Toronto Raptors’ winning run ends at three, as Indian Pacers win 110-106
Victor Oladipo suffered a serious right knee injury that could alter the season for the Indiana Pacers.
The All-Star guard crumpled to the ground with 4:05 left in the second quarter. As he tried to defend an outlet pass to Toronto’s Pascal Siakam.
The magnitude of the injury was apparent almost immediately. As trainers draped a towel over the leg, and players from both teams surrounded Oladipo as he remained down. No replays were shown on the video screen.
Fans began chanting his name and gave him a standing ovation as he was carted off on a stretcher. Team officials later said Oladipo was scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday.
“There’s no other choice but business as usual,” assistant coach Dan Burke told Fox Sports Indiana at halftime. “For 24 minutes, we have to have our focus right here. Our hearts and thoughts might be somewhere else, but we have to focus.”
Oladipo leads the Pacers in scoring at 19.2 points per game, and it appears that Indiana, who are third in the Eastern Conference behind Toronto and Milwaukee, will be without him for a substantial amount of time. Previously he missed 11 games earlier this season with a sore right knee. Furthermore, the Pacers went 7-4 in that stretch.
“It’s unfortunate,” Darren Collison told the crowd afterward. “We’ve got to keep going for him.”
It didn’t take long for supportive messages to start pouring in from around the league on social media.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, Phoenix guard Devin Booker, Washington guard Bradley Beal and Oklahoma City’s Paul George were among the first to respond.
“Prayers up VO,” George wrote on Twitter, with four sets of the praying hand emoji to emphasize his point.
Oladipo was acquired in a trade for George in the summer of 2017.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Pacers on Wednesday. Furthermore, Collison added 16 points as Indiana won their third straight game and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Raptors.
Toronto was led by Serge Ibaka with 23 points and 11 rebounds. While Kyle Lowry added 20 points. The Raptors again played without Kawhi Leonard, O.G. Anunoby or Jonas Valanciunas because of injuries.
The Raptors raced to a 24-16 lead at the end of one quarter. Before extending the margin to 30-10 early in the second and finishing the half on a 9-4 run to make it 59-47 at the half, the Pacers maintained the upper hand in the second half.
Toronto got as close as 98-97 after Serge Ibaka made a 5-footer with 4:20 to play. But Thaddeus Young answered with a three-point play and the Pacers made just enough plays down the stretch to hold on.
Six players scored double digits for the Raptors. Toronto dropped to 8-2 on the second night of back-to-backs and 11-3 this season without Leonard. While Ibaka had his seventh double-double of the season and also had three blocks. Lowry had five rebounds and seven assists.
Next up is the Houston Rockets for the Raptors on Friday evening.