Along with all that, the Pacers lost rookie Isaiah Jackson to a knee injury after Brogdon went down. But coach Rick Carlisle indicated that’s just the nature of the business, and the Pacers must find a way to carry on.
“It’s a tough spot. But the games are going to keep coming, and it’s next man up,” Carlisle told reporters.
Indiana (1-4) next pays a visit to Brooklyn on Friday, so things won’t be getting any easier.
“The Pacers cannot have their worst start ever — they were 0-9 to begin 1988-89 — but in only eight other seasons has their five-game record been as poor as 1-4,” wrote David Woods of the Indianapolis Star.
It is not known yet if LeVert will finally make his season debut on Friday. He has been out with a stress fracture in his back.
“I’m trusting the coaches and medical staff, but I’m ready to go,” LeVert said Wednesday.
Meawhile, Brogdon and the Pacers two-year contract extension worth $45 million last week, agent Austin Brown told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. He remains one of the league’s most underrated guards.