Indiana Pacers Lose All-Star Oladipo Amid a Impressive Regular Season
The Indiana Pacers surprised the entire NBA last season.
With higher expectations going into this year, the Pacers again rose to the occasion. Bogdan Bogdanovic has ascended into a very valuable 3-and-D player, Domantas Sabonis is one of the game’s young breakout stars, and Myles Turner has turned into a very versatile defensive anchor. Through it all, Victor Oladipo remained the backbone of the organization.
Despite a drop in his numbers from last season, Oladipo’s value cannot be understated.
Earlier in the week, as the Pacers took down the Toronto Raptors, Indiana suffered a mighty loss that has seemingly derailed its entire season. Oladipo left the game early after rupturing his quad, an injury that will require surgery and will rule him out for the remainder of the year.
“It’s very, very tough to see this happen to a guy who is so positive and means so much to this team,” veteran forward Thaddeus Young said on Thursday. “But we can’t just go be sad. We have to go out and grind out wins and stay together through thick and thin.”
Currently occupying third in the Eastern Conference at 32-17, the Pacers sit just 2.5 games away from first place.
“The season’s not over,” Darren Collison said. “They don’t know our mindset in the locker room. They don’t know what we have.”
Through 36 games, Oladipo has averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 points, and 5.2 rebounds per game.