It’s crazy to think about how one play can turn your whole season upside down. This sort of craziness, however, took place for Indiana Pacers All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo. During the second quarter of last nights premier Eastern Conference matchup with the Toronto Raptors, the Indiana native went to battle with Raptors forward Pascal Siakam for a loose ball on an outlet pass when Oladipo’s leg buckled underneath him.
Instantly screaming in pain, Oladipo motioned for the Pacers team trainer to come over. It was evident that the injury is severe since a towel was draped over his knee once Oladipo was tended to. As a result, the beloved guard needed to be stretchered off the court.
A team statement shortly after stated that it is a serious injury, but will be further diagnosed after an MRI takes place today. UPDATE: Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, the Pacers announced.
There is no doubt that the loss of Oladipo will be a tough blow to the team as he leads the team in points per game with 19.2. However, there should be no fret from Pacer fans, as the team has performed well without him this year. When Oladipo battled a sore right knee in November and December, the team went 7-4 without their star player.
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I firmly believe that this will bring the team closer and motivate them even more than they already are. Unless things go haywire, the Pacers look to be firmly set in the playoff picture.