Jeremy Lamb Out For Season With Torn ACL, Meniscus

Pacers wing Jeremy Lamb, who left Sunday’s game in Toronto with a knee injury, has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL, a torn meniscus, and a lateral femoral condylar fracture, the team announced today in a press release. Lamb will undergo surgery and will miss the rest of the 2019/20 season.

The injury occurred when Lamb went up for a dunk attempt in the second quarter. Raptors guard Terence Davis met him at the rim in an attempt to block the shot and Lamb landed awkwardly on his left leg. After the game, he referred to the play as a “freak accident” (Twitter link via Scott Agness of The Athletic).

The diagnosis is a devastating blow for the Pacers and for Lamb, who had been playing a key role for the team in his first season in Indiana. In 46 games (42 starts), the 27-year-old averaged 12.5 PPG and 4.3 RPG with a .451/.335/.836 shooting line in 28.1 minutes per contest.

The Pacers do have Victor Oladipo back in their lineup now, and Oladipo figures to play many of the minutes that belonged to Lamb during the first half of the season. Justin Holiday, Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell, and even Edmond Sumner are among the other players who could be relied upon more heavily with Lamb no longer an option.

Given the serious nature of Lamb’s injury, he’s unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2020/21 season. Although the Pacers haven’t offered a recovery timeline beyond ruling him out for this season, they’ll likely play it safe with the veteran swingman, who is under contract with the team through 2021/22. I’d be surprised if we see him back in Indiana’s lineup before 2021.

The Pacers aren’t eligible to apply for a disabled player exception to replace Lamb this season, since the deadline to apply for a DPE was January 15.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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9 thoughts on “Jeremy Lamb Out For Season With Torn ACL, Meniscus

    • Curtisrowe

      It’s key in the East to get at least the 3 seed. Indiana looks like toast.

  1. ChapmansVacuum

    Was watching this game at the time. I was surprised when there wasnt a post yesterday for it. It looked like something along those lines as soon as it happened.

  2. formerlyz

    Damn. Not going to lie, that sucks. Was a fan when get was in the Harden trade before OKC totally screwed up their rotations and young players, and always rooted for him to prove me right. He was doing that. Was looking forward to seeing how that team looked healthy once Oladipo was back in rhythm. As a Heat fan, I didnt want to play them, and thought they could potentially be a really tough series for Boston as well. Should be interesting to see if someone can step up or if Oladipo can get himself together down the stretch

    • formerlyz

      The typo in that top line is the story of touchscreen/autocorrect’s frustrations

  3. x%sure

    McConnell is their best guard, should start anyway. This may not make Brogdon happy since he wanted to go there to play the 1 but he has been slumping.

  4. hoosierhysteria

    Lamb was a solid addition. Not sure turner/Sabonis experiment will work. Trade turner.

  5. Indygo

    Oladipo has missed the last 2 games with back soreness. Nazr Mitrou-Long played well when brought up from Ft. Wayne earlier in the season. Pacers bounced back from 46 point loss to Toronto with 40 point win over Charlotte.

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