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Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo
Position: G
Born: 05/04/92
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $21,000,000
Oladipo is enjoying the finest year of his pro career, averaging All-Star numbers with 24.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his fifth season. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard is also open to participating. He posted a game-high 28 points in Indiana’s 109-94 victory in Utah Monday. “I don’t know. We’ll see,” Oladipo said of the dunk contest. “Given the opportunity, I might go out there and help Glenn defend his gem since he can’t do it.”
Pacers guard Lance Stephenson was the catalyst with a superb performance (16 points, 11 rebounds), igniting the Pacers, and getting under the skin of LeBron James (27 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds), who drew a technical foul for pushing Stephenson in frustration. “Overall it was just a great team win,” said Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, who finished with 19 points, putting the Pacers ahead for good with his final basket. “We did some great things down the stretch. They got into us early, and we just did a great job of showing resiliency.”
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Friday that he addressed his “agendas” comment with his players. “I’m going to say this and we’re going to move forward because it’s over,” Lue said before the Cavs played the Indiana Pacers. “It’s not you’re guarding (Victor) Oladipo or I’m guarding Oladipo, we’re all guarding Oladipo. It’s a team thing. So ‘Oh my man didn’t score, but he scores.’ No, that’s not team basketball. We’ve got to get back to that helping the helper. A guy goes to help and then you help him.”
Storyline: Cleveland Cavaliers Turmoil?
Making hot-take declarations about a trade one month into the season doesn’t help anyone because deals can’t truly be evaluated until years down the road. And no sane person would suggest that any team is better without George. But Oladipo is doing his part to at least make the transition tolerable for the Pacers, elevating his game in an environment that has encouraged him to fly and pushing back on the notion that Indiana got snookered. “Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. Obviously, the world felt like they didn’t get enough,” Oladipo told Yahoo Sports. “I guess that’s how they feel, that’s fine.”
But he waited until he had the resources and the means to produce an album that featured guest appearances by 2 Chainz and Eric Bellinger. “Just letting it all hang out,” Oladipo told Yahoo Sports. “Doing the music, I just kind of said, ‘It’s whatever.’ I just did it. And put it out, not really worried about what would come from it, what people thought about it, or what result came from it. I just put it out, worked hard on it. And whatever happens, happens. In the game of basketball, you kind of have to go out there and just play. Not worry about anything else and just play. Play the game within the game, play through your mistakes and keep going after it until you get it right. That’s my mentality. And it translates to both.
The Indiana Pacers aren’t kidding themselves. They knew they’d struggle without their leading scorer. What team wouldn’t? However, they didn’t expect that a neutralized Victor Oladipo would have such a profound negative effect on their effort, energy and intensity over the past three games, all losses. That, more than anything else, has been the biggest cause for concern inside the locker room. “I’m not surprised,” coach Nate McMillan said when asked about the gravity of the impact Oladipo’s absence has had. “I think anybody in the rotation — certainly a guy who has had an impact on a team early like he has — you have a tendency to miss. (But) you don’t expect it to feel as it has.”
Among Indiana’s biggest problems has been digging themselves early holes, an issue that persisted even with Oladipo healthy. However, without their star guard Victor Oladipo in the lineup, the Pacers have been unable to climb out of those big holes as had become a staple of their early-season success. “He was doing a lot for us, as far as scoring and leading transition and bringing a kind of leadership role and energy that our guys feed off of,” Nate McMillan said Tuesday. “You know, it’s not only the fans (he engerizes) with his playmaking.”
Storyline: Victor Oladipo Injury