David West Out Tonight in Cleveland
Update – 5:15 PM EST: The Pacers announce that David West will miss tonight’s game due to a lower back sprain.
David West may not be available tonight in Cleveland. The 6-9, 250 lb. forward sustained a lower back sprain in Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia and has been declared a game-time decision.
West briefly went back to the locker room during Saturday’s game, but then returned and finished the game. He played in the entire fourth quarter.
Should West not be able to go, Tyler Hansbrough will start and Jeff Pendergraph would back him up. The Pacers, losers in two-straight and four of their last six games, look to get back on track tonight against the Cavs (22-44).
West has only missed one game in his almost two seasons with the Pacers. He sat out Feb. 13th’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats with a scratched left eye. That night, Hansbrough was elevated to the starting lineup and finished with a season-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.
West, the backbone of the Pacers, is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season.