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Pacers’ Victor Oladipo says you ‘can’t rush these things’ when discussing knee rehab

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Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo isn’t going to rush his recovery from a ruptured quad tendon in his knee.

Oladipo suffered the injury on Jan. 23 against the Toronto Raptors. The Pacers star says he’s working hard every day to get back to 100 percent, but “Rome wasn’t built in one day” and he’s going to take his time:

“Ah, I’m getting there,” Oladipo said, via Scott Agness of The Athletic. “I’m working my way there. You can’t rush these things, you just got to take your time. At the end of the day, Rome wasn’t built in one day.”

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.