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Pacers’ Victor Oladipo provides update on eye injury ahead of Game 2 vs. Heat

Victor Oladipo, Pacers, Jimmy Butler, Heat

Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo suffered an eye injury against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their first-round series and left the game.

Without Oladipo, the Pacers wound up losing Game 1 to the Heat to begin the best-of-seven series. Indiana just didn’t have any answers for Miami star Jimmy Butler.

While speaking to Pacers reporters on Wednesday, Oladipo provided an update on his eye injury. It appears he’s doing much better:

Pacers head coach Nate McMillan also spoke about the injury:

If Oladipo can’t play in Game 2, Indiana likely will lose again. It would be shocking to see Oladipo sit since we’re in the playoffs. However, if his vision is compromised, Oladipo shouldn’t put himself at risk.

Oladipo appeared in 19 games for the Pacers during the 2019-20 regular season. He missed the majority of the campaign recovering from his knee injury. The two-time All-Star averaged 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27.8 minutes per contest while shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Oladipo becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021. The Pacers are certainly hoping to lock up the high-flyer on a long-term deal. Indiana and Oladipo tried to agree to a new contract before this season started, but talks didn’t get too far.

Victor Oladipo has career NBA averages of 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists with the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and Pacers.