Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo was taken off the court on a stretcher in the first half versus the Raptors with an apparent knee injury.— ESPN (@espn) January 24, 2019
Oladipo had tears in his eyes but gave a thumbs up as he was wheeled to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/kXmsvpTw25
Oladipo is out for the season with
That is a monumental jump from just one injury, but it goes to show how important Oladipo is to this team. An All-Star guard and All-Defensive first-team player, he was the cornerstone of the franchise. With Oladipo out for the season, the Pacers need big performances from Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, among others, if they're going to keep the ship afloat.
Either way, this injury is simply devastating. Especially, given how incredible Oladipo has been at closing out games for Indiana this season.
Top 5 Leaders in clutch FG%— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 14, 2019
Victor Oladipo - 63.2%
Luka Doncic - 57.1%
Nikola Jokic - 53.5%
Bradley Beal - 52.0%
Evan Fournier - 51.4%
Seriously, there's a reason why the odds jumped to +15000 after he went down.
We'll just have to wait and see if Indy can maintain a playoff spot with half the regular season left to play. They certainly have the talent to do so, it's just going to be more difficult without their leader on the court.
The Pacers surely believe they still have a shot in the East, the odds just don't necessarily agree.
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