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Video: Pacers’ Victor Oladipo seen running for first time after season-ending injury

Victor Oladipo, Pacers

Indiana Pacers fans got some great news on Friday, as star shooting guard Victor Oladipo was seen running for the first time after his gruesome season-ending injury.

Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Jan. 23 against the Toronto Raptors. It appears the high-flyer is making great progress in his recovery and the Pacers certainly can’t wait to get their All-Star back next season.

Before he got hurt in January, Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the Pacers while shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Indiana was 25-11 when Oladipo was in the lineup in 2018-19.

The Pacers got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. Without Oladipo, Indiana didn’t have a player who could close out games and make big shots in the fourth quarter.

Oladipo won the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year award. He has two years left on his contract with the Pacers. Indiana obviously wants to see how effective Oladipo will be next season coming off an injury, but the prevailing thought is the Pacers want to have a long-term relationship with the 27-year-old guard.