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According to the NBA Injury Report, Jalen Smith (groin) has been ruled out Sunday vs. the Nets.
The Pacers will be missing several key veterans on Sunday for their final game of the season. Jalen Smith, Goga Bitadze, Malcolm Brogdon, and Chris Duarte will all be absent. With Kiefer Sykes getting recently waived, the Pacers will give extended minutes to Terry Taylor, Duane Washington, and Lance Stephenson off the bench.
As per the official NBA Injury Report, Pacers F Jalen Smith is considered questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Jalen Smith is nursing a sore left groin and his availability for Saturday's gamer is up in the air. Smith has scored 15+ points in four of his last six games and should be in line for another big game, if he plays. The Maryland product's scoring potential increases even more if Goga Bitadze (foot) is out again against the 76ers.
Jalen Smith came off the pine to rack up 19 points in 30 minutes. He shot 7-for-12 from the floor including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. The young forward added seven rebounds, two assists, a steal, and three blocks to his final stat line.
It was a strong performance from the second-year forward out of Maryland. Since joining the Pacers he has averaged a solid 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game in 22 outings giving the 22-year-old something to build on for next season.
Pacers F Jalen Smith contributed 15 points (5-15 FG, 2-8 3PT, 3-3 FT) to go with seven rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench in a 125-118 loss to Denver.
Jalen Smith notched double digits in scoring for the 16th time in 19 games since coming over from Phoenix via trade. The Maryland product is averaging 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds 1.0 blocks in 24.9 minutes across 19 games since joining Indiana via trade. Smith has gone from a fantasy afterthought who showed an occasional flash in Phoenix to a fantasy asset offering discount value in Indiana.
According to Pacers reporter Tony East, Jalen Smith (illness) a late scratch Wednesday vs. the Kings.
Smith, just 45 minutes prior to tip is a late scratch against the Kings. The veteran joins Malcolm Brogdon and Chris Duarte as out for the game. With a large number of minutes left to soak up in the rotation, Isaiah Jackson, Terry Taylor, Lance Stephenson, and Kiefer Sykes should all see their minutes increased.