Victor Oladipo out for season with knee injury

Posted January 26, 2019

Thad Young is ready to step up and lead the Pacers in Victor Oladipo's absence after the guard suffered a "serious" knee injury in Wednesday's win over the Toronto Raptors.

Let's be painfully honest, though: The loss of Victor Oladipo, who suffered a season-ending torn quadriceps tendon Wednesday in the Pacers' victory over the Raptors, is not only devastating but season-altering and potentially future-altering.

The Pacers issued a statement calling the injury "serious" and saying that Oladipo will have an MRI on Thursday to examine the extent of the damage. George went to Oklahoma City in the trade that brought Oladipo, as well as forward Domantas Sabonis, to in, and while there were some questions at the time about whether the Pacers could have gotten a better return, the deal has ultimately been a shrewd one for both sides. The 26-year-old was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while draining 2.1 threes.

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Dwyane Wade, who is playing in his final season in the National Basketball Association , is in a similar situation like Rose. The seven reserve spots include three frontcourt players, two guards and two additional players regardless of position.

The absence of Oladipo paves the way for other Eastern Conference teams to make the jump into the top half of the conference.

But after going 0-6 without Oladipo last season, the Pacers went 7-4 without their best player as he recovered from a sore right knee in November and December.

Oladipo was injured as he scrambled to defend an outlet pass to Toronto's Pascal Siakam and crumpled to the floor awkwardly.

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It didn't take long for supportive messages to start pouring in from around the league on social media.

"That's our captain", he said of Young, who shares the player-elected honor with Oladipo.

Coach Nate McMillan said nobody had told him if the two injuries were related. "But we got the word this morning". They now sit behind only the Raptors, a team they beat on Wednesday, and the Bucks in the standings.

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The Pacers visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.