Domantas Sabonis returns to bubble today, but only as support

Domantas Sabonis returns
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Indiana’s All-Star big man Domantas Sabonis returns to the NBA campus in Orlando today.

But not to try and pull the Pacers out of an 0-3 hole. He is just there as support.

Sabonis left the NBA bubble “to receive medical treatment for plantar fasciitis in his left foot,” the team announced a month ago. While the Pacers left the door open to his return, the best cure for plantar fasciitis is rest and time off the foot.

Sabonis will return to the bubble Saturday, coach Nate McMillan said on a local broadcast.

Indiana could use him. Sabonis averaged 18.5 points and 12.4 rebounds a game this season for the Pacers and was named to his first All-Star team.

Except he is just there as moral support, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Pacers are down 0-3 to the Miami Heat. If Sabonis tested negative every day he was outside the bubble, he would still face a four-day quarantine starting today, meaning he would miss Game 4 of the series as well.

The Pacers could be eliminated by the time he could be on the bench.

Still, Domantas Sabonis returns, and that’s a good sign for the Pacers’ chemistry.