Sprained Ankle To Sideline Rush Two Weeks
January 27, 2011
Having slipped a notch in the rotation, Brandon Rush will be out of it entirely for the next couple of weeks.
Coach Jim O'Brien said after practice Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse he expected Rush to miss two weeks with a sprained right ankle. Rush, who limped out of the arena Thursday wearing a protective brace, injured the ankle late in the third quarter of the Pacers' 111-96 loss to the Magic Friday and did not return to the game.
The third-year guard from Kansas has struggled since an early surge, averaging 5.5 points on .407 shooting in the last six games and 8.5 points on .392 shooting in the last 17.
Overall, he is the Pacers' fifth-leading scorer (10.9) and most accurate 3-point shooter (.417).
Rookie Paul George had moved past Rush in the rotation, becoming the first wing off the bench, and has responded well. In Rush's absence, A.J. Price will pick up minutes at both guard positions off the bench.