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Heat will be without Victor Oladipo vs. Blazers Sunday

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When the Miami Heat (27-25) travel to Portland on Sunday to take on the Trail Blazers (30-21) at Moda Center, they will be without two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo.

The Heat announced Friday that Oladipo would not be accompanying the team on their road trip to the West Coast, and he will undergo further evaluation on his knee.

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Midway through the fourth quarter of the Heat’s 110-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Oladipo exited with an apparent knee injury. He grabbed his knee after landing awkwardly following a dunk and did not return to the court.  

He will be unavailable for the Heat’s four-game road trip at Portland, Phoenix, Denver and Minnesota.

Prior to his injury during Thursday’s game, Oladipo was averaging 19.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists this season. He had 18 points, four rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes prior to his exit vs. the Lakers.

 

The Heat is Oladipo’s third team of the 2020-21 season as he began the season with the Pacers before being traded to Houston and then re-routed to Miami at the NBA’s trade deadline. In four games for the Heat, the 28-year-old guard is averaging 12.0 points and 3.5 assists.

The last time Oladipo took the court vs. the Blazers was on Jan. 28 in the Rockets 104-101 win. In 37 minutes of play, he had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Portland beat a short-handed Miami squad on March 25, 125-122. Oladipo had yet to join the club after being acquired just hours earlier. 

The Blazers will host the Heat Sunday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Catch the game on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.