Victor Oladipo injury sparks major concerns amid frustrating Heat silence
With the NBA Playoffs just around the corner, the Miami Heat are hoping to get Victor Oladipo back on the court for the most important stretch of the year. However, head coach Erik Spoelstra gave a rather vague update on the health and status of Oladipo, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Spoelstra again declines to say if Oladipo will play again this season. Only four regular season games left. Oladipo had hoped to return this season but nothing has materialized to this point and all parties are declining to discuss the matter.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) May 11, 2021
Oladipo has appeared in just four games since being acquired at the trade deadline by the Heat. They had hoped he would be able to be a key contributor for a team that is fresh off an NBA Finals loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the bubble.
Unfortunately, the reality is starting to set in that Oladipo might not be available for the first round — if at all. Oladipo was sent from the Indiana Pacers to the Houston Rockets as part of the James Harden three-way blockbuster trade and played in 20 games in Houston.
In his short stint with the Heat, Oladipo has averaged just 12 points a game on 37 percent from the field and clearly wasn’t himself when he suited up.
The Heat are in danger of dropping to the play-in tournament but could also end up as the sixth seed, which would set them up for an Eastern Conference playoff rematch with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Still, the absence of Oladipo isn’t what Miami was hoping for when the franchise acquired him at the deadline. Furthermore, Oladipo recently purchased a house in Miami, perhaps signaling his desire to sign with them in the summer and stick around with Jimmy Butler and Spoelstra.