Domantas Sabonis is gone from the Indiana Pacers, and it’s not clear when — or if — he’ll be back for the NBA restart in Orlando. “He’s been sore. There’s a bruise there,” coach Nate McMillan said of Sabonis, who hadn’t practiced in seven days because of plantar fasciitis, a soft tissue flare-up in his left foot. “Right how he is out indefinitely. We’ll see how he feels in another week or two and really make our decision then. “He went to Los Angeles and he felt there’s some treatment he could get that could help him. That was his reason for leaving.” The Pacers play their second scrimmage Sunday vs. the Dallas Mavericks in the “bubble” at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex.
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis will visit a specialist to further evaluate his left foot injury and recommend the best course of action, per league sources.
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis will leave the NBA campus in Orlando to receive medical treatment for plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Sabonis' availability to return to the campus in Orlando is yet to be determined.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana's Domantas Sabonis has a signficant foot injury and will leave the Orlando bubble to seek treatment from a specialist, sources tell ESPN.
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis (plantar fasciitis) had an issue with his foot with he left Indy. Had an MRI. “6 days, I haven’t touched the ball.... there’s no timetable to return” #Pacers
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan says Sabonis isn't putting any weight on his foot for the past 2-3 days. Plantar fasciitis flare up #Pacers
Last week, I passed along how the Pacers were informed that Domantas Sabonis could not hurt his left knee anymore but would have to play through pain in the meantime. Many were upset with that strategy and wanted to see Sabonis take it easy. We’ve seen other guys play through injuries, and it often leads to something else, sometimes something worse. So I went to Sabonis to get the full story. Many players hate discussing injuries; they’d rather talk about almost anything else. Sabonis, though, opened up and shared what he had learned.
“I’ve been told it’s a bone bruise, so there’s swelling in the bone that all doctors say it can’t get worse unless you get hit in that same spot,” he said. Sabonis was evaluated by the team doctor, and then his representatives also had him checked out by two additional specialists, which is normal. And all three doctors were in agreement: It’s simply a bone bruise and he’s not subject to additional risk by continuing to play on it.
“It’s the same thing if I get hit in my healthy knee,” Sabonis said, pointing to his right knee. “There’s the same chance. It’s not a muscle or anything, so by doing more stuff, you can’t technically get it worse.” Sabonis tried the rest thing. He strategically didn’t do much on it for three days. He didn’t practice before their game in Chicago on Jan. 10 and didn’t play in the game, and the team had the following day off. “Not even ice helps it,” he said. “You can’t really put anything on it. It just has to heal.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis (left calf) is OUT and Turner (right ankle) remains OUT tonight. Sampson and Bitadze will start again #PacersHornets
KC Johnson: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Domantas Sabonis, who didn’t practice Saturday with a calf contusion, will NOT play vs. Bulls. Pacers already are without Myles Turner and obviously Oladipo.
Scott Agness: The flu is going around the locker room. Myles Turner became the third different Pacer to miss practice time. Domantas Sabonis collided with Aaron Holiday during a scrimmage and had his leg looked at, but he appears fine.
Scott Agness: Sabonis (left ankle sprain) remains out. He received treatment while his teammates shot around, then did some live-action work on the floor. pic.twitter.com/CRamJqAHPg
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis still hasn’t practiced since spraining his left ankle in Detroit and has been ruled out for tomorrow vs Chicago.
Eddie Sefko: Pacers report that Domantas Sabonis is out Wednesday against Mavericks with sprained ankle. Tyreke Evans iffy with stomach issues.
Jim Ayello: Sabonis said he weighed himself this morning and is still 7-8 pounds below his normal playing weight. Food poisoning sucks.
Mark Montieth: Nate McMillan says it was the shrimp in Orlando that made him and @Domantas Sabonis ill. McMillan nearly didn't make the game last night. Sabonis is a game-time decision. No truth to the rumor that @Kyle O'Quinn ws the one who recommended the shrimp to Sabonis.
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis is IN tonight. Not surprising given he was out here this time working out #PacersKings
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis will NOT play tonight in Orlando due to food poisoning. You know it must be bad if it’s keeping him out. That will open up minutes for Kyle O’Quinn, who spent his first three years with the Magic.
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis (sick) is questionable for tonight. There was just an optional shoot around this morning. Oladipo (knee) who is still OUT was participating fwiw #PacersMagic
J. Michael Falgoust: Turner (ankle) is OUT and Sabonis (ankle) is IN for tonight's game and the likely starter. That pushes O'Quinn into the 1st center off the bench role #PacersSpurs
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan says knee to knee contact with Giannis caused Sabonis’ to “stiffen up” overnight so O’Quinn is the backup 5 tonight. Leaf (ankle) remains out #NetsPacers
Scott Agness: Pacers center Domantas Sabonis won’t play tonight. Nets without DeMarre Carroll, Alan Williams, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham.
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis twisted his left ankle pretty good during pre-game shooting. McMillan hopeful that he’ll be able to play on four-game road trip.
Domantas Sabonis suffered a left ankle sprain Tuesday night in Philadelphia and X-rays were negative, according to Pacers head coach Nate McMillan. Sabonis went back to the locker room and did not return to the floor.
Scott Agness: Nate McMillan wasn’t sure whether Sabonis (right calf) would travel to Detroit. He’s day-to-day, like all of us.
Domantas Sabonis posted a video to his Twitter account last week that showed the Thunder rookie unpacking a new mattress in Oklahoma City. Also in the video: A fat bandage around his left index finger. On Monday, Sabonis told The Oklahoman he cut his finger while lifting weights. The cut required stitches, but Sabonis said he'll be ready for the start of training camp on Saturday.
August 4, 2021 | 7:30 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent guard Saben Lee is returning to the Detroit Pistons on a three-year deal, source tells ESPN.
The state Department of Health Services reported that 491 people with confirmed or probable cases said they had attended the Deer District or Bucks game “during their exposure or infectious periods” but the department could not say definitively that they caught the virus while viewing the game downtown or elsewhere. The department also said the figure was likely an undercount. “We anticipated an increase in positive cases due to the delta variant but 155% increase in one week is distressing,”Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said.
August 4, 2021 | 7:25 pm EDT Update
Sources tell cleveland.com, along with their well-documented hunt for a shooting wing, including recent discussions about a sign-and-trade for restricted free agent swingman Josh Hart, the Cavs are currently exploring the free agent point guard market in hopes of adding a third guard to play behind starter Darius Garland and backup Rubio. The Cavs have looked into the possibility of Raul Neto and Brad Wanamaker, sources say.
Fred Katz: One thing worth noting: The Wizards are far too close to the luxury tax after making the Dinwiddie trade to use the midlevel exception now. They can try another trade to get under it. They still have roster imbalace they may want to fix. But they may have to do it in other ways.
Fred Katz: The Wizards have annouced their summer league roster, which includes Corey Kispert, Caleb Homesley, Isaiah Todd, Cassius Winston and blast-from-the-past Issuf Sanon. Deni Avdija, who is recovering from a fibula fracture, is not on the roster.