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Pacers’ Victor Oladipo likely to re-join starting lineup vs. Raptors

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After spending the last three games coming off the bench, Indiana Pacer shooting guard Victor Oladipo will join his teammates in the starting lineup for the team’s game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

Prior to his return on Jan. 29, it had been over a year since Oladipo had played in an NBA game. The two-time All-Star suffered a ruptured quad tendon in Jan. 2019 and was forced to miss the end of last season and the first half of the current one.

Before he was injured, Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Since his return, Oladipo has been coming off the bench for the Pacers and has been put on a minute restriction. In three games, the Pacers star is putting up 8.3 points per game in 22.0 minutes a contest.

Despite hitting a clutch shot in his first game back, Oladipo has obviously struggled to get back up to speed after being out for so long. Although it is a small sample size, the 6-foot-4 guard is shooting just 20.5 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from deep.

Pacers head coach Nate McMillan, Victor Oladipo refused to give up his pregame lineup prior to the team’s game against the Raptors but Oladipo is expected to make a return to the starting lineup, per Scott Agness of The Athletic.

Although he is once again a starter, Oladipo’s minute restriction will continue as it has been expanded to roughly 28 minutes for tonight’s game.