NBA Summer League | Quebecer Bennedict Mathurin annoyed by a big toe injury


(Paradise) Bored to a toe, Montrealer Bennedict Mathurin will not play more in the NBA Summer League, the Indiana Pacers announced Thursday.

Posted at 5:38 p.m.

Drafted sixth last month, Mathurin is troubled by an injury to the big toe of his left foot.

The 20-year-old athlete from Montreal North played his third game in Las Vegas on Tuesday, earning 20 points against the Pistons.

Mathurin had provided 23 and 15 points on July 8 and 10, against the Hornets and the Kings.

In three games, he averaged 19.3 points, four rebounds and 1.3 steals, with a 38.5 percent success rate on three-point shooting.

In the Summer League, the Pacers have yet to face the Wizards on Friday and a club to be determined this weekend.

Mathurin shone for two seasons with the University of Arizona.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Mathurin improved his points per game average from 10.8 to 17.7 from his rookie season to the second.

He grew up in the same corner of the city as his good friend Luguentz Dort, an impact player with the Thunder for three years.

The other Quebecers on the Silver circuit are Chris Boucher and Khem Birch, of the Raptors. Of the lot, only Mathurin was fished out.

Since 2014, Indiana has been beaten in the first round five years in a row, failing to reach the playoffs on other occasions.

In reconstruction, the team is coming off its worst season since the mid-1980s, going 25-57.

Indiana had a lot of success in the 1990s, with Reggie Miller and Mark Jackson in particular.



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