INDIANAPOLIS, USA – Victor Oladipo suffered a “serious” knee injury against the Toronto Raptors and will need to undergo more tests to determine the extent of the damage, the Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday night, January 23 (Thursday, January 24, Manila time).
The All-Star NBA guard was hurt when he fell to the floor while defending against Raptors forward Pascal Siakam with just over 4 minutes left in the 1st half.
“After suffering a serious injury to his right knee, Victor Oladipo will have an MRI tomorrow and an update will be provided then,” the club said in a news release.
Oladipo goes down with a leg injury and had to be stretchered off. pic.twitter.com/nWMKpClY1d— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) January 24, 2019
Oladipo, who was removed from the court in a stretcher, may need surgery which would likely end his season.
He had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist before he left the game.
The Pacers, though, managed to pull themselves together to beat the mighty Raptors, 110-106.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds to power the Pacers, whose record improved to 32-15.
Toronto, still in the top two in the East at 36-14, was led by Serge Ibaka with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Lowry with 20 points
The Raptors played without their star Kawhi Leonard, who the coaching staff decided to rest.
McMillan on Oladipo: "That kid has a beautiful spirit about him. He's the most positive guy on this team. He has always been one to try and lift his team and lift us. We've got to lift him now." #Pacers pic.twitter.com/4JUm5mzY7K— FOX Sports Indiana (@FSIndiana) January 24, 2019
Oladipo is the Pacers’ leading scorer, averaging 19.2 points per game. He missed 11 games in November and December due to right knee soreness.
Over his NBA career, Oladipo is averaging 17.5 points per game. – Rappler.com