Bitadze (concussion) won't play Tuesday against Oklahoma City.
Bitadze remains in concussion protocol and is set to miss his third straight contest. He'll need to pass through the league's protocol to have a chance to return Friday in Houston.
Bitadze (concussion) will remain sidelined for Sunday's matchup with the Magic, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
Bitadze needs to clear the league's concussion protocol before he can return. Myles Turner (ankle) is again questionable, so the Pacers could potentially remain very thin in their frontcourt. The big man's next chance to return will be Tuesday against the Thunder.
Bitadze is out for Friday's matchup against the Pistons due to a concussion.
Bitadze will enter the league's concussion protocol, so it's possible he misses multiple games. He's been playing well, averaging 9.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 assists across the past four games. The Pacers might have to turn to TJ Leaf, Doug McDermott and JaKarr Sampson for additional frontcourt depth, especially if Myles Turner (ankle) is ruled out.
Bitadze scored six points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt) while adding 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 32 minutes before fouling out of Tuesday's 122-120 overtime loss to the Hornets.
Getting another start with both Myles Turner (ankle) and Domantas Sabonis (calf) sidelined, Bitadze fouled out for the second straight game but also racked up four blocks for the third straight contest while recording double-digit boards for the second time in that stretch. The 20-year-old rookie isn't yet a consistent offensive force, but his length and athleticism are quickly proving to be assets on the defensive end.
Bitadze totaled nine points (4-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), four rebounds, four blocks, and three assists in 19 minutes during Sunday's 108-95 win over the Bulls.
Bitadze was very impressive in his first career start despite fouling out in limited minutes. He's been solid across these last two games, and with Myles Turner (ankle) sidelined for a bit, Bitadze could be in line to contribute decent counting stats this upcoming week even if Domantas Sabonis (calf) is ready to return for Tuesday's matchup with the Hornets.
Bitadze will receive the start at center Sunday against the Bulls.
With Domantas Sabonis (calf) joining Myles Turner (ankle) in street clothes Sunday, Bitadze will move up to the top unit for the first time in his young career. Turner's injury opened up a spot in the rotation for Bitadze behind Sabonis in Friday's 102-95 win over the Cavaliers, and the rookie delivered an impressive showing. He played 25 minutes in that contest, recording 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Given the lack of other healthy center options, Bitadze could make a push for 35-plus minutes Sunday.
Bitadze accumulated 10 points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, and four blocks in 25 minutes during Friday's 102-95 win over the Cavaliers.
Bitadze was the biggest beneficiary of Myles Turner (ankle) being sidelined, as the rookie big man earned the fifth-most minutes on the team. T.J. Leaf started alongside Domantas Sabonis but played just eight minutes, as Bitadze came in and seized the day. Given that Sabonis has some limitations on the defensive end, Bitadze could be in line for similar minute totals while Turner heals up.
Bitadze could play in the second half of Saturday's game at Cleveland if necessary, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
According to Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports Indiana, Bitadze was battling some right knee soreness during the first half, but he came out of halftime and participated in warmups. It remains to be seen whether the 20-year-old actually retakes the court after playing four minutes before suffering the injury.
Bitadze totaled 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, and one block in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 119-111 loss to the Timberwolves.
Bitadze showed off his shooting range in his first NBA appearance. However, he also finished with six turnovers and four fouls. Starting big men Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis each saw 17 minutes in this one, so Bitadze likely shouldn't be expected to see such a substantial load of playing time once the regular season starts.
Bitadze is not on the injury report ahead of Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
Bitadze was considered probable coming in due to an ankle injury, but all signs now point to the rookie big man suiting up for the exhibition finale. It'll be the NBA debut for Bitadze, who was the 18th overall pick in June's draft.
Bitadze (ankle) is considered probable for Tuesday's preseason game against the Timberwolves, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Bitadze has a good shot at making his preseason debut Tuesday against Minnesota. The rookie center, who's struggled through a right ankle sprain thus far this preseason, was able to practice in full Monday and will play Tuesday as long as his ankle feels ok.
Bitadze (ankle) was unable to practice Tuesday and won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Bulls, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Mitadze continues to battle a right ankle sprain, and he'll miss his squad's third preseason matchup as a result. Indiana's next preseason matchup is slated for Oct. 15, and an update on Mitadze's status should come before that time.
Bitadze (ankle) will remain out for Saturday's second preseason game against the Kings in India.
Bitadze is dealing with a sprained right ankle and wasn't able to play in Friday's first game of the India back-to-back set either. His next opportunity to play will be Friday against the Bulls.
Bitadze will not play in Friday's preseason opener against the Kings due to a sprained right ankle.
Bitadze will be held out on what's likely a precautionary basis, so his NBA debut will be on hold. It's unclear if he'll have a realistic chance to play in Saturday's rematch in India.
Bitadze has been granted a visa and is now eligible to play for the Pacers.
Hailing from the country of Georgia, Bitadze needed to secure a visa before coming to the United States for work. Though he's technically been on the Pacers' summer league roster, he has yet to play in a game due to the issue. However, it's possible he takes the floor for the team at some point during the LVSL. As of Friday, the rookie is in Indiana, so it seems unlikely he'll participate in Friday's game against the Clippers. But Bitadze might be available for the playoffs, which start Saturday.
Bitadze is on the Pacers' summer league roster.
The 18th overall pick in the 2019 Draft, Bitadze will showcase his skillset during summer league. Though not a top-tier athlete, Bitadze has the inside-out ability of a modern NBA big. He'll hope to secure a backup role with the Pacers behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis.
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