The Indiana Pacers won their final home preseason game over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, but the health of their starting power forward became the main topic of discussion.
David West exited the game midway through the third quarter after spraining his ankle. The x-rays came back negative and head coach Frank Vogel could provide no timetable on how long West might be out.
West went up for a lay-up attempt at the 6:11 mark of the third quarter and landed awkwardly on his right ankle. He was unable to put any pressure on it and had to be helped off the floor by teammates. West is set to be reevaluated in the next day or two.
The Pacers have to hope West’s injury isn’t serious, as any extended time missed would almost certainly eliminate any chances of making the playoffs. West’s play on the court is obviously vital for the Pacers — he’s the team’s returning leading scorer after the injury to Paul George — but his presence off the court and in the locker room shouldn’t be understated.
As for the game itself, the Pacers struggled through much of the contest, but were able to use a late rally to win 98-93. The Mavericks played much of their backups throughout, while the Pacers rolled with normal rotations. Indiana turned the ball over 17 times with most of those coming in the first half. Chris Copeland scored 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting from 3, while Donald Sloan pitched in 15 points off the bench.
Brandon Curry is the Pacers beat writer for the Indiana Sports Report. Follow him on Twitter @B_Curry89.
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