Victor Oladipo taken off court on stretcher after suffering knee injury
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Pacers all-star Victor Oladipo was taken off the court on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury Wednesday night against Toronto at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Oladipo’s right knee gave out during a non-contact play in the second quarter as he was running back on defense.
The team confirmed he suffered a serious injury to his right knee and that an MRI was scheduled for Thursday.
“I just slipped and knew it was serious. Obviously. We’ll see what tomorrow shows and go from there,” Oladipo said in statement released through the team. “My teammates stepped up earlier this season and everyone has the utmost confidence going forward.”
The former IU All-American screamed as trainers ran onto the floor to help him. They covered his knee with a towel before calling for a stretcher.
He waved his arms in the air to acknowledge a stunned crowd as he left the floor.
Oladipo’s been the heart and soul of the Pacers since being acquired in a trade two years ago. He leads the team in scoring this season at 19.2 points per game.
“That kid has a beautiful spirit about him,” said head coach Nate McMillan. “He’s probably one of, if not the most positive guy on this team. He has always been one to try and lift his team and lift us. We have to lift him now.”
“He brings that vibe and a energy you need for a team,” forward Thaddeus Young said. “He’s huge for us on a nightly basis and we have to be huge for him in this process and make sure we get wins in his name.”
“We’ll be there to support him,” said guard Cory Joseph. “He’s our brother and we’ll do what brothers do, lift him up.”
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski with ESPN tweeted that the Pacers fear Oladipo suffered a season-ending knee injury that will require surgery.
Here’s video of trainers assisting Oladipo:
Fans and fellow NBA players rushed to Twitter to show their support:
The Pacers would go on to beat the Raptors 110-106 to move a season-high 17 games over the .500 mark. Thaddeus Young led the team with 23 points, while Darren Collison contributed 17.