When Miami started to pull away from the Pacers in the fourth quarter Tuesday, Victor Oladipo was back in the locker room. He had been inadvertently poked in the eye late in the first quarter by Jae Crowder and did not return.
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Pacers’ coach Nate McMillan didn’t ease anyone’s concerns when he said, “His vision was really blurry. Really couldn’t see out of his eye when we spoke to him at halftime.”
Oladipo left the game to be examined at the medical facility inside the bubble, and the injury appears to be nothing serious. From the official Pacers release.
“Initial evaluation showed no immediate concerns and Oladipo will be monitored over the next few days. His status is day-to-day.”
The Pacers and Heat meet in Game 2 on Thursday. Because Oladipo was examined inside the NBA’s restart campus in Orlando, he has no quarantine period.
Indiana was without its two All-Stars at the end of Game 1, Oladipo because of his eye, and Domantas Sabonis (who was not playing in Orlando due to plantar fasciitis). Having one of them back will go a long way to helping the Pacers even the series.