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Heat’s Victor Oladipo helped off court after ugly knee injury

UPDATE: Oladipo has a torn patellar tendon, which means he is not only out for this postseason but he could miss the start of next season as well, depending on the severity of the tear.


After a surprisingly comfortable Game 3 win on Saturday that has the Heat up 2-1 on the Bucks, one would think the Heat locker room would be loud and rocking.

Instead, Erik Spoelstra summed up the mood this way: “I feel like throwing up right now.”

That’s because Victor Oladipo slipped and went down with what appears to be a nasty knee injury, and he had to be helped back to the locker room. Here is a video of the incident (this is disturbing, so watch at your own risk).

There is no prognosis yet, but the reactions of his teammates suggest this is not good.

Oladipo played just 12 games in the 2020-to-22 seasons primarily due to a right quadriceps tendon injury, then he missed the first 25 games of this season with a right knee injury. He has worked hard at rehab to get back on the court, making him a popular teammate.

This injury is to the left leg, but it still would be a massive setback to the former All-Star and All-NBA player who won the 2018 Most Improved Player award. Oladipo’s defense played a key role in the Heat’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago.