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Pacers on Timing for Glenn Robinson III's Return

Feb. 6, 2018 - The Pacers revealed their plan for Glenn Robinson III to make his season debut after the upcoming All-Star Break. Robinson has been rehabbing from left ankle surgery and played in two rehab games last week with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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Pacers on Timing for Glenn Robinson III's Return

Feb. 6, 2018 - The Pacers revealed their plan for Glenn Robinson III to make his season debut after the upcoming All-Star Break. Robinson has been rehabbing from left ankle surgery and played in two rehab games last week with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Feb 6, 2018  |  02:42

Game Preview: Pacers at Pelicans

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET at Smoothie King Center
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Last Updated: Feb. 7 at 7:39 PM ET

Matchup

The Pacers begin a two-game road trip on Wednesday, opening up against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Just recently, the Pelicans were looking like an ascendent team in the Western Conference, as DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis appeared to have things clicking.

But in the closing moments of a win over the Rockets, Cousins suffered a left achilles rupture, leaving him out for the remainder of the season.

Since the loss of their All-Star forward, the Pelicans have gone 1-4, with three of the losses being at their home arena, the Smoothie King Center.

For the Pacers, injury and illness seemed to play a role in their most recent game, a 111-102 loss to the Washington Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Hours before the tip, it was announced the Darren Collison would miss two to three weeks with arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. In addition to Collison, Indiana's All-Star guard Victor Oladipo was ruled out with illness.

Down a starting backcourt, the Pacers' offense appeared disjointed, struggling to execute offensively as the red-hot Wizards controlled the game for the majority of the night.

Without Oladipo, the Pacers are 0-6 on the season.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Cory Joseph, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Pelicans: PG - Rajon Rondo, SG - Jrue Holiday, SF - Etwaun Moore, PF - Nikola Mirotic, C - Anthony Davis

Injury Report

Pacers: TJ Leaf - out (sore left calf), Darren Collison - out (left knee surgery), Glenn Robinson III - out (left ankle surgery rehab), Victor Oladipo - will play (illness)

Pelicans: Alex Ajinca - out (right knee injury), DeMarcus Cousins - out (left achilles rupture), Solomon Hill - out (left hamstring tear), Frank Jackson - out (right foot fracture)

Last Meeting

November 7, 2017: Despite leading by double digits at home, the Pacers ended up falling 117-112 to the New Orleans Pelicans.

In the 12th game of the season, Indiana's offense experience an explosive first half, piling up 75 points to build a 14-point edge.

But in the second half, it was a different story as the resurgent Pelicans rallied back in the game, outscoring the Pacers 35-19 in the third quarter.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have won 12 of the last 15 matchups with the Pelicans.
  • Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore attended Purdue University (2007-2011.
  • Solomon Hill of the Pelicans was a member of the Pacers from 2013-2016.

Tickets

After a two-game road trip, the Pacers return home for a Hickory matchup with the New York Knicks. The action tips off on Sunday at 5:00 PM ET. The Pacers will honor the legendary coach Tony Hinkle at halftime. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Away Game Night Special

Pacers Plaid Pants - $14. Game Night Specials can be purchased online the day of each away game from 10:00 AM - Midnight. Order Online »