Ty Lawson’s debut with the Indiana Pacers consisted of a couple nifty passes before calling it an early night.
The reserve point guard entered late in the first quarter as a reserve, but suffered a left foot sprain during in the second quarter and did not return to Monday’s 99-91 home victory over the San Antonio Spurs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He had two assists and one rebound in 5 minutes and 5 seconds of action.
Head coach Frank Vogel said Lawson would be re-evaluated in 48 hours. The Pacers have four days off until their next game Saturday afternoon at Dallas.
"He had good energy, good instinctive plays," Vogel said of Lawson's few minutes. "We didn't have a lot of time to see him, but he was really getting into the paint. He created, he got guys wide-open shots."
The Pacers (34-30), after two days of mutliple reports, confirmed earlier Monday that they had signed the free agent Lawson, who claimed the roster spot created when forward Chase Budinger was waived on Saturday. Budinger had averaged just 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game for 49 games.
“We’re glad to have Ty come play with the Pacers for this final run of the season,” said Pacers president Larry Bird, whose affinity for Lawson dates back to when the guard was in college at North Carolina in 2008. “We think he brings added speed to our backcourt, he can get up and down the floor and he helps strengthen our second unit.”
Lawson, 5-11 and 195 pounds, played his first six NBA seasons with Denver before being acquired by Houston last summer. But he didn’t fit with the Rockets, averaging just 5.8 points and 3.4 assists in 53 games before being waived last week. He has averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 assists in his career.
“This is a good opportunity for me to come here, try to help the Pacers win and get into the playoffs,” Lawson said in a team release. “I’m just ready to play and do whatever is needed.”
One of the knocks on the Pacers in recent years is the lack of having a true point guard. Lawson is that, although the team plans to use him as a reserve with Rodney Stuckey, who typically plays backup point guard but is also capable of shifting to shooting guard and is arguably the team’s most aggressive player when it comes to dribble-drive penetration.
The Pacers defeated the Spurs (53-10) at home for the first time since 2007.
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