Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo had his season come to a screeching halt against the Toronto Raptors What does his injury mean for the Boston Celtics?
Rising star Victor Oladipo went down with a ruptured quad tendon against the Toronto Raptors on January 23rd. Oladipo was on an Indiana Pacers team that was starting to make some noise at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. So, what does this injury mean for the Boston Celtics?
Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points per game, 5.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds. He was the engine that drove the Pacers, and now the engine’s hit a rough patch.
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The Boston Celtics can use Oladipo’s absence as a way to climb up the standings. The guys in green have been playing better basketball as of late, and while that has nothing to do with the Pacers, Oladipo being out for an extended period of time allows the C’s to keep climbing those standings.
Before the injury, the Pacers were on their way to really challenging for one of the top four spots in the East. Those four spots are most likely now to go to Boston, Toronto, Philly, and Milwaukee (not necessarily in that order).
However, Indiana has managed to hang around and currently holds the #4 seed over the Sixers. In other words: There’s some breathing room. It’s one less team for the Celtics to worry about as they try to figure themselves out
It also eliminates the Celtics having to face one of their Kryptonite’s in Oladipo. He’s been a thorn in the C’s side for a while now and manages to make the big plays against Boston even when he’s not having a particularly great game.
The game is obviously more fun when everyone’s healthy, and hopefully Oladipo is able to return healthy next season and give us some more entertaining basketball.