David West, starting power forward for the Indiana Pacers, is currently dealing with a lower back sprain. The injury, which seemed to become aggravated while West and the Pacers played against the Philadelphia 76ers last Sunday, has kept the former all-star out of the lineup for the last two games.
West is listed as day-to-day, and there is currently no time table for his return. The Pacers do not play again until Friday after having to battle through four games in five nights.
The Pacers have won both of their games without West this week, but these victories are no indication of how much the veteran forward means to this team. West is one of three Pacers players who could possibly be considered for the Most Improved Player of the Year this season.
On and off the court, West is a wise catalyst, and has been the glue that holds this otherwise young team together. If this lower back injury continues to bother West for the remainder of the season, then the change in fortunes for this team will be extremely evident very soon.
Aside from West and injured team captain Danny Granger, the average experience for the rest of the Indiana Pacers’ roster is right around three seasons as a pro. Not only does West bring wisdom and a calming presence to this young and feisty team, but he also helps to give Indiana an edge on the court. The Pacers are going to need to get David West back healthy, if they expect to stay successful.