The Indiana Pacers are set to welcome Victor Oladipo back to the court for the first time since he ruptured his quad on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls. It has been a much-anticipated return and there have been quite a few questions about how the Pacers will handle his return.
Will Oladipo start or come off the bench? Will he be on a minutes restriction or will he be released in full?
Scott Agness of The Athletic has the answers to those questions and he gave those answers on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
Indiana has been very competitive this season even without their star shooting guard. There is absolutely no reason to rush him back to playing huge minutes. It would be much smarter to ease him back into the rotation and let him get his feet back under him.
Last season with the Pacers in 36 games before his injury, Oladipo ended up averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. Indiana still made the playoffs, but promptly were swept by Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics.
Kevin Pritchard feels much better about this years team after making some key moves in the offseason. Oladipo will now be joined in the back-court by another playmaking guard in Malcolm Brogdon.
All of that being said, Oladipo is back for the Pacers. No matter how many minutes he plays, Wednesday night is going to be a very special night in Indiana. If Oladipo is able to get back to 100 percent before the playoffs, the Pacers could be capable of making a deep run.
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