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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Heat injury update: Greg Oden inactive for Game 1

By on 5/20/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Miami Heat lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday by the scored of 107-96. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor and LeBron James added 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Heat were without center Greg Oden, who was inactive and in street clothes.

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As reported by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Oden was out with back spasms late in the season, but returned for the regular season finale. He was on the active roster for the first round against the Charlotte Bobcats, but didn't see any action. He's been inactive since and Coach Erik Spoelstra was hopeful that Oden could see some action against the Pacers.
"After the back, he's been working really to get back out on the court.  In the last week or ten days, he's really been able to amp up his workouts. I want him to have a couple more very tough workouts this week, and we'll evaluate him at the end of the week.   He's feeling much better, and now he's finally getting back to the workload that he's been doing before. . . . He's just been able to really get his workload back up to where it was before he got hurt."
Oden was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007 out of Ohio State. He didn't play in the 2007-2008 season and averaged 8.9 points and seven rebounds as a rookie in 2008-2009.  Oden played in only 21 games the following season and after a barrage of injuries, wasn't in the NBA for three seasons before the Heat signed him.  Oden played in 23 games this season and averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game.

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