Rodney Stuckey Injury: Updates on Pacers Guard's Foot and Return

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey (2) is seen during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey was hampered by a foot injury suffered on Jan. 12 against the Phoenix Suns. However, he has been cleared to return to the lineup.

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Stuckey Active vs. Hornets

Friday, Feb. 26

Stuckey scored four points in 12 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Stuckey Valuable Energy Source for Pacers 

Stuckey has been a spark plug since entering the NBA with the Detroit Pistons in 2007, and he continues to be the type of player capable of taking over games from a scoring perspective at the drop of a hat.

Last season was Stuckey's first with the Pacers, and it was among his best, as he averaged 12.6 points, 3.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game to go along with career bests in field-goal percentage and three-point shooting percentage at 44 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

Stuckey has built upon that performance so far this season, and he has become a fan favorite in Indiana in the process.

The volatile and exciting player wore out his welcome in Detroit to some degree, but after re-signing Stuckey this past summer, Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird had nothing but great things to say about him, per Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

"You hear things but last year, (Stuckey) was as professional as anyone I've ever been around," Bird said. "He was great. He's a winner. He comes to play. He plays hurt. He's a good player and that's the kind of guys I want on my team."

Bird's contention that Stuckey plays through injuries is somewhat backed up by the fact that he has played in at least 70 games in a season six times, including each of the past three years. He has never played in all 82 regular-season games in a single campaign, however.

Stuckey is often dealing with nagging ailments, and that has already been the case in 2015-16, as he suffered a sprained ankle in a Nov. 6 contest against the Miami Heat.



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