While Paul George has struggled to gain a consistent footing with Oklahoma City, Victor Oladipo has been thriving in Indiana. Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, the two players acquired in the deal that sent George to OKC, are performing beyond expectations.
Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams had a game-high 23 points in a big-time road win at Indiana. A breakout National Basketball Association season has the 25-year-old guard stuck in an endless debate comparing him to one of the best two-way players in the world. Oladipo hit a game-winning pull-up trey against the Bulls with just over 30 seconds left, giving the Pacers a 98-96 victory. IN is only slightly overachieving based on their positive net rating (one that indicates they "should" be sitting at 15-12 right now) and, even if the shooting for Oladipo and others cools in the future, there is enough depth to potentially fill in the gaps. "I was blessed to play in front of a great in fan base. I'm pretty sure he's going to embrace that situation, and we're going to help him embrace that situation, and as a team, we're going to help him embrace that situation".
After the Pacers answered with a 9-0 run, the Thunder closed the half on a 9-3 spurt to make it 51-46.
Russell Westbrook had one of his patented triple-doubles (10 points, 12 assists, 17 rebounds), but had the lowest field-goal percentage (3-of-17, 18%) in a triple-double since Lamar Odom back in 1999.
After taking it easy against the moribund Knicks (16 points on 60% shooting in an 18 point win), Oladipo turned on the afterburners.
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"Just another game we've got to win", Stephenson said. "We've just got to learn from it and get ready for Friday". "We wanted smart kids and fliers". We should appreciate that, too, and be sure not to only dwell on past comparisons. Young played a role in the Pacers' failed chance for a comeback in the final seconds. "That's what our mindset is". Head Coach Nate McMillan has emphasized how important this current homestand would be for them in the whole scope of the season and they have definitely taken advantage of their opportunity.
"When he gets booed, we get booed", Anthony said. It will be the first time the Pacers have hosted the marquee event since 1985.
National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver was joined by Indiana governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett and Pacers owner Herb Simon among many others in making the announcement Wednesday. It's a team the city can be proud of, and the Pacers now sit as the No.5-seed in the Eastern Conference.
What Oladipo is accomplishing in IN right now has nothing to do with George. He's blessed. He's talented. After six, seven, eight years, an organization sometimes guys want something different.
"We're not enjoying these losses but we're enjoying the grind", George said.
They completed the biggest trade of the summer and no one expected the results to be what they are right now this far into the season.
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