Victor Oladipo will attend Pacers’ Game 3 vs. Celtics
Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo has received medical clearance from his doctor to travel from Miami and has a flight scheduled to attend Game 3 of the Pacers’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, according to Scott Agness of The Athletic.
Oladipo was knocked out for the season back on Jan. 23 after suffering a ruptured quadriceps tendon during Indiana’s win over the Toronto Raptors, a devastating blow for a Pacers team that appeared to be one of the best teams in the East at the time.
Since then, Indiana has certainly managed well in Oladipo’s absence, ultimately winning 48 games and nabbing the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
However, late in the year, the Pacers began to struggle, as their lack of overall firepower sans Oladipo was evident.
Defensively, Indy is still one of the best clubs in the league, but its lack of a go-to scorer has hurt it dearly in this current playoff series against the Celtics, as the Pacers dropped the first two games of this series mainly due to their lack of offense.
Indiana has scored just 165 points thus far in this series, totaling just 74-points in a 10-point loss in Game 1 and posting 91 points in what ended up being an eight-point defeat in Game 2 on Wednesday evening.
Before getting injured, Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals over 31.9 minutes per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the floor, 34.3 percent from 3-point range and 73.1 percent from the free-throw line.