The Indiana Pacers' terrible luck with injury has continued into December with the news today that the already stretched Eastern Conference team has lost another member of their roster.
Prior to tip off on the 2014-15 NBA season the franchise was already without its talisman in Paul George following the perennial All-Star's horrific broken leg suffered on Team USA duty in the summer.
And with several other Pacers having been missing from action over the first three months of the campaign today brought news that they will be without backup center Ian Mahinmi until well into the new year.
Mahinmi - who had until this point been one of just five Indiana players to have appeared in every one of the Pacers' 20 games - is expected to be out of action for between 6-8 weeks.
The team's official press release stated the center had suffered a torn plantar fascia in the first half of the Pacers' 102-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
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With the best prognosis putting a return for the Frenchman at mid-January it is another blow for the franchise as they look to mount a push for the playoff spots.The big man was averaging 4.9 points and 5.8 rebounds during his time on the court this season.
One man's opportunity
Mahinmi's injury also means added responsibility for starting center Roy Hibbert as well as an opportunity for the third man down the depth chart, Lavoy Allen.
Speaking today, Allen remained focussed on taking his opportunity.
""You've got to expect the unexpected. You've got to always be ready," said Allen. "I tell Shayne Whittington that all the time. You never know what's going to happen so just be ready to play every game."
In some respects this latest injury to hit the roster may actually allow Allen the game time he, and some fans, have been seeking.
Indeed, averaging 6.9 ppg and 7.4 rebounds, he has been in good form himself.
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