The injuries just keep piling up for the Indiana Pacers. Their latest blow came on Saturday night, when backup center Ian Mahinmi injured his left foot. On Sunday, the team announced in a press release that he had suffered a torn plantar fascia and will be sidelined 6-8 weeks.
This is yet another setback for the Pacers, who have been beset by injuries all season. After losing Paul George for likely the entire season to a leg injury over the summer, over half their roster has also missed time, including David West, C.J. Watson, C.J. Miles and Roy Hibbert. Starting point guard George Hill has yet to play in a game this season.
Mahinmi was one of only five players on the Pacers’ roster to appear in all 20 games this season (Indiana is 7-13 on the year). Now, he’ll be out almost two months. Just brutal for the Pacers.
Ian Mahinmi was forced out of FIBA World Cup action for France with a shoulder injury that was expected to sideline him for at least 2-3 months.
A week later, however, Mahinmi seems to believe that it wasn’t as serious as was first diagnosed, and that he’ll be back on the court in a matter of weeks.
From Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports:
“No surgery, no injections,” Mahinmi told VigilantSports.com Thursday. “So it’s not as bad as everybody thought it would be.
“Obviously there’s a healing process and then treatment, and then I have to get strength back in my shoulder. Then, I’m good to go.”
While Mahinmi did not provide a timetable, he hopes it will only keep him away from basketball activities for a few weeks.
The Pacers have enough problems, obviously, after losing Lance Stephenson in free agency, and Paul George to an injury that will force him to miss all of next season.
Mahinmi’s role on the team isn’t nearly as substantial, but he is a capable backup big man who can spell Roy Hibbert at times, and averaged 16.2 minutes per game last season.
The Pacers will take any good news at this point, and this is certainly that where Mahinmi’s status is concerned for next season.
France was already having a tough time of it this World Cup. The defending EuroBasket champions are without Tony Parker, Joakim Noah and a host of other key players from that tournament are taking this one off for France.
Now another blow: Center Ian Mahinmi has an injured shoulder and is out for the World Cup. Worse news for the Pacers is he could be out 2-3 months, which likely means most of training camp and likely into the start of the season.
Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports got confirmation of the news from the man himself.
“Yes, [the news is true],” Mahinmi wrote to VigilantSports.com early Friday. “I will be back in Indy sometime this week for (further) exam on my shoulder…”
Mahinmi felt a sharp pain in his left shoulder and then had an MRI later that afternoon, which revealed the injury was severe enough to keep him out of the FIBA World Cup, according to the French Federation of Basketball.
The Pacers have been some of the biggest supporters of their guys going out in international basketball, with former Team USA member and now Pacers president Larry Bird leading the way. But the Pacers have now lost Paul George (likely for the season) and now Mahinmi.
It’s already going to be a rough season for the Pacers. This doesn’t help matters any.
Mahinmi is a key rotation big man, coming in behind Roy Hibbert so the Pacers could use him. He’s had shoulder problems in the past, including at the end of last season. With this he’s not going to miss many if any games that matter, but it’s just another setback. But one the Pacers don’t need.