Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers played their first game in Orlando against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday afternoon. It was the first scrimmage for the team of three games that they will play prior to games actually meaning something.
After originally stating that he would not play for the Pacers in Orlando, Oladipo seems to be changing his mind. He has looked great in practice and his quad is feeling good. At this point in time, it seems likely that Oladipo will play for Indiana when the games count.
In his first game in Orlando, Oladipo showed some positive signs for the Pacers. He ended up scoring eight points to go along with six rebounds. Oladipo struggled a bit from the floor, knocking down just three of his 10 attempts.
Despite the rust that every player on the floor showed, Oladipo looked much more comfortable. He was aggressive and was looking for his shot. The Pacers should be excited about what they saw from Oladipo.
Following the game, Oladipo spoke quickly about his performance and how he is feeling at this point in time.
“It was fun to be out there, just being able to compete,” Oladipo said. “I felt pretty good.”
The Pacers had to play the scrimmage without their top three big men. Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, and Goga Bitadze all sat out. Even without their front-court starters, Indiana looked very solid.
It will be interesting to see how Victor Oladipo looks in the final two scrimmage games for the Pacers. Assuming he continues feeling good and can make an impact on the court, Indiana should have their star shooting guard on the court for the remainder of the year.
Only time will tell whether or not Oladipo can return to being the All-Star that he was before the quad injury. But, things are looking better and there are quite a few reasons for Pacers fans to be excited about the progress he has made.
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