It has been a moment of alarm since Victor Aladzipo returned on March 7 from May’s quadriceps surgery.
The former All-Star Game is asked if he is ready when summoned. Oladipo stresses that he is ready when called upon. And then he is not called.
When Kyle Lowry is dealing with a hamstring sprain, another one of those Miami Heat moments has arrived for Oladip.
Thus, for his part, Aladdipo stressed his readiness.
“I’m just staying ready,” Oladip said before Game 4 on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference’s Best of Seven playoff series in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. “I can’t control what’s going on there, what’s going on. I just have to be ready. If they call my number, I’m going to go out and play the game to the best of my ability. “
For the most part, Heath coach Eric Spoelstra has chosen Gabe Vincent’s restrained consistency when relief is required in the back zone, which pretty much makes it a waiting game for Oladip.
“I just need to play,” Oladipo said of the state of his return. “I just need to play. I think that only the guys who were in my place, who experienced what I went through, really understand, if you sit for so long, and try to go back to the flow of things and build things up, you just need to repeat, you need just play.
“So I just have to play. That’s all. That’s what I’m focused on, trying to score as many reps as possible – be it 2 on 2, 1 on 1, 3 on 3 – and try to be as prepared as possible. ”
Recently, after they were excluded from rotation before the playoffs, most of these actions take place 2 on 2, before the game or after training sessions or shootings.
“I mean, every time I have the opportunity to play basketball, it’s good for me,” he said. “I’ve only played, I don’t even know if it’s been a handful of basketball in the last year or so. What did I play? Eight games? I don’t know. But if I can come here and compete, it’s good for me. “
Not much benefit came from a game with 40 points on the last night of the regular season, when they lost on the road to Orlando Magic. This only led to the viewer role in the first week of the series against the Hawks.
“I was just playing a game. I was just playing a game. I stay in the moment, ”he said when asked if he thought the game could provide a runway to the playoffs. “I don’t look far ahead and I don’t look back. I just stay in the moment. That’s what I did in Orlando.
“After that, I had no expectations. But if they call my number, I’m going to go out and play my game to the best of my ability. “
Aladipa, the combined guard, said that the players have enough comfort, especially against the background of the lack of Lowry.
“I’m just me, man,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and be myself. Whatever it looks like, whatever I need to do to help the team win, that’s what I’m going to do. “
Sitting during the regular season is one thing. Sitting during the playoffs means missing the most significant games.
“It’s always hard,” he said of the waiting game. “The playoffs, the regular season, it’s hard. I want to compete, helping the team win.
“But in the end, I’m just focused on what I can control. And all the coaching staff needs to do to help us win is what I will do. ”
And all, trying to get closer to 100 percent, and a free agency is waiting for July 1.
“It’s obviously a process,” he said. “I’m still getting better, I’m still getting stronger. But I am making good progress. I just have to keep improving. “
Taking the need for patience.
“I mean, it doesn’t just help with that experience,” he said. “It helps in life, in general. Good things come to those who know how to wait. So you have to be patient and understand that you have to trust the process. And that’s what I’m doing. “