Wednesday , Mar , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers’ Bender placed on IL

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender
was placed on the injured list Wednesday for the third time this season.

Bender, who has played in just 18 games this season, is currently suffering
from a sprained right shoulder. He spent two previous stints on the IL this
season while recovering from knee surgery.

The 23-year-old Bender, in his fifth NBA season, injured his shoulder while
scoring 15 points in a six-minute span against Sacramento last Friday. He is
not available to return until April 4.

The Pacers activated center Primoz Brezec to take Bender’s spot on the roster.
Brezec has been on the since February 8 with a strained right hamstring.