Following his late-game heroics against the Boston Celtics last Saturday, Victor Oladipo from the Indiana Pacers showed up again last night. He dropped a season-high 36 points — 32 of which came in the first three quarters — 7 assists, and 6 rebounds against the Philadelphia 76ers.
There were more than a handful of shining moments from the Pacers, but they couldn’t hold on to sustain the win. The team fell apart in the last half of the game, allowing the Sixers their first road win for the year (100-94).
Victor is clearly a franchise player, and has found his groove. This is great for the team, but the Pacers rely on the big fella too often. Teams like the Sixers clearly know that he won’t sustain that kind of basketball for an entire game. The Pacers are good, really good, and sit on the ladder with 7 wins and 5 losses. I’m just saying that Victor needs some scoring help.
The Pacers improved their depth this year by signing Tyreke Evans, Doug McDermott, and Kyle O’Quinn but they lack a legitimate co-star; someone who can pick up the slack when needed. Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, or John Wall all could be good options.
Side note: have you noticed DeAndre Jordan’s free-throw average? He’s shooting 84.1% this year when he’s never been over 58% in his 11-year career. Who the hell is coaching him?
Catch you Monday.