Pacers lose Isaiah Jackson to ankle sprain 10 seconds in, then double-digit lead and game to Magic
The Pacers had no centers available and lost to the Magic on Wednesday. Jackson suffered a right ankle sprain on the first possession.
Even before the list of injuries grew so long that the team needs two tweets to share the full update, Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said months ago that their margin of error was slim.
It got even slimmer just 10 seconds into their game against the Magic Wednesday night when rookie Isaiah Jackson, who started at center for the second connective game, suffered an injury shortly after jumping for tip-off.
On the very first possession, Jackson went up to contest a shot in the paint by Wendell Carter Jr. and his right foot landed on Carter Jr.’s right foot.
Look at his ankle in the photo above. That’s never good.
Jackson then fell on his backside and immediately clutched his right ankle, and the Pacers called timeout 22 seconds into the game so they could get Jackson out. He hobbled to the locker room after spraining his ankle and did not return to the bench.