Sabonis said Tuesday that he's fully healthy after battling a foot injury at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
Sabonis joined the Pacers in the Orlando bubble, but he was dealing with plantar fasciitis and eventually departed the bubble to seek treatment. The Pacers haven't said much about the injury over the last few months, but it appears Sabonis is back to full health and will be ready when the season tips off later this month. The fifth-year big man is coming off of the best season of his career. In 62 games, he averaged 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and shot 54.0 percent from the field while making his first All-Star Game appearance.
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.
Sabonis (foot) is leaving the Orlando bubble to seek treatment from a specialist regarding his plantar fasciitis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Word first emerged Monday that Sabonis was dealing with a foot injury when coach Nate McMillan noted that the big man hadn't been able to put any weight on his foot over the prior two-to-three days. He hasn't been able to do anything since then, and it become apparent recently that the injury could put his status for the restart in jeopardy. It's unclear how long Sabonis will be outside of the bubble, but at this point, it seems unlikely he'll be back and ready in time for the Pacers' first seeding game Aug. 1 against the 76ers.
Sabonis (foot) will not scrimmage Thursday against the Trail Blazers, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
Considering it's been a week since Sabonis has touched a basketball, this news is expected. At this point, it seems like his plantar fasciitis may cut into his availability for the Pacers' seeding games, which begin Aug. 1 against the 76ers.
Sabonis (foot), who hasn't touched a basketball in six days, is considered day-to-day, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
The information coming out of Pacers camp regarding Sabonis' plantar fasciitis isn't encouraging. It's been almost a week since he's been able to do anything with a ball, and Indiana's first seeding game is Aug. 1 against the 76ers. While Sabonis still has some time to recover, he should certainly be considered questionable for that contest until there's more information.
Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said Monday that Sabonis hasn't been able to put any weight on his foot for the past 2-to-3 days after experiencing plantar fasciitis, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Per Joe Vardon of The Athletic, McMillan confirmed that Sabonis would at least miss the Pacers' first exhibition in Orlando on Thursday versus the Trail Blazers. The fact that Sabonis isn't able to put weight on the foot is particularly worrisome, and it's possible that the big man's effectiveness could be diminished even if he's able to play through the issue when the Pacers resume their regular season Aug. 1 versus the 76ers. Myles Turner would likely benefit from more rebounding and shot opportunities if Sabonis is sidelined during the season restart, but Turner missed practice Monday while dealing with general soreness and is also set to sit out Thursday's exhibition, per Tony East of West Indianapolis Community News.
Sabonis went off for 28 points (13-23 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 41 minutes during Tuesday's 114-111 loss to the Celtics.
Sabonis helped lead an impressive comeback attempt that fell just short, and he came awfully close to logging another triple-double. He already has more double-doubles (50) and triple-doubles (four) in this season alone than he did through his first three campaigns combined (47 double-doubles, zero triple-doubles).
Sabonis tallied 20 points (8-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 17 rebounds, six assists and a steal in 41 minutes during Sunday's win over the Mavericks.
Sabonis, whose 17 boards marked his best night on the glass since Dec. 23, led the Pacers in both points and rebounds during Sunday's close win. Moreover, he notched his 50th double-double of the season, continuing his excellent season. Through 61 games, the fourth-year center is averaging 18.3 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 34.7 minutes per game, all of which are career bests.
Sabonis accumulated 24 points (10-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 36 minutes Friday, as the Pacers beat the Bulls 108-102
Recording his 49th double-double of the season, Sabonis anchored the Pacers on a night when Malcolm Brogdon (hip), Doug McDermott (toe) and T.J. Warren (leg) were all missing. Sabonis had been 10-of-27 in his prior two contests, but was quite effective Friday. He did, however, cough up seven turnovers, though that can likely be attributed to the absence of several key ball handlers.
Sabonis posted 15 points (6-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds and seven assists across 37 minutes during Wednesday's 119-100 loss to the Bucks.
Fantasy owners in points leagues got a passable performance out of Sabonis, who stuffed the stat sheet. However, fantasy owners in leagues with emphases on efficiency and turnovers got a much worse performance out of Sabonis. While he got seven assists, he committed six turnovers and, while he got 15 points, it took him 16 shots. Still, Sabonis has played well overall lately. He's double-doubled in seven straight games, averaging 18.0 points on 13.7 shots, plus 12.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists across this stretch.
Sabonis posted 14 points (4-10 FG, 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes during Monday's 116-111 win at San Antonio.
The Lithuanian big man has been a stat-stuffing machine since the beginning of 2020. Since the calendar flipped to the new year, Sabonis is averaging 19.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game in 26 outings, while racking up 16 double-doubles and four triple-doubles during that stretch.
Sabonis registered 18 points (8-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one block in 42 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 win at Cleveland.
Sabonis was just one assist away from a triple-double for the second time in his last three outings, but the Lithuanian big man arguably had the best month of his career in February. The first-time All-Star ended February with averages of 19.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists while shooting 56.4 percent from the field in 12 games.
Sabonis accumulated 21 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 15 rebounds and nine assists across 31 minutes during Tuesday's 119-80 win over Charlotte.
Sabonis led the Pacers in scoring for the second game in a row, though his 14-point effort Sunday came with Indiana finding itself on the wrong end of a 127-81 loss to the Raptors. The Pacers nearly became the first team in NBA history to lose by 40 points and then win by 40 points in back-to-back games, but Charlotte kept things competitive enough in the fourth quarter to prevent that from happening. Logging a massive plus-39 during his time on the floor, Sabonis was one assist shy of his fifth triple-double of the season.
Sabonis notched 24 points (8-16 FG, 8-10 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 106-98 win at the Knicks.
Sabonis was averaging a double-double -- 17.6 points with 10.8 rebounds -- in his last five games before the All-Star break, and he seems to have picked it up right where he left off. The Lithuanian big man is having a strong February with 20.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, including three double-doubles and two triple-doubles during that eight-game span.
Sabonis collected two points (0-1 FG, 2-4 FT) and six rebounds in 19 minutes during Sunday's 157-155 All-Star Game victory over Team Giannis.
Sabonis came off the bench in his All-Star debut and struggled to make an impact. Still, this was certainly a career highlight for Sabonis, who seemed a long way from being an All-Star only two short years ago. Basically a throw-in as part of the Paul George/Victor Oladipo trade, Sabonis has turned into arguably the Pacers' most consistent player. He's been a top-50 player this year and has even managed to secure multiple triple-doubles. Sabonus should continue to put up strong numbers as the Pacers battle for a top-four playoff spot in the East.
Sabonis racked up 23 points (11-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds and one steal in 38 minutes during Monday's 106-105 loss to the Nets.
Sabonis recorded his fourth triple-double and 41st double-double through 51 appearances this season. All four of his career triple-doubles have taken place in the last 12 games. Moreover, after posting 47 double-doubles through his first three seasons, Sabonis seems set to surpass that total in this season alone before long.
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