Pacers star Victor Oladipo undergoes successful surgery after knee injury
According to an official press release from the team, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo underwent successful surgery to repair a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Monday. Though there is no timetable set for his return, the Pacers expect Oladipo to make a full recovery.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 28, 2019
Oladipo’s injury occurred in the first half of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors. Just before he could go up to defend a shot in transition, his knee buckled. He went down in obvious pain and was later taken off the court on a stretcher.
Losing Oladipo is obviously a tough blow for the Pacers, who have playoff aspirations. In 36 appearances with the team this season (all starts), the former Indiana Hoosier standout has racked up averages of 18.8 points (team-high) on 42.3 percent shooting from the field (34.3 percent from beyond the arc), 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.9 minutes per outing.
“We’ve got to come together and play inspired basketball,” Pacers big man Myles Turner told ESPN, referring to Oladipo’s injury. “We can’t let this get us stuck in the mud. It’s emotional, but we have to overcome it and play.”
Hopefully, Oladipo will be back on the floor sooner rather than later. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on his status as they become available.