NBA Rumor: Domantas Sabonis Injury

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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 out indefinitely

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.

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.”
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