Leaf (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason finale against the Bulls, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Leaf is simply dealing with some overall soreness and this is the last opportunity to give him a night off for rest before next week's regular-season opener. Once healthy, Leaf should provide depth in the frontcourt, but he'll likely struggle to provide fantasy utility unless the Pacers are dealing with some injuries.
Leaf is questionable for Wednesday's preseason finale against the Bulls due to a sore right calf.
There's no indication the injury is serious, though it's possible Leaf will get the game off for rest since Thaddeus Young (foot) is available to play for the first time this preseason. More information should arrive as the team continues to ramp up activities prior to tipoff.
Leaf had 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 110-100 preseason victory over the Rockets.
Leaf was given the nod as the starting power forward in place of the injured Thaddeus Young (foot) and played a whopping 33 minutes. He made the most of his opportunity recording a double-double while also chipping in a combined three defensive stats to go with four dimes. Seven of his boards came on the offensive end and he certainly looked much improved in comparison to last season. Elevated play like this could mean that he works his way into the rotation but he still remains a much deeper league option until he can find some consistent playing time.
Leaf will start at power forward in place of the injured Thaddeus Young (foot) during Thursday's preseason opener against the Rockets, J. Michael of IndyStar Sports reports.
Leaf saw spot run last season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.5 boards across 8.6 minutes in 53 appearances. He'll look to gain some valuable experience as a starter against a high-level Western Conference opponent.
Leaf was largely glued to the bench as a rookie last season, seeing action in 53 games and posting averages of 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds across 8.6 minutes. While the Pacers no longer have guys like Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson in the frontcourt, they did bring in the likes of Tyreke Evans, Doug McDermott and Kyle O'Quinn this offseason, so it seems unlikely that Leaf sees a drastic increase in his playing time during Year 2.
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