Nate McMillan claims there’s still no timetable established for Victor Oladipo’s return
There was some hope that Oladipo would be recovered enough to take the floor with the Pacers sometime in January, but it’s not clear if that will be the case. He sustained the injury back in January, and the team is being cautious with their approach to his return.
This means, of course, even when Oladipo returns — I was told previously— his time/workload will be managed tight. So if he has say 20 pts in 10 min don’t expect he’s going to be turned loose all of a sudden. This is a slow play https://t.co/fnYQIr9i0B
— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) December 26, 2019
Oladipo has been ramping up his workload in recent workout sessions, but it sounds like he’ll remain on the sidelines for a bit longer. He’s also got some work in with the Pacers’ G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Despite the fact that Oladipo has been out of the lineup, the Pacers are playing well. Indiana is 21-10 and closing in on the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Pacers would love to have Dipo’s services, but there is no sense in rushing his return. A proven scorer and willing defender, the former No. 2 overall pick holds career averages of 17.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the field (35.2 percent from beyond the arc), 4.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 33.2 minutes per outing.
The Pacers will be back in action on Friday night, when they’ll face the Heat in Miami. Tip-off inside AmericanAirlines Arena is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.