Indiana Pacer shooting guard Victor Oladipo is out for the season after rupturing his quadriceps tendon in the second quarter of the Pacer’s game vs. Toronto on Wednesday night. Oladipo collapsed in a heap after getting tangled up trying to intercept a pass, obviously in great pain. He was immediately treated by the Indiana medical staff who covered his leg in towels and he was carted off the floor.
Rupturing the quad tendon is considered a rare injury in basketball but not unheard of. The injury pretty much ended the career of Charles Barkley in 1999 and has happened most recently to Tony Parker with the Spurs just before the 2017 playoffs. A quad tendon injury is also considered more serious than the typical ACL injury. The quad tendon runs from the pelvis to the knee where it attaches to the kneecap. The injury in essence is the tendon tearing from the top of the kneecap. The integrity of the joint is essential for range of motion and straightening the knee.
Oladipo is actually having a poor year after a breakout season in 2017-2018. The former Indiana star is averaging 18.8, 5.6, 5.2 while shooting poorly but his 5.2 assists-per-game is a career high. Oladipo is an elite defender and considered one of the most clutch players in the the NBA during crunch time. The Pacers were 80-1 to win the NBA championship prior to Oladipo’s injury but have been dropped to 200-1 in Las Vegas.
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