Updates from Sunday, Feb. 9
Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star has the latest on Lance Stephenson's injured back:
Lance Stephenson will be good to go tonight for the #Pacers— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 9, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Feb. 6
The Pacers Twitter account provided some good news regarding Lance Stephenson's back injury:
Lance Stephenson has a bruised lower back, and his status is day-to-day.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 6, 2014
Almost everything has gone right for the Indiana Pacers this season, but the Eastern Conference’s best team record-wise received some unwelcome news during its game against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Lance Stephenson, who was arguably one of the biggest snubs when the All-Star Game lineups were announced, left the contest with a sore back, per the Indiana Pacers' official Twitter page and Brooke Olzendam of Fox Sports Indiana:
.@brookeolzendam reports that Lance Stephenson has a sore lower back and is doubtful to return.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 5, 2014
Stephenson was playing well before exiting. He had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
On the season, Stephenson was posting nightly averages of 14.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists coming into the game. He has been one of the best all-around performers for the Pacers all season and will be needed in the second half of the year as the playoffs approach.
Look for Indiana, which has a multiple-game lead on the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference’s best record, to rest Stephenson until he is completely ready to return.