On Tuesday afternoon, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat took the floor for Game 1 of their playoff series.
Miami entered the contest as the No. 4 seed and Indiana as the No. 5 seed in what was expected to be one of the closest playoff matchups. That held true throughout much of the contest.
Heat star Jimmy Butler hit two huge three-pointers near the end of the fourth quarter to solidify the win. Unfortunately for the Pacers, they suffered more than just the Game 1 loss.
Star guard Victor Oladipo left the game in the first half after being poked in the eye. He initially left, but came back in the game to hit both of his free throws before eventually leaving once again.
Following the game, head coach Nate McMillan gave an update on Oladipo. He said the guard was taken to the hospital to have his eye checked out.
Nate McMillan says Victor Oladipo went to the hospital to get his eye checked out. The Pacers are awaiting the results.
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The Pacers can’t afford to miss Oladipo for this playoff run. They already battled into playoff contention without him, but if Indiana has any hope of beating Miami, the team’s star guard needs to be on the floor.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Heat outscored the Pacers 32-21 in the fourth quarter en route to a 113-101 win.
Oladipo has been excellent in his return from a devastating injury last season. During the NBA’s restart, he averaged 16 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
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