Pacers doubt Robinson III will return before the playoffs

Glenn Robinson III continues to be reevaluated daily for a left calf strain but he remains out indefinitely. He started in 27 of 69 games this season but has missed nine games now, including Saturday’s tilt in Orlando, due to this calf strain.

It’s his first injury of the season that has caused him to miss a game.

When I asked coach Nate McMillan if he thought there was reason to believe he’ll be back before the regular-season finale Wednesday (Apr. 12), his answered suggested serious doubt.

“I really don’t know,” he said. “He hasn’t done anything on the floor so I really can’t say until he starts to have some type of activity on the floor.”

And once a player resumes on-court activities, they typically aren’t inserted into game action for at least a few days.

Late last month, the Pacers brought Lance Stephenson back and he’s not only provided a much-needed jolt of energy, but he’s also helped the second unit produce.

“I think Lance has done a really good job of fixing that second unit up,” Paul George said.

[LISTEN: Podcast with Glenn Robinson III]

Robinson, a third-year pro, has been in the rotation for the first time of his career. As a result, he’s averaging career-best numbers: 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game.

His last appearance was back on Mar. 22 in Boston, when he played just six minutes.

At 39-40, the Pacers are eighth in the Eastern Conference standings with a one-game lead on Miami. The Pacers, however, can secure a spot on their own — by winning out. They have three games remaining: at Orlando, at Philadelphia, and against Atlanta.

See Also: Robinson III rises to win slam dunk contest as Indiana kids own All-Star Saturday

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