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Victor Oladipo available to play in Game 2 vs. Heat [UPDATE]

Pacers SG was hit in the face in the first quarter of the loss in Game 1 and did not return.

Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers arrives to the arena before Round One, Game One of the NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat on August 18, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena.  Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: Aug. 20, 11:57 a.m. Oladipo is going to be available to play in Game 2 vs. the Heat this afternoon.

So with Dipo in there, the appeal of guys like Edmond Sumner and Justin Holiday goes down. It’s also a slight downgrade for T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon, though I like both of those plays in GPPs anyway. Dipo’s injury was just a scratch on the eye, so there’s really no reason to believe he’ll be limited. He had played 9 minutes in the first quarter before exiting Game 1, which was a good pace for 30+ minutes. Oladipo should be a solid GPP play if he goes overlooked.

UPDATE: Aug. 19, 3:14 p.m. Oladipo is considered a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Heat on Thursday. We could also get an update on his status later on in the day around 5:30 p.m. ET. Otherwise, it looks like we’ll get word on Dipo’s status closer to game time, which is 1 p.m. ET.

With Dipo out for most of Game 1, the Pacers leaned heavily on Warren and Brogdon. Justin Holiday was the main benefactor off the bench, playing 32 minutes. Sumner also got plenty of playing time with 27 minutes. My guess is Holiday starts for Dipo if he’s ruled out. We could also see JaKarr Sampson start at SF with Brogdon and Aaron Holiday in the backcourt, which would keep Nate McMillan’s rotations somewhat intact.

UPDATE: Holiday and Sumner have split minutes in place of Dipo, though Holiday is getting the majority of the playing time. He’s up to 11 points and 3 rebounds after a decent end to the first half. The Pacers are trailing late in the fourth and it’s looking like Miami will come away with a 1-0 series lead.

UPDATE: Sumner came out to start the second half in place of Oladipo, who remains in the locker room. It doesn’t appear Dipo will be back in this game. We’ll keep you updated on his status.

UPDATE, Halftime Oladipo did not play the rest of the first half. The Pacers lead 56-52 at halftime. We saw a lot of Edmund Sumner and Justin Holiday as a result of Dipo being out. Nate McMillan is using most of his bench so far in this game, so we could see the minutes spread out if Oladipo can’t return. Holiday figures to benefit the most and he scored 9 points off the bench. T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon will carry the offense as well.

Indiana Pacers SG Victor Oladipo was hit in the face early in the first quarter of Game 1 vs. the Miami Heat on Tuesday and is questionable to return. Dipo went up for a rebound with Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler. Crowder appeared to inadvertently swipe Oladipo in the face. The Pacers SG went to the ground and later exited to the locker room. He had 4 points in 9 minutes before leaving.