Pacers hold off Raptors but lose star Victor Oladipo

Pacers hold off Raptors but lose star Victor Oladipo

Javier Howell
January 26, 2019

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo exited Wednesday's matchup with the Toronto Raptors with what is feared to be a season-ending knee injury, ESPN reported.

His absence could be a serious blow to his team's hopes of establishing themselves as one of the elite contenders in the Eastern Conference, but Pacers' center Myles Turner insisted in couldn't allow Oladipo's injury to derail its season. They're still third in the NBA's Eastern Conference standings.

But after going 0-6 without Oladipo last season, the Pacers went 7-4 without their best player as he recovered from a sore right knee in November and December.

Oladipo was hurt in Wednesday's 110-106 win over Toronto when he got tangled up with Raptors forward Pascal Siakam while trying to chase him down.

Players around the league and members of the media were quick to show their concern, sharing messages of support and well wishes on Twitter.

"We've got to come together and play inspired basketball", Myles Turner said.

The Pacers successfully forced a Raptors miss, but the rebound ended up the hands of sharpshooter Danny Green, who canned a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game with 31.6 seconds remaining.

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Victor Oladipo is done for the season. The Pacers are now 32-15 and own the third seed in the conference, but they hold just a 1.0-game lead over the 76ers and a 2.5-game lead over the Celtics.

"What we'll miss most is him getting a bucket down the stretch", point guard Darren Collison said. "It's emotional, but we have to overcome it and play".

Looking like Lowry: Toronto's point guard looked back to his old self for the first time in a long time, throwing his body all over the court like he was never plagued by back issues.

Serge Ibaka led the way for Toronto with 23 points and 11 rebounds, almost matching Pacers forward Thaddeus Young's 23-point, 15-rebound night.

Coach Nate McMillan said he was unsure whether Oladipo would be ready for the start of next season.

The Pacers next game is at Memphis Saturday night.