NBA Rumor: Victor Oladipo Injury

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He had an MRI on Friday, but the Heat and Oladipo have declined to release the results. X-rays taken after Thursday’s game were negative. Spoelstra declined to discuss his conversation with Oladipo but said “he really wanted to be with us and this team and we really like what he brings to our group. He complements who we are and what we do already so much on both sides of the floor. You do feel for guys, particularly this time of the year. The competition is going to another level. Players want to be out there.”

If Oladipo returns Monday, his first game with the Rockets and first game back after getting hurt Feb. 11 will both be against the Bulls. The first time, he had to jump in with little preparation time or even familiarity with his new team and scored 32 points with nine assists. He has struggled since, and especially in recent weeks, missing four of the Rockets past five games and leaving the game he did play after 20 minutes. In his past four games played, all Rockets losses, he made 21 of 62 shots and just 5 of 24 3-pointers, averaging 13.8 points per game.

If getting him back is the first priority, getting his offensive game back in gear could be next. “It’s very important,” Silas said of having the weekend practices to hone Oladipo’s place within the Rockets offense. “He was able to be on the floor (on Friday) when we were kind of cleaning up our offense, putting in things. Hopefully, he’ll be able to practice one of these next couple of days. We have to make sure he’s able to get to where he wants to be on the offense end.

Houston led Thursday’s game by six points at halftime, but Miami outscored them by 18 during a disastrous third quarter — headlined by the injuries to Oladipo and Tucker. In postgame comments, Silas did not have a definitive answer on the status of either injured player. “Victor’s gonna get checked,” Silas said. “Hopefully his injury isn’t too bad. He is a big part of what we do, and one of the reasons that we’re a top-five defensive team in the NBA is Victor Oladipo. Offense will come.”

Victor Oladipo listed day-to-day

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo left their 113-101 loss to the Miami Heat early after being poked in the eye on Tuesday, and had to visit the on-campus clinic for further evaluation. Initial tests, however, showed “no immediate concerns” and he is now listed as day-to-day, a good sign for the Pacers. “He wasn’t saying much,” said Malcolm Brogdon, who put up 22 points and 10 assists in the loss, via ESPN. “He was just saying he got hit in the eye, and we just got to wait to see if he’ll be back next game.

Pacers, Victor Oladipo's relationship fractured?

The Pacers fully support Oladipo and whatever he decides, although they haven’t always been on the same page. There was a fracture in the relationship after his injury in Jan. 2019, per sources. It has improved over time. And it’s good that the team has two executives down there, Kevin Pritchard and Chad Buchanan, to assist during this situation. “It’s no surprise that they backed me and they support me,” Oladipo said of the organization. “I’m just thankful that they got my back.”

While Oladipo’s rehab was negatively impacted by the coronavirus, he had an advantage over many because he has a personal physical therapist — who was among the 35 individuals on the Pacers’ traveling party to Disney, by the way — access to a gym and weights in his garage. If he needed something more, he could have elected to remain in Indianapolis during quarantine, with the practice facility at his disposal, rather than going to his home to Orlando. Twice he mentioned not having the resources to truly test his knee, referring to playing against competition in a group setting. But neither have most players.

Oladipo has tried to look at the bright side of the situation and views quarantine like “almost getting a second chance.” “I had the opportunity to look at it two ways: negatively or positively. At the end of the day I chose the positive outlook on it,” Oladipo said. “I’m just using this opportunity to give me time to get healthy and continue getting stronger.” “I’m definitely optimistic and definitely thankful for where I’m at right now,” he added. “I just have to continue to keep working hard and staying ready.”

And McMillan made sure the “half-court” distinction was clear in his announcement Friday, one day after Oladipo was absent from practice while getting a check-up with his doctors regarding his injury. “He’s been doing some things 1-on-1,” McMillan said. “But this is a good sign. “They’re going slowly to try to work him into being able to go every day, but it’s good news to know he’ll be able to participate in that first part of practice.”

While Victor Oladipo avoids specifics about his recovery from a surgically repaired right knee, he participated in everything except scrimmaging when the Indiana Pacers opened training camp Saturday. “He spent the first 20 to 30 minutes of practice going through drills,” said coach Nate McMillan, who was briefed by the medical staff last night on Oladipo’s progress after a torn quad muscle Jan. 23. “Nothing with contact. Basically the warm-up part of practice. That was good enough for me to see him out on the floor with his teammates.”

Oladipo watched from the sidelines where he was his typical demonstrative self. He’s not going to scrimmage any time soon with his return on pace for December or January. Could he return sooner? Possibly. But the Pacers will be cautious and manage his workload. Last year he played through early-season soreness that probably led to the rupture of the quad tendon. “It was awesome,” Domantas Sabonis said of Oladipo being with them again. “He did 80 percent of the practice. It looks like he never left.”

McMillan said he spent time with Oladipo in Miami and Las Vegas during the offseason, in addition to observing the guard at the team facility last week. The longtime coach said Oladipo is in good spirits but he has a hurdle in front of him — contact. “He’s not playing live but he’s moving. He’s in a good position mentally,” McMillan said. “He feels that everything is going well. I like what I see with him. … He’s doing great. He’s not doing any live contact, still in that rehab stage of working with the trainers. I just know (opening night on Oct. 23) he probably won’t be there. The time frame, we have no idea of when he will return.”
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