Pacers’ TJ Warren dealing with plantar fasciitis as first-round matchup with Jimmy Butler awaits
Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren is suffering from plantar fasciitis, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. After all, Indiana will be facing Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.
Miami will technically have homecourt advantage in the series, but that’s irrelevant since there are no fans in attendance. The Heat are the fourth seed and the Pacers are the fifth.
If Warren isn’t at 100 percent moving forward, Indiana is going to be in a lot of trouble against Butler and Miami, who will be motivated to defeat the Pacers considering the history between Jimmy and TJ.
McMillan says Warren's foot injury is the same as Sabonis…plantar fasciitis #PacersRockets
— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) August 12, 2020
For what it’s worth, Warren’s plantar fasciitis is “not serious” and will not prevent him from being ready for the playoffs, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Victor Oladipo is the best player on the Pacers, but he’s still getting into form following his knee injury. With that said, he may not be his All-Star self in the playoffs against the Heat.
That’s why Indiana is counting on Warren to continue his scoring streak in the postseason.
However, plantar fasciitis is very difficult to play on. It’s almost as if you are stepping on needles every time you run. Considering the situation, it’s going to be interesting to see how Warren performs for the Pacers in the playoffs against Butler and the Heat.
The Pacers lost in the first round of the 2019 playoffs to the Boston Celtics in four games. While it’s going to be fun to get a seven-game series between TJ Warren and Jimmy Butler, Indiana fans are praying their guy will be able to play at full speed.