The Indiana Pacers (34-38) ended their regular season with a 125-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors (27-45).
The victory officially sealed the Pacers as the ninth place in the Eastern Conference. They will host the Charlotte Hornets for the first game played against the Washington Wizards 115-110 on Sunday.
“We haven’t seen Charlotte here in a while, but they’ve played basketball all year,” said Nate Bjorkgren after the game, when they didn’t know who they would face.
During Sunday’s game, the Pacers did not have Malcolm Brogdon for the tenth straight game, but he is almost back, according to Bjorkgren.
“There is a chance,” said Bjorkgren of Brogdon’s game on Tuesday. “I think he is very close. He was there working, running and going through all the tests.”
The Pacers had the injury problem all season, but had Domantas Sabonis back on the team, with 25 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, Caris LeVert left the game and did not return for the second half.
“They discarded it in the second half, it fell under the basket right in front of our bench in the first half and called it a migraine,” said Bjorkgren.
Bjorkgren added that LeVert has had migraines since he was a child.
Pacers will resume action when they receive the Hornets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first NBA play-in tournament on Tuesday.