“Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis will be leaving the NBA Orlando campus to receive medical treatment for plantar fasciitis in his left foot,” the team statement said. “Sabonis’ availability to return to the Orlando campus has not yet been determined. Further updates will be provided as needed. “Sabonis had been battling plantar fasciitis and there was hope he would be ready for the team’s opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on August 1.”It will be day to day,” coach Nate McMillan said Wednesday, according to Ethan Sears of Indianapolis Star. “And we’re going to watch him and see how he feels and we’re basically making a decision not just on Domas, but all of our guys.” ”
Now it looks like the Pacers will be without their big All-Star man.
Sabonis has enjoyed a breakout season this year, averaging 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in 62 games.
Pacers goalie Victor Oladipo starred in the squad’s scrum on Thursday after initially deciding to retire from the rest of the season, but it’s still unclear if he’ll play in actual games next week. Oladipo has only played 13 games this year after suffering a serious knee injury the previous season.