Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury during his team's victory over Toronto, the National Basketball Association team confirmed on Thursday.
He'll undergo an MRI on Thursday, according to the team. Oladipo led the Pacers in scoring at 19.2 points per game, was a first-team all-NBA defensive selection last season and is the other co-captain.
The Pacers now hold the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and are 17 games above.500 for the first time in 4½ years.
The Pacers say Oladipo sustained a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Oladipo had to be taken off the court on a stretcher in the second quarter after collapsing while chasing down Pascal Siakam.
Throughout the league, players - including Miami's Hassan Whiteside - have already taken to social media to offer their condolences. "We can't let this get us stuck in the mud. Obviously. We'll see what tomorrow shows and go from there", Oladipo said in statement released through the team. "Lead these guys into battle each and every night and make sure we come out with a win".
When asked about Oladipo, McMillan added: "That kid has a attractive spirit about him".
The Pacers, behind 23 points and 15 rebounds from Thaddeus Young, held on to beat Toronto 110-106. "We've got to lift him now and support him". At 19.2 points per game, he is the leading scorer for IN, which sat third IN the Eastern Conference - 2.5 games ahead of the Celtics - entering Wednesday night.
The Pacers visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.