Indiana Pacers: Playoffs in Jeopardy After Losing Victor Oladipo

The Indiana Pacers are quietly making waves in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. That was until last night. Guard, Victor Oladipo went down with looks to be a season-ending injury. Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the early reports from Pacers are that Oladipo’s injury is significant and will require season-ending surgery. This is a major blow for a team that had playoff aspirations.

The Indiana Pacers are currently the third seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. At 31-15, they have been having an outstanding season. However, after last night’s injury, their fortunes could change.

Victor Oladipo’s season started out as strong as the Pacers. He was averaging 23 PPG, 7 RPG, 5 APG, and 2 SPG during the first 15 games of the season. This outstanding start led the Pacers to a 9-6 record. Then the troubles began. Oladipo would miss the next 11 games with a knee issue. Meanwhile, the Pacers would have a 7-4 record while he was out.

Now this injury. The Pacers will need to find a way to make up the 20 PPG, 6 RPG, 5 APG, and 2 SPG that Victor Oladipo was averaging. This means that others are going to have to step up in his absence.

Who will step up for the Indiana Pacers?

Domantas Sabonis will need to continue his growth with Dipo on the shelf. The young power forward is averaging 15 PPG to go along with 10 RPG. That is going to have to increase for the Indiana Pacers to be able to keep up their playoff pace.

Another player that the Pacers could look to is Bojan Bogdanovic. He has increased his scoring this year. Bojan is averaging 16 PPG. He is also shooting just short of 50% from the field. However, he is better when he is playing a complementary role rather than the lead. Nonetheless, he may need to step up his role.

The main concern is for a healthy return for Victor Oladipo. His presence on the court is a definite need for the Indiana Pacers. If his loss is significant, making the playoffs could become a troubling task for the current three seed in the east.

UPDATE: Victor Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad!

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