The Indiana Pacers currently occupy the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 32-15 record. They’re only 2.5 games out of first place and many people believe that the loss of Victor Oladipo is going to send Indiana spiraling down the standings.
Oladipo has already missed 11 games this season and the Pacers were 7-4 in his absense beating opponents by 6.5 points per 100 possesions which was the 5th highest scoring differiantial in the NBA during that stretch.
But the Pacers
Like the Los Angeles Clippers in the West, the Pacers have enough depth and quality rotation players to compete with anyone on any given night without a superstar running the show.
Tyreke Evans can easily step into the starting role and replace his scoring. Defensively, it may be a struggle to patch the massive hole that Oladipo’s shattered knee causes as he was often responsible for guarding the opposing team’s best player.
So how will the Pacers survive without Victor Oladipo?
Oh, don’t get it twisted. They won’t survive. But the thing is, the Pacers weren’t going to win the Chip even if Oladipo was healthy as hell. The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks are better basketball teams.
When the playoffs start, the Sixers are unleashing Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler onto the world and the Pacers are running out Darren Collison.
And as much shit as I’ve talked about the Boston Celtics, they have playoff Kyrie this year. Plus, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum can put up 30 points on any given night.
So, as far as the regular season goes, I do think the Pacers will keep a Top 4 seed and have home-field advantage in the postseason but once the playoffs start, it’s a wrap for Indiana. The Pacers don’t need Victor Oladipo. They can loss without him.
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