Report: Pacers Fear Victor Oladipo's Gruesome Knee Injury Is Season-Ending

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJanuary 24, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 16:  Victor Oladipo#4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the  Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 16, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.    NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo suffered a gruesome knee injury on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors.

The Pacers announced Oladipo had a "serious" injury and would undergo an MRI on Thursday. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the early examination of Oladipo has the Pacers fearing he suffered a season-ending knee injury that will require surgery.

Fox Sports Indiana shared footage of the play:

Multiple sources provided information regarding the injury:

Oladipo has enjoyed a career resurgence after the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him and Domantas Sabonis for superstar forward Paul George in 2017, 

In 2017-18, the ex-Indiana Hoosier star averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and a league-leading 2.4 steals per game. Not only did he easily win the Most Improved Player Award, but the six-year veteran was also named to the All-Defensive first team and the All-NBA third team.

Oladipo surprisingly led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference's fifth seed in the playoffs with a 48-34 record. The Pacers nearly took down LeBron James and the eventual Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round but lost in seven games despite Oladipo's 22.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.4 steals per contest.

This season started out with much promise as the 6'4" guard averaged 22.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals in the Pacers' first 15 games, which resulted in a 9-6 record.

However, Oladipo then missed 11 full games with a sore right knee. In his absence, the Pacers did an excellent job staying afloat with a 7-4 mark.

Oladipo returned to the court against the Milwaukee Bucks and hadn't shown any ill effects from the knee injury since. Entering Wednesday, the 26-year-old had posted 19.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals for the 31-15 Pacers.

Indiana has done well without Oladipo on the floor, with Sabonis emerging as a dominant force thanks to 15.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

However, the Pacers don't have a consistent primary scorer sans Oladipo, and that could end up being a problem.

Bojan Bogdanovic has raised his scoring average from 14.3 points per game last season to 16.0 points on 49.2 percent shooting, but he's best used as a complementary offensive threat. Oladipo is the only Pacer capable of being the team's top offensive weapon on a game-by-game basis.

Regardless of the Pacers' performance without Oladipo on the court, the hope is that the exciting young guard returns to 100 percent. His improvement and the Pacers' ability to defy expectations after the George trade have been two of the NBA's better stories recently.

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