.
Sabonis turned in a solid performance on Sunday, scoring an efficient 17 points and pulling down 12 boards. It was his third double-double in the last four games.
Sabonis registered 15 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 27 minutes Wednesday against the Pistons.
Sabonis knocked down 58.3 percent of his field goals and secured his second consecutive double-double in a 108-89 victory. The 22-year-old continues to be a valuable reserve for the Pacers and will need to post solid contributions in the postseason if the Pacers expect to make it out of the First Round.
Sabonis contributed 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes during Monday's win over Detroit.
Although he wasn't able to add anything on the defensive end, Sabonis provided his usual efficient offense while generating his fourth double-double in his past seven games. Sabonis has emerged as one of the best sixth men in the NBA during his third season. In just 24.8 minutes per game across 70 appearances, the Gonzaga product is averaging 14.0 points, 9.2 rbounds and 2.9 assists per game -- all of which are career-highs.
Sabonis scored 18 points (8-13 FG, 2-5 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, two assists and a block in 31 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Thunder.
It's his fourth straight game with double-digit boards, while Sabonis' 18 points was more than the rest of the Pacers bench combined. The third-year big has been one of the best sixth men in the league all season, and he should remain productive over the final seven games as Indiana tries to stay ahead of Boston for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Sabonis scored 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding 13 rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 124-88 win over the Nuggets.
The Pacers' sixth man continues to have a breakout campaign -- his 26 double-doubles on the season are nearly double the career-high 15 he managed last year. Sabonis' role can make him a volatile fantasy option on a game-to-game basis, but his overall production in season-long leagues has been strong.
Sabonis ended with 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-3 FT), 16 rebounds, and six assists in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 loss to the Clippers.
Sabonis bounced back after a mediocre effort Monday, finishing with 13 points and 16 rebounds in 28 minutes. He saw more action that Myles Turner in this one and got things back on track with a performance in line with what he has been doing all season. The lack of defensive numbers are an ongoing trend, however, his ability to rebound at a high rate and hit the majority of his shots more than makeup for that.
Sabonis produced just seven points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 26 minutes during Monday's 106-98 loss to Portland.
Sabonis was ineffective Monday, finishing the game with just seven points in 26 minutes. It was his lowest scoring game in more than six weeks and came at the worst possible time for owners entrenched in their fantasy playoffs. He is generally much better than this and will look to bounce back Tuesday when the Pacers travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers.
Sabonis said Monday that his left ankle is very sore after playing Sunday for the first time since Feb. 25, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
Sabonis said he expected the soreness after playing 20 minutes in Sunday's game, so this isn't particularly alarming. However, it is worth monitoring in advance of the Pacers' next game Tuesday against the Knicks.
Sabonis made his return to action Sunday against the Sixers, scoring nine points (1-7 FG, 7-12 FT) to go with six rebounds and six assists.
Sabonis missed the previous five games with an ankle injury, and while he looked a little rusty, he was able to get to the line 12 times, while adding his usual contributions on the glass. The Gonzaga product will maintain his role as the Pacers' first big man off the bench down the stretch, and he'll be in the conversation for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Sabonis (ankle) will play Sunday against the 76ers, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
Sabonis went through a full practice Saturday, and he'll make his return Sunday after missing the previous five contests. Prior to the injury, Sabonis had averaged 13.8 points, 9.4 boards and 2.6 assists in 24.9 minutes per game over his previous 10 contests.
Sabonis completed a full practice Saturday, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Sabonis, who's missed the past five games with a sprained left ankle, was able to complete a full practice and appears to be on track to return soon. While he'll remain questionable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, practicing was a positive step to recovery for the third-year center.
Sabonis (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 76ers, Akeem Glaspie of Indy Star Sports reports.
Sabonis has been out since Feb. 27 due to a sprained left ankle, but he may be able to make his return over the weekend. He could end up on a minutes restriction in his first game back. More information should arrive following morning team activities.
Sabonis (ankle) is expected to miss at least two more games, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
Sabonis has already missed the last three games since spraining his left ankle a week ago against Detroit, and coach Nate McMillan confirmed Tuesday that the big man still hasn't returned to practice. "Normally we try to get guys into a practice before they play, but it really depends on the schedule," McMillan said. "He hasn't done anything with the team, no activity. He hasn't been running." Given that information, it's highly unlikely that Sabonis will be back on the floor for Thursday's game in Milwaukee, and even Sunday's game in Philadelphia could be a stretch. So long as he remains out, expect Kyle O'Quinn to remain in the rotation, with Thad young and T.J. Leaf picking up slightly more minutes. "He's an integral part of what we do," Young said of Sabonis. "Rebounding-wise, he's by far our best rebounder. He goes out each and every night and can grab 10-plus rebounds, and that's definitely a key component of what we do and what we're missing because of his aggressive nature."
Sabonis (ankle) will remain out for Tuesday's game against the Bulls, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
Sabonis will miss a fourth straight game as he continues to nurse a sprained left ankle, and the fact that he's already been ruled out well in advance of Tuesday's game isn't exactly the most encouraging sign. The Gonzaga product's next chance to play arrives Thursday in Milwaukee.
Sabonis (ankle) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Magic.
As expected, given that he was in line to miss multiple games while recovering from a sprained left ankle, Sabonis will not dress for Saturday's game against Orlando. Fortunately for the Pacers, they don't play again until Tuesday, giving Sabonis an extra day off to recover. He should be considered questionable to return by then.
Sabonis (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's contest against Dallas and is expected to miss at least a few games, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Sabonis suffered a left ankle sprain during Monday's clash, and although he managed to avoid any structural damage, he is dealing with some swelling. He'll likely remain on the shelf at least until Saturday's matchup with Orlando if not longer.
Sabonis sprained his left ankle during Monday's game against Detroit.
The severity of the sprain has yet to be revealed, but coach Nate McMillan stated that more information will become known Tuesday. Sabonis still managed to put together a stellar performance, scoring 23 points (9-13 FG, 5-7 FT) while recording seven rebounds, two assists and a block over 26 minutes in Monday's 113-109 loss. If he's forced to miss an extended period of time, it would certainly be a key loss for the Pacers.
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