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Limited Upside Podcast: On why the Indiana Pacers are neither bad nor boring

We didn’t see that coming.

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With Victor Oladipo blossoming and Paul George back in town for tonight’s highly anticipated showdown, SB Nation assistant NBA editor Whitney Medworth and I rejoined the Limited Upside podcast hosted by Mike Prada and Ben Epstein to discuss the NBA’s surprise team while consuming some heaping helpings of crow.

As it turns out, the Indiana Pacers are immensely fun and Kevin Pritchard deserves the last laugh.

Listen to that conversation along with the following rundown of topics, here.

  • We admit we were wrong. Very wrong.
  • Oladipo-mania: Why the athletic guard is thriving on the court for the Pacers and connecting with fans in a way that Paul George arguably never really did.
  • Some comparisons between Victor Oladipo/Brandon Roy and Myles Turner/LaMarcus Aldridge are tossed around which have since eased my irrational fears of Portland East. Sometimes it’s good to get the band back together.
  • Crediting Nate McMillan for the flow of the offense as well as moving Domantas Sabonis to the backup five position.
  • Acknowledging the little things that Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic do that make a big difference.
  • Who has Paul George become in OKC?
  • Will time and distance improve how Paul George is remembered?
  • Are the Pacers the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns? Does it matter? It seems like Kevin Pritchard has positioned them well to let the good times roll without locking themselves into their own hype. (Note: I misspoke during this section and referred to the partially guaranteed contracts of Darren Collison, Al Jefferson, and Bojan Bogdanovic as team options.)
  • Our favorite games of the season so far.
  • Some predictions for tonight’s game.