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While Indiana Pacers All-Star quarterback Victor Oladipo is slowly returning to court, the franchise is doing everything possible to correct the situation. The 27-year-old ex-Husier is recovering from a rupture of the square’s tendon that suffered last season, and has not yet appeared this year, but his progress is encouraging.

Oladipo participated in training with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants from the G-League to get his legs back under him. Pacers head coach Nate Macmillan recently watched Oladipo train with Mad Ants, and he had nothing to say but to say that the guard “had no failures,” which is a good sign, at least:

Nate Macmillan watched the Mad Ants training yesterday, in which Victor Oladipo participated.

Macmillan had no notable victories, except as: “He had no setbacks. And I think this is a big thing when a guy goes through rehabilitation. ”

– Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) December 31, 2019

Indiana, under Macmillan and without Oladipo, was still able to put on a huge team this season. On Tuesday, the Pacers entered the game against the Philadelphia 76ers 21-12, lacking a conscientious All-Star shooting range, and currently have sixth seed in the Eastern Conference for more than a third of the season. So far, Pacers have personified a team sport with six double-average players, led by Malcolm Brogdon, a former rookie of the year with Milwaukee Bucks, who was acquired as a free agent last offseason.

While rival teams fight for players in the trade bloc until the February NBA deadline, Pacers can get a huge boost when Oladipo returns after a tendon injury. The hope that he will return at the end of January, although Indiana still has not set a timetable for his return.

Obviously, it will take Victor Oladipo some time to get back in shape whenever he gets back, but if that can happen by the time the season changes, Pacers will become a formidable threat in the competitive Eastern Conference.