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Victor Oladipo Suffers Gruesome Knee Injury

26 January, 2019, 00:43 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted, "Preliminary exam has left Pacers with fear that Victor Oladipo has suffered a season-ending knee injury that will require surgery, league sources tell ESPN". He is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday.

"It's very, very tough to see this happen to a guy who is so positive and means so much to this team", co-captain Thaddeus Young said Thursday. Oladipo received a standing ovation as he was wheeled away and responded by waving to the crowd.

Only the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto have a better record than the Pacers in the Eastern Conference, while the Philadelphia 76ers are one game behind in in fourth place.

The news is especially devastating for Oladipo, who transformed his working regimen in the summer of 2017 to emerge as the NBA's Most Improved Player and a Third Team All-NBA performer last season.

Oladipo missed 11 games earlier this season with what the Pacers termed a sore right knee.


The Indiana Pacers have confirmed that All-Star Victor Oladipo is out for the rest of the season.

Without Oladipo, the Pacers will be losing their leading scorer, a great on-ball defender, and the leader of their team. Oladipo is not expected to return this season, so the Pacers will have to try and maintain the third seed in the Eastern Conference without arguably their best player. "We've got to lift him now".

Oladipo led the Pacers in scoring at 19.2 points per game, was a first-team all-NBA defensive selection last season and one of the Pacers' co-captains. The Feb. 7 trade deadline is on the horizon and there may be opportunity to pick up some immediate relief if the front office deems it necessary. "We've got to keep going for him".

"We'll be there to support him", said guard Cory Joseph. "They don't know what we have".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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