The Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 110-106 at home on Wednesday night, but a gruesome injury to star guard Victor Oladipo could be a long-term loss for one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Oladipo was injured as he scrambled to defend an outlet pass to Toronto's Pascal Siakam and crumpled to the floor awkwardly.
Oladipo will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday to determine the severity of the knee injury, but the Pacers fear it's season-ending. Team officials announced during the game it was a "serious injury" to his right knee but waited until Thursday's MRI to provide more details. When he did leave the court, Oladipo received a standing ovation and responded by waving to the crowd. At 19.2 points per game, he is the leading scorer for IN, which sat third IN the Eastern Conference - 2.5 games ahead of the Celtics - entering Wednesday night. It should've been cause for celebration, but instead Oladipo's injury overshadowed the win.
Oladipo missed 11 games earlier this season with a sore right knee.
In an Instagram post from the Indiana Pacers, they gave the latest update on Oladipo. "We can't let this get us stuck in the mud".
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On the first day of Life Without Victor, the Pacers talked bravely and uncompromisingly. In his absence, Tyreke Evans, Edmond Sumner, Cory Joseph and Aaron Holiday could all stand to see more minutes. "But we can't just go be sad".
Oladipo entered Wednesday leading the Pacers in scoring with 19.2 points per game, while also contributing 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. In addition, the Pacers intend to promote Edmond Sumner from the G League to the playing roster. "They don't know what we have".
They could still make a move before the February 7 trade deadline.
"We'll be there to support him", said guard Cory Joseph.
Information from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Associated Press was used in this report.