The Indiana Pacers are putting together another strong season in the Eastern Conference, as the team currently owns a 13-9 record. Over the past few weeks, they’ve battled without Victor Oladipo, and unfortunately that trend will continue.
Although Indiana is 4-3 without Oladipo this season, it’ll be hard to constantly manufacture victories without him. The All-Star guard is averaging 21.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game through 16 games.
His return to the hardwood is still on hold, as the Pacers announced he’ll be out indefinitely with a sore right knee.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 30, 2018
If Oladipo does miss an extended period of time, Darren Collison and Tyreke Evans will have to shoulder the load for Indiana’s backcourt.
The Pacers are currently the fifth seed and don’t have much competition beneath them. However, Oladipo is the catalyst for the offense, and not having him for this stretch will definitely hurt.
Fortunately for Indiana, the star guard didn’t suffer any structural damage to his knee, per ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo (sore right knee) is still working himself back into game condition and is expected to return in the near future, league sources tell ESPN. There are no structural issues with his knee.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 30, 2018
Hopefully the former Hoosier recovers quickly from this injury, as he is truly special to watch.