What Victor Oladipo’s injury means for the Pacers

With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo potentially out for the season, could the Indiana Pacers still compete in the Eastern Conference? Oladipo suffered an ugly noncontact injury to his right knee during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors and left the court on a stretcher. It was no surprise when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Pacers fear Oladipo’s injury will require season-ending surgery, a diagnosis that could be confirmed by an MRI on Thursday. After going winless in the seven games Oladipo missed in 2017-18, Indiana went 7-4 earlier this season when he sat out 11 games because of a sore right knee. Is that success sustainable for the Pacers, or would an extended absence for Oladipo make it impossible for Indiana to maintain a top-four seed in the East? Let’s take a look at the data. How did the Pacers replace Oladipo? While Indiana’s 7-4 stretch…
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