Team Giannis led by as many as 19, but Damian Lillard and Kawhi Leonard brought Team LeBron back before Kevin Durant closed out the game with some crucial threes to give Team LeBron the win for the second straight year. The All-Star break is fun allowed teams to rest before the big stretch runs for the playoffs. Here’s where all the teams in the playoff picture rank so far this season. Continue reading →
Victor Olapido suffered a gruesome injury to his right knee in Wednesday’s contest against the Toronto Raptors. Oladipo was carried off the court on a stretcher and looked to be in a tremendous amount of pain. Oladipo would only play 10 minutes going 2-of-4 from the field and 0-of-1 from three on his way to 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
This week I wanted to start off a new weekly segment where we spotlight one player in the league who might be flying under the radar, but when you dig deep into the stats they are having a great season thus far. The player spotlight this week is focused on Indiana Pacers third-year player Domantas Sabonis who is having a very productive season.
The NBA’s Most Improved Player award is typically given to players who make a big statistical jump from their previous seasons. Last season, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo took home the NBA’s Most Improved Player award after having a breakout season. Oladipo set career-highs in points (23.1), field goal percentage (.477), three-point percentage (.371), rebounds (5.2), assists (4.3), and steals (2.4). He also led the Pacers to 48 wins, the fifth seed, and a near-upset of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs, ultimately losing in seven games.
No one could have imagined this team going on to win 48 games and finish fifth in the Eastern Conference last year. In the playoffs, they went all the way to a game seven with the eventual East champion Cavaliers. This team has a lot to build on going into this upcoming season.
The Indiana Pacers, barring trade, effectively capped their offseason after acquiring some helpful pieces in Tyreke Evans, newly drafted Aaron Holiday, Doug McDermott, and Kyle O’Quinn, while retooling in an attempt to steal the Eastern Conference after LeBron James‘ departure from the team that knocked the Pacers out of the playoffs in 2018. With the top talent in the conference fading, Indiana looks to capitalize on the recent success of Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic and the budding talent of Myles Turner to secure a home playoff series and push their limits even further.