Bitadze will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the Raptors. Bitadze started in Saturday's loss to the Lakers, going for 10 points, seven boards, one assist and four blocks across 30 minutes. He will likely see a decreased workload Sunday due to the return of Domantas Sabonis (knee).
Bitadze finished Thursday's loss to Milwaukee with 10 points (2-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds and four assists across 24 minutes. Bitadze came into the contest having gone 0-for-8 from the field over his previous two contests, so his 10-point performance against the Bucks was a bit of a bounceback. The big man also chipped in on the boards and as a distributor to notch one of his finest all-around efforts of the campaign. He has received an average of only 12.4 minutes per contest this season, leading to a quiet stat line of 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots.
Bitadze (ankle) will be available for Thursday's game against Atlanta, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports. Bitadze missed a string of seven games from April 21 through May 3, but he was able to return Wednesday night against the Kings. In 21 minutes of action off the bench, Bitadze finished with five points, six boards, two assists and two blocks, though his night was marred by a verbal altercation with an assistant coach. It remains to be seen if his workload will be impacted, but given that Indiana is shorthanded once again, the Pacers may need all of the healthy bodies they can get.
Bitadze (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Hawks, Brad Rowland of Locked On Hawks reports. The big man made his return from a multi-game absence Wednesday night against the Kings and saw 21 minutes of action, though his night was marred by a verbal altercation with assistant coach Greg Foster, which netted Bitadze a fine and Foster a one-game suspension. On the second night of a back-to-back, the Pacers will wait to see how Bitadze's ankle responds before deciding on his status.
Bitadze had five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Kings. Making his return from an ankle injury, Bitadze came off the bench and saw 21 minutes of action in the 104-93 defeat. The second-year big was involved in a verbal altercation with assistant coach Greg Foster, so it remains to be seen if that could affect his role in Thursday's home matchup against the Hawks. The Pacers have since suspended Foster for one game, while Bitadze was hit with an undisclosed fine.
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