Victor Oladipo may have suffered quad tendon rupture, respected sports doctor says
Victor Oladipo on a defensive fastbreak went down with a knee injury against the Toronto Raptors. Doctor David J. Chao mentioned on Twitter that it may be a right knee extensor mechanism injury. He explained, saying that it could be a whole quad tendon rupture. This would require surgery and would mean that his season is done.
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) January 24, 2019
Oladipo left the game on a stretcher after hurting his right knee. The Pacers will be conducting an MRI to see what the specific injury is. Likely the news won’t come out until tomorrow.
His injury will really set the Pacers back for this season. They won’t be able to make it into the playoffs without his presence. He’s been so vital to their success all season long. Without him, their offense won’t be as dynamic. Their defense will take a hit as well. All season long he’s ran the offense and taken on the duty of guarding the opponents best player.
What makes this injury even more worrisome is that he already spent time out with an injury to his right knee. He had left a game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 17th last year with an injury, and hasn’t been the same since.
He finally came back three weeks later. But at that point, it was clear Oladipo wasn’t 100 percent. The team had considered shutting him down for the rest of the season, however, they were still in the thick of the playoff race.
When Oladipo returned in December it wasn’t nearly as effective or efficient as he could be. He’s shot only 40.8 percent from the field in December and in January shot only 40.3 percent. The Pacers are now 32-14 on the season and sit third overall in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.