After 371 days away from the NBA, Victor Oladipo from the Indiana Pacers made his return against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Victor had been sidelined all season long since his gruesome ruptured quad tendon to his right knee on January 23, 2019.
Oladipo finished the game with nine points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with four assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes. That’s a rusty, but pretty good return from a season-ending injury and over a year in rehab to get him back into the league.
But his crowning moment of the night was his lone 3-pointer that came after he missed his first six attempts. Victor took the shot with 10.3 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime, which led to his team’s 115-106, come-from-behind victory over the Bulls.
As I have previously stated in an earlier issue, the Pacers are a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. Looking back, Indiana has lost in the first round of the playoffs for four straight years, never seeding higher than fifth place in the East. That could be a sign that each roster hit their ceiling heading into the Playoffs. Now that Victor is finally back in the roster, can he be ‘The X Factor’ for his team? Can he make this winning team become a contender?
Catch you Monday.