In an unfortunate scene last night, Victor Oladipo went down against the Toronto Raptors in a scary knee injury. Many believe that he is out for the year, but that is little to talk about. So far, the time table is unknown, just like many speculations are swirling about what the injury actually is. We will know more following the MRI he is receiving today.
The biggest issue, to me, is the void that has been created. The Pacers have lost their best player and only All-Star for potentially the season. Not only that, he was also their leading scorer. This is horrible for them, since they essentially focused the rest of their team on the defensive end. While their defense won’t suffer horribly, it does put at risk their offense. I hope Cory Joseph can suck it up and shoulder the load, and truly hope the Miles Turner keeps making his push for All-Star consideration.
This team is now in the hands of Miles Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Domantas Sabonis. Is it concerning that all of these players can only play the 4 and 5? Very. However, all three are the next best players after Victor Oladipo. Cory Joseph is the 5th best player, and is (thankfully) a guard. Still though, this is a scary consideration if you are a Pacers fan, since this injury only exasperates the weakness of guard and wing depth.
While I hope that the Pacers can still stay in the race for the 4th/5th seed, but I fear this injury may slide them more to the 5th-7th range. I am very intrigued to see how the Pacers will overcome this adversity, but I am concerned that their season may fall flat, even following a win over the Raptors. Let’s hope I am wrong.