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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pacers Injury Update: Roy Hibbert is considered 'doubtful' for tonight's game vs. the Spurs

By on 11/26/2014 04:20:00 PM

Indiana Pacers starting center Roy Hibbert will likely miss tonight's game against the Spurs, the second straight contest he'll watch from the bench. Hibbert sprained his left ankle on the 22nd during a game versus the Suns and after leaving the game just seven minutes in, has not seen the court since.
The injury initially did not look too serious, however now it appears the center will miss about a week due to the sprain. The 7'2" big man from Georgetown is having a career year, posting career highs in points per game, blocks per game, and free throw percentage. He has taken a bigger role in the Indiana offense because of the injury to Paul George and the loss of Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets. To make matters worse for the Pacers starting power forward David West has missed the entire season thus far, however figures to return to the Indiana lineup as soon as this Friday against the Orlando Magic.

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Veteran Luis Scola has played well at power forward in West's absence, while Ian Mahinmi got the start at center during the Pacers' last game. Mahinmi scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 28 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks, however did not provide the same effect on the defensive side of the ball that Hibbert supplies. Hibbert is expected to return for Indiana within the next week.

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