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Pacers’ Myles Turner thinks Victor Oladipo ‘will be back a lot sooner than people think’

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Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner thinks All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo “will be back a lot sooner than people think.”

Oladipo is recovering from a ruptured quad tendon in his knee. The Pacers star suffered the injury on Jan. 23 against the Toronto Raptors.

Victor Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Pacers last season before he got hurt. The high-flyer shot 42.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Indiana got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019 playoffs without Oladipo. The Pacers struggled to score the ball in the fourth quarter without their closer.

In need of scoring while Oladipo rehabs his knee, the Pacers acquired Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. Warren and Jeremy Lamb this summer. All three guys can score the ball pretty well.

Brogdon put up 15.6 points per game last season, Lamb averaged 15.3 points and Warren notched 18.0 points per contest.

Myles Turner will have to take his game to another level until Oladipo returns to the floor. He put up 13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 blocks for the Pacers last season.

Oladipo said in August he’s not going to rush back from his injury. It sounds like, though, he’s making really good progress based off Turner’s comments.