Miami Heat Lose 2-Time All-Star For The Season

The Miami Heat have an unexpected 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, but the news was much worse for former two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo, who learned that he'll be out for the rest of the season due to yet another knee injury. 

Oladipo suffered a season-ending torn patellar tendon in his left knee. His third major knee surgery in four years will come this week.

But the 31-year-old is expected to try to resume his career once again, and according to NBA Insider Shams Charania, "there is optimism" that he'll be able to resume basketball activities in six months and return to play next season. 

Oladipo fell to the floor during the fourth quarter of Saturday night's Game 3 win over the Bucks. He was averaging 11.5 points in 22.5 minutes per game during the series.

"It was a great win, but when you see a player go down like that and particularly a player like Vic, who has gone through so much in the last three years..." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said,  "that's definitely not a good feeling to see."

The Heat will now have to continue any run they have in them in these playoffs without Oladipo as well as Tyler Herro, who had already been ruled out until at least the Finals with a broken hand. 

And one more bit of bad news for the Heat: Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected back for the Bucks in Game 4 on Monday.

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