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Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad tendon and will undergo season-ending knee surgery, the team announced Wednesday.
OFFICIAL: Victor Oladipo has a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. He will undergo surgery at a date to be determined and will be out for the season. https://t.co/bAZIgJfhVn pic.twitter.com/GbbSi6wzl3
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 24, 2019
Oladipo collapsed under the basket during the Pacers’ 110-106 home win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. A trainer placed a towel over Oladipo’s knee before Oladipo was carried off the court on a stretcher. Oladipo gave the thumbs up to fans as he was taken to the locker room.
“I just slipped and I knew it was serious,” he told reporters.
A preliminary exam gave the Pacers reason to believe the injury would in fact require surgery, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. He underwent an MRI on Thursday that revealed the seriousness of the injury.
Oladipo and the Pacers have been a perfect match since the team acquired him from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the trade centered on perennial All-Star Paul George.
Oladipo is averaging 19.2 points this season, and at 32-15, the Pacers sit in third in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors (36-14) were in sole possession of first until their loss at Indy.