The Domantas Sabonis injury might sink the Pacers
Adrian Wojnarowski returned from a two-week suspension with a Domantas Sabonis injury bomb that very well may sink the Pacers for good inside the bubble.
According to Woj, the All-Star big man is leaving the bubble to get medical treatment for plantar fasciitis in his left foot. While Sabonis has been playing through injury and hopes to rejoin his teammates in Orlando, this injury could end his season.
This would be a major blow for a Pacers team already facing the possibility of not having Victor Oladipo active for the restart, but could potentially be a gain for the Celtics. Sabonis averaged 18.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and five assists this season for Indiana, which were all career-highs for the third-year big out of Gonzaga.
Boston will begin the restart three games behind the Raptors for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Assuming they’re unable to make up that ground on Toronto, the Celtics’ first-round playoff opponent would come down to either the Sixers or Pacers.
While the Celtics can certainly beat either team, the Pacers are certainly the more desirable matchup, especially if they don’t have Oladipo and Sabonis.
Indiana was already seemingly destined to finish the season as the sixth seed, as they face the league’s 14th hardest schedule inside the bubble while Philadelphia has the second easiest. Now, it’d be hard to imagine the Pacers sporting better record than the Sixers after every team players their eight seeding games.
So yes, this is bad news for the Sabonis, the Pacers and the NBA in general as his injury would kneecap a legitimate playoff team. But if you’re a Celtics fan, you have to feel good about them not having to go through Philly, Toronto and Milwaukee to get to the NBA Finals.
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