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Indiana Pacers Guard Victor Oladipo Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Indiana Pacers Guard Victor Oladipo Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week”

The Indiana Pacers are likely going to end up somewhere near the bottom of the Eastern Conference this season, but on Sunday they came out of their game with the San Antonio Spurs with an early-season win thanks to late-game heroics from Victor Oladipo.

The Spurs swept the Pacers in their two-game series last season, winning 110-106 on February 13 in Indianapolis and 100-99 on March 1 at the AT&T Center. Over the course of the season, he ranks 9th in the National Basketball Association in points per game with an average of 25.5 points (50% FG, 46.9% 3P, 88.4% FT) and has added 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 3.5 turnovers in 31.3 minutes.

The NBA announced today that Oladipo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played October 23-29.

Another player with an axe to grind against a former team is Pacers point guard Darren Collison, who played in Sacramento for three seasons before leaving as a free agent for in this summer. He set a career high with 22 points on 9-for-9 shooting against the Spurs. He started playing two-on-two and three-on-three games two weeks ago, and finally went five-on-five last week for the first time since he was injured. He spent most of his time in training camp building chemistry with that second group. Obviously that isn't to say either of those players are better than George; no one thinks that. He's starting to get a feel playing with the first group. "He gets the ball moving and makes good decisions".

In the Pacers' three victories, Sabonis has made all 23 of his shot attempts.

With the starting unit back in the game, in used an inside slam from Thaddeus Young followed by a 3-pointer by Bogdanovic to cruise ahead and force another San Antonio timeout with 5:02 left in the half and in leading 43-38. Although McMillan said Turner won't play Tuesday night, it is possible Turner might return at Cleveland on Wednesday night.

What Oladipo gave the Pacers matters because there simply is no question or reason to fear him taking the last second shot now, something that couldn't be said of Paul George.

With the Pacers favored by only 5.5 points, it makes sense to pick them again given Sacramento's recent struggles.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has a way of getting through to his players after an effort was substandard or very bad. "Different people react in different ways". Fox is averaging a team-high 12.7 points.

Even after the early Pacers scoring streak caused a Spurs timeout, IN continued to build their advantage, leading 20-9 following a Bojan Bogdanovic 3-pointer.

After starting the quarter with a 5-0 Pacers run, San Antonio continued to chip away at the advantage, eventually tying things up at 33 with a Pau Gasol 3-pointer.

Joe Young played his most meaningful minutes of the season, putting in nine minutes and contributing a 3-pointer.



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