Pacers activate suspended guard Johnson
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers activated backup point
guard Anthony Johnson from the injured list Tuesday and he will begin serving
his five-game suspension for his role in last Friday’s brawl in Detroit.
Johnson was originally slated to miss six-to-eight weeks after breaking his
hand a month ago, but Indiana coach Rick Carlisle indicated Johnson was
healthy enough to play.
The Pacers are in dire need of players after the league handed down
suspensions stemming from the melee at the Palace. Ron Artest is banned for
the season and Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O’Neal were suspended for 30 and
25 games, respectively.
Injuries to Reggie Miller, Jeff Foster, Jamaal Tinsley, Scot Pollard and
Jonathan Bender forced the team to play with just six men in Sunday’s 86-83
loss to Orlando.
Bender, who has only played in two games this season, was placed on the
injured list with his sore right knee and is likely to miss six more weeks to
Johnson has yet to play this season. He averaged 6.2 points and 2.3 assists in
73 games last season with Indiana.