By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indiana Pacers will be without star Victor Oladipo for the rest of the season. He has ruptured his quad tendon.
The team announced his injury on Thursday after he underwent an MRI. This is a tough blow for the team, as he was their best player.
Oladipo will have to undergo surgery at a later date. That will be determined in the days and weeks to come.
He was injured on Wednesday night in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors. He lost his footing when Pascal Siakam was trying to defend him in the transition.
After landing on the floor, the 26-year-old Silver Springs, Maryland native remained on the floor for several minutes, as medical personnel tended to him. He would eventually be stretchered off the court.
According to the Very Well Health, this injury is an injury that happens with the large tendon about the kneecap. This tendon helps straighten the knee and helps with the kicking motion.
This injury normally occurs, the website says, in association with athletic activities and active lifestyles. Charles Barkley and Tony Parker are two former NBA players, who had this same injury.
Oladipo — who was attempting to make his second straight All-Star Game appearance with the Pacers before this injury — appeared in 10 minutes and 23 seconds of game action against the Raptors. He had four points, with three rebounds and one assist at the time of the injury.
He previously missed 11 games this season from Nov. 19 through Dec. 10.
This season, he made 36 starts with the Pacers. His final stat line will be 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.