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  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren returned from a two-game absence to face the Heat on Tuesday, coming away with a team-high 22 points including four triples, chipping in eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in 38 minutes.

    Warren missed the final two games of the regular season due to plantar fasciitis but appeared untroubled on Tuesday. It can be a tricky injury to manage with rest typically providing the best path to recovery. Victor Oladipo (eye) was only able to play nine minutes and his status for Game 2 is unknown at this stage. If he misses time, Warren is going to be very busy on the offensive end of the floor.

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo (left eye) has been sent for further testing after receiving a poke in the eye during Tuesday's loss to the Heat, according to Nate McMillan.

    Oladipo left the game early and was unable to return. Despite not being officially ruled out of the contest, Oladipo was never a chance to get back out there and his status for Thursday's Game 2 has to be up in the air. Should he miss any additional games, Justin Holiday and Edmond Sumner should receive a small bump.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo (left eye) was poked in the eye during Tuesday's game against the Heat and is questionable to return.

    Oladipo left the game after only nine minutes of playing time and is yet to return to the court. There has been no official word on his status but if he is unable to get back out there, Edmond Sumner and Justin Holiday will continue to pick up the slack.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Nate McMillan announced that Victor Oladipo is no longer on a minutes restriction.

    Oladipo was having his minutes monitored throughout Indiana's seeding games, but he did play over 30 minutes (including one 37-minute game) four times in six appearances and played more than 27 minutes in every game. This is good to hear from his coach, but there's minimal impact on Oladipo's fantasy outlook given how much he was playing already.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Nate McMillan declared everyone healthy ahead of Tuesday's Game 1 with the Heat, meaning TJ Warren (plantar fasciitis) will be available.

    Warren was listed as questionable but practiced yesterday and was never expected to be in danger of missing this one. He's going to be matched up against Jimmy Butler in one of the marquee matchups of the day. Warren was a standout in bubble play but might find the sledding much tougher these days, though you're free to get him into DFS lineups if you'd like.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren (plantar fasciitis) practiced on Monday and appears to be set to play in the Pacers' opening game against the Heat on Tuesday.

    The world won't be denied another chapter in the Warren-Jimmy Butler feud as every Pacer in the bubble went through practice on Monday. Warren struggled against Butler in their most recent matchup, so he'll likely be looking to make a big statement in Game 1. He has proven to be the Pacers' best offensive player, so he should continue to be a stable option in DFS.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    TJ Warren (plantar fasciitis) was able to participate in Sunday's practice.

    All signs point to Warren suiting up for Game 1 on Tuesday against the Heat. His case of plantar fasciitis is said to be mild, so hopefully he's able to avoid aggravation in what's expected to be a physical matchup with the Heat.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott scored a team-high 23 points in Friday's 109-92 win over the Heat, hitting 8-of-16 shots from the field and five 3-pointers to go along with four boards and a steal.

    McDermott got some extra room to operate with Indiana sitting three of its normal starters today, though he will be in line for some postseason minutes given Domantas Sabonis' absence. McBuckets won't hold serious fantasy appeal unless TJ Warren's foot injury causes further absences, though that's not expected to happen.

  • Alize Johnson
    PF, Indiana Pacers

    Alize Johnson grabbed the first double-double of his career in Friday's start, corralling 11 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, a block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes of action.

    Johnson has done most of his work in the G League through his first two professional seasons but took full advantage of his opportunity today. He's known for his motor and rebounding prowess and put both to good use in this one, so congrats if you had him in a DFS lineup. Fellow replacement starter Edmond Sumner was less successful with seven points and six assists in 31 minutes.

  • Jakarr Sampson
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    JaKarr Sampson put up 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Friday's start against the Heat.

    Sampson has been a regular member of Indiana's rotation with Domantas Sabonis out and looks like the favorite for the backup center spot as things stand. He brings great energy to the floor but is going to have a hard time delivering even late-round fantasy appeal unless he gets minutes up in the twenties. His main competition is rookie Goga Bitadze, who posted four points, three rebounds, a steal and two blocks off the bench while playing through left knee soreness. Sampson is probably the safer bet but Bitadze has more upside because of a diverse skillset.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon was one of the few Pacers starters to play on Friday, and he responded with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and four threes in 25 minutes of work.

    Brogdon had a typical line in a quick outing, so anyone who rolled the dice in DFS should be very happy with these results. He's been battling a neck injury in the bubble but has looked good whenever he's been on the floor. Feel free to target Brogdon in the middle rounds of your playoff league drafts.

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers will start Malcolm Brogdon, Edmond Sumner, Justin Holiday, Alize Johnson and JaKarr Sampson on Friday.

    Friday's games will all be glorified scrimmages with starters resting all over the place, and this one is no exception. DFS players have plenty of cheap options to choose from on today's slate.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze (left knee soreness) is available to play on Friday.

    Bitadze has been dealing with the knee issue since late July but has been able to play in each of Indiana's last four games. The team may limit him today, hurting his DFS appeal, but there's going to be plenty of work to go around with the Pacers missing three starters in a meaningless game.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze (left knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game.

    Bitadze has been playing through his knee issues of late but the Pacers might not want to risk it in a meaningless final game. If he sits, like most of Indiana's regulars are, we'll see lots of JaKarr Sampson, Alize Johnson and TJ Leaf up front.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon is not listed on the injury report and we should expect him to play in the team's season finale against the Heat on Friday.

    Brogdon has missed some games in the restart due to a neck issue but appears to be healthy at the right time. Brogdon will be the only usual starter on Friday and will likely see fewer than his normal allotment of minutes. There is some value on the wire with silly season in full-swing. Justin Holiday, Doug McDermott, T.J. McConnell and Aaron Holiday are some of the players to look at on the Pacers.

    Source: NBA Injury Report