Pacers Injury Updates on Nesmith, McConnell, Brown, Theis
An MRI on T.J. McConnell's right shoulder showed no serious injury. Plus, why Aaron Nesmith sat out of practice and more...
The Pacers are enjoying a brief downtime before resuming action Wednesday in New York City for their first of three games in four days.
They had Monday off, then practiced Tuesday at the St. Vincent Center before heading to the airport.
The best news is that point guard T.J. McConnell avoided an early scare. He exited Sunday’s win over the Hornets with 4:38 left in the third quarter, went straight to the locker room and did not return. He had immediately grabbed at his right shoulder after getting popped by center Mason Plumlee on a screen.
“I did an MRI the next day and they said it came back all good, just a little bit of swelling,” he said after practice. “Nothing serious.
“It didn’t feel like it, but once it calmed down, it’s been fine. The training staff did phenomenal work of getting be back there and treating it right away. I was pretty worried in the moment and am very thankful, very blessed that it’s nothing serious.”
McConnell was in full practice gear and participated “without issue,” according to head coach Rick Carlisle.
Added McConnell: “I missed enough games last year, I can play through a little bit of pain.”