Halftime update: Jackson officially will not be returning to Wednesday’s game against the Magic.
Halftime update: The Pacers have shot 10-19 from behind the arc and are leading the Magic 67-53. Jackson has not entered the game again, and he’s likely going to be out for the rest of the contest if Indiana keeps up this lead.
The Indiana Pacers saw rookie center Isaiah Jackson go to the locker room 20 seconds into Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic. Jackson appeared to suffer a leg injury before exiting the contest. He is questionable to return to the game according to the team.
Oh no, Isaiah Jackson gets hurt on the first possession of the game. Subbed out with what looked like an ankle sprain with 11:38 left in the 1Q. Terry Taylor coming in.— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) February 3, 2022
Jackson went to the locker room. #Pacers
The Pacers are really thin in the frontcourt with Domantas Sabonis in health and safety protocols. Goga Bitadze and Myles Turner are sidelined as well, so Indiana might be looking at running Torrey Craig as a small-ball center for the night. Look for the Pacers to go small and shoot a lot of threes given this injury. That bodes well for players like Chris Duarte, Justin Holiday and Caris LeVert.
The Magic will likely take advantage of this by feeding Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr. and Franz Wagner on the interior. Let’s see if the Pacers can successfully navigate Jackson’s absence. If he’s out for a extended period of time, Craig will continue to have value in fantasy and DFS lineups.