Victor Oladipo Suffers ‘Serious’ Right Knee Injury


Victor Oladipo Suffers ‘Serious’ Right Knee Injury

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Victor Oladipo Suffers ‘Serious’ Right Knee Injury

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo suffered a serious right knee injury on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The injury overshadowed the 110-106 Pacers' victory over the Raptors.

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INDIANAPOLIS – One of the more energized home crowds of the season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was turned into a whisper near halftime on Wednesday night.

A ‘serious’ right knee injury suffered by Victor Oladipo silenced the home faithful. Oladipo will have an MRI on his injured right knee Thursday. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the injury will cost Oladipo the rest of his 2018-19 season.

“The information I got was they did an x-ray and are going to do an MRI tomorrow," Nate McMillan said after his team hung on for an impressive 110-106 victory. "We’ll have more information tomorrow and we’ll talk with everyone about what they find out.”

Oladipo went down with 4:05 to go in the second quarter when trying to defend a pass intended for Raptors forward the Pascal Siakam.

The full-court pass by Raptors guard Kyle Lowry had Oladipo judging whether or not he should jump and defend the pass. But right before it looked like Oladipo was making the decision to jump or not, his right knee buckled, and he went to the ground. Oladipo said after the game that he slipped.

After looking down at his knee and letting out an audible scream, Oladipo signaled towards the Indiana bench at the opposite end of the floor.

Teammates quickly gathered around Oladipo, with Myles Turner visibly shook by the injury Oladipo had suffered.

Pacers head athletic trainer Josh Corbeil was the first to arrive to Oladipo. Corbeil quickly received a towel from Raptors head trainer Scott McCullough. Once Corbeil placed the towel over Oladipo’s right knee/leg, the head trainer motioned for a stretcher.

Oladipo was on the floor for around 5 minutes before he was stretchered off to chants of his name. With players from both the Pacers and Raptors surrounding Oladipo, the Pacers All-Star guard raised his hands a couple of times to acknowledge the crowd on his way off the floor.

Shortly after the Oladipo injury, Pacers team president Kevin Pritchard and general manager Chad Buchanan left their normal seats near the home bench and headed for the bowels of the arena to be with Oladipo. About three minutes into the third quarter, Pritchard and Buchanan returned to their seats for Wednesday’s second half.

Once they returned, that’s when the Pacers announced the serious knee injury and the pending MRI coming Thursday.

Earlier this season, a sore right knee kept Oladipo sidelined for 11 straight games during the months of November and December. During that time, the Pacers made it clear that there was no structural damage to Oladipo’s knee.

The Pacers went 7-4 when Oladipo missed time earlier this year, a vast improvement from how they performed without him in 2017-18. Utah was the only team currently in the playoffs that the Pacers beat during that stretch though.

"We’ll see what tomorrow shows and go from there," Oladipo said after the game. "My teammates stepped up earlier this season and everyone has the utmost confidence going forward.”

Three Pacers’ Takeaways:

-Commendable Effort: In perspective, Wednesday’s win means virtually nothing compared to awaiting official news on Victor Oladipo’s right knee. But it was a commendable effort by the Pacers having just seen their star suffer a serious injury. Thaddeus Young showed once again why he is a pro’s pro. Young spoke to the team right after the Oladipo injury. And then on the court he led the effort with 23 points and 15 rebounds, in the win. Yes, the Raptors were without Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday, but losing your star mid-game to that sort of injury is different. A job well done by Nate McMillan’s team on Wednesday, beating the Raptors, 110-106.

-Tyreke Evans Time: Individually, no player will be asked to do more in Oladipo’s absence than Tyreke Evans. It’s been an inconsistent first season for Evans in Indiana, but his best stretch has been as of late, after receiving a January PRP injection in his nagging knee. Evans has scored in double figures in 7 straight games and is the likely starter for however long Oladipo is sidelined. Outside of Evans, you have to think Nate McMillan will be much more open to longer runs of having Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis on the court together, to try and cause a different looking matchup for opposing teams.

-Awaiting Thursday’s MRI: All of Pacers Nation now holds their breath waiting for the MRI results on Oladipo’s right knee. The Thursday MRI will be with the Pacers in town, as they next travel to Memphis on Friday afternoon for a Saturday night contest. If Woj’s report is true, you then wonder how strenuous the rehab will be for Oladipo in looking ahead to the 2019-20 season. Oladipo, 26, remains under contract for two more year is the obvious centerpiece to his new era of Pacers basketball. Any gruesome injury like we saw on Wednesday you feel terrible for the player, but especially for Oladipo, who has an incredible work ethic and an infectious personality.  


Pacers Upcoming Schedule

-at Grizzlies (Saturday, 1/26)

-Warriors (Monday, 1/28)

-at Wizards (Wednesday, 1/30)

-at Magic (Thursday, 1/31)

-at Heat (Saturday, 2/2)

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