The Indiana Pacers are expected to be without Caris LeVert in their Play-In Tournament game against the Charlotte Hornets.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, LeVert will miss the game due to the league's health and safety protocols. With a timetable of 10-to-14 days, LeVert would likely be sidelined for multiple games if the Pacers advance.
Expected timetable for Caris LeVert in health and safety protocols: 10-to-14 days, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.https://t.co/L6i8tbWDwA https://t.co/f0hWNcjhC3- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 18, 2021
The Pacers are already expected to be short-handed against the Hornets. On Monday, the team announced that Malcolm Brogdon (right hamstring), Aaron Holiday (right toe), Edmond Sumner (left knee) and Domantas Sabonis (left quad) are questionable. Additionally, Jeremy Lamb (left knee), Myles Turner (right toe) and T.J. Warren (left foot) are out.
The Pacers acquired LeVert from the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team trade that involved the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this season. He appeared in 35 games with Indiana, averaging 20.7 points, 4.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals on 44.3 percent shooting from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point range.
LeVert closed the season on a strong note. He scored 30 or more points in four of his last 10 games and recorded four double-doubles, including a 35-point, 14-rebound, 8-assist outing in an overtime loss to the Washington Wizards.
If the Pacers defeat the Hornets on Tuesday, they will face the loser of the 7-8 matchup between the Boston Celtics and Wizards for an opportunity to earn the Eastern Conference's No. 8 seed. A loss to the Hornets, meanwhile, would end their season.
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