Victor Oladipo has officially established himself as the new face of the Indiana Pacers. Sunday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Vic-Star went off for 47-points in a 126-116 overtime thriller against the Denver Nuggets.
Indiana’s own Trey Lyles and Gary Harris did their best to stop the blue and gold, scoring 25 and 21 respectively. Lyles went to Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis and Harris attended Hamilton Southeastern on the city’s north side.
Myles Turner has been contributing more and more after recovering from a concussion that saw him miss some games earlier this year. He added 24 points along with eight rebounds and a vicious euro-step slam. Thaddeus Young, the team captain, put up 18 points and nabbed six rebounds as well to help secure a Pacers win.
It is not too early to start the All-Star campaign for Victor Oladipo this season. He has more than proved why he belongs after burying a game-clinching three against the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and most recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers thus far. Not to mention the countless number of other clutch shots he has hit.
After putting his name in the Indiana Pacers record books, he is clearly the face of the franchise and as for right now, all of Indianapolis. Victor now has the fifth-highest scoring output in Pacer history behind Reggie Miller, Jermaine O’Neal, Billy Knight, and Paul George.
Speak of the devil, George and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in Indianapolis on Wednesday night to face Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers. It is clear that Vic-Star has been playing with a chip on both shoulders since the Thunder shipped him off this summer for George.
Who really got the better end of the bargain in that trade? As of right now, Pacer fans do not miss George at all because of what Oladipo is doing. He has made everyone forget about Paul George. There is hard-nosed grit that connects Victor with the city that Paul never had.
In 2017-18 so far, George is averaging 20.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 3.3 APG compared to Oladipo’s 24.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 4 APG. The Indiana Pacers are 16-11, 5th-place in the East, while OKC sits at 12-12 and are currently out of the playoff picture in the West.
The Pacers are on a four-game winning streak, all at home, and have won eleven of their last fifteen games. They look to keep this streak going on Wednesday when Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and that other guy (Paul George) come to town.
In the last matchup between the two teams, the Thunder came out on top in Oklahoma City 114-96 in a commanding fashion. That was only the Pacers fifth game of 2017 and the third consecutive road game. Wednesday’s matchup will be at home for the Pacers where they have been stellar this year.
Oladipo showed up against his former team, pouring in a 35-point effort but was held off by Russell Westbrook’s 28-points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds in addition to 28 points from Carmelo Anthony.
Guess who forgot to show up to that game? Paul George. Luckily his teammates bailed him out to get the win. George scored only ten points, collected one rebound, and fouled himself out of the game. Frustration may have set in, and adversity is something Paul has never handled well. A blow-out win Wednesday would be an early Christmas present for Pacer fans.
Indiana has six games left before they get a couple days off for Christmas to regroup before they head into the dog days of the grueling NBA season. 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.
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