NBA rumors: Domantas Sabonis to return after six-game absence

Tony East: Pacers injury report for tonight’s game against the Thunder: Myles Turner: OUT JaKarr Sampson: OUT TJ Warren: OUT Goga Bitadze: OUT Jeremy Lamb: OUT Malcolm Brogdon: OUT Domantas Sabonis: game-time decision Brogdon went through pre-game work but can’t go.

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Scott Agness: Pacers at OKC tonight, facing them for the second time in 11 days. JaKarr Sampson is out due to a concussion sustained from the Blake Griffin elbow. Sabonis, who has been out for two weeks with a sore back, has been upgraded to questionable — as is Brogdon, Bitadze and Lamb.
Tony East: Bjorkgren with some injury updates: Myles and Domas did not practice today. They did some work in the weight room. Lamb was 40% in practice. McDermott was in a full practice today. Bitadze shot a little bit, his ankle is getting better, but he didn't do much on court.
Scott Agness: Pacers center Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) will not play Wednesday against OKC. McDermott, Lamb and Bitadze are all questionable. The team had the day off.
Tom Orsborn: Updated Pacers injury report for tonight vs. Spurs: Doug McDermott - Available (left ankle) Domantas Sabonis - Out (lower back) Jeremy Lamb - Out (left knee) Myles Turner - Out (right toe) T.J. Warren - Out (left foot)
Scott Agness: Kevin Prtichard said Domantas Sabonis (plantar fasciitis) is doing well. “Over time, it tends to get better.” It’s currently under consideration whether Sabonis will play with the national team.
Sabonis left the bubble to deal with the same injury and remains away from Orlando. Coach Nate McMillan said Sunday there still isn't a timetable for his return. Warren's case is obviously milder. It's unclear whether he participated fully in practice Sunday, as McMillan said some players were limited.
J. Michael Falgoust: Nothing has changed on Sabonis (plantar fasciitis). The reason why there are no updates is b/c there aren't any #Pacers
When you first heard that Sabonis was out and definitely, what went through your mind? Myles Turner: Well, one of the first things that went through my mind was the fact that I’d be going back to playing the five. The five position is where I’ve become accustomed to being in this league. It’s where I’ve played my entire career. This year, I’ve had to play the four and spread on the perimeter a bit more. It was a little different for me because I wasn’t necessarily used to it in a sense. I could shoot the ball, but there’s a lot of other stuff that comes with playing the four position. Playing the five, you have the ball in your hands a lot more, you make a lot more decisions. You can get in more of a rhythm. I just knew I was going to have an opportunity to go back to my position and be able to step up and just play a more elevated role.
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.
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.
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.
Eddie Sefko: Pacers report that Domantas Sabonis is out Wednesday against Mavericks with sprained ankle. Tyreke Evans iffy with stomach issues.
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: Forgot to confirm Sabonis (back) is in #PacersKings
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.
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.
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