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Pacers podcast: “Is Victor Oladipo on Kyrie Irving’s level?”

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The Locked on Pacers podcast is hosted by Indycornrows staff writer Adam Friedman in collaboration with West Indianapolis Community News Pacers columnist Tony East.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dive or a loose ball in the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski
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On this episode Adam Friedman brings on Red’s Army writer John Karalis to talk Celtics-Pacers. Even though this podcast happened before Indiana’s thrilling 102-101 win, this episode is worth a listen.

They dissect why Indiana vs. Boston is such a good matchup, talk Al Hortford’s defense, how the Celtics will guard Victor Oladipo and why Kyrie Irving and Oladipo is one of the best matchups in the NBA.

To listen to the episode click below or here.

The Celtics defense:

Why Al Hortford is one of the best defenders in the league.

Why the Celtics don’t have a single player who can stop Victor Oladipo.

Victor Oladipo vs. Kyrie Irving:

Why Irving and Oladipo are the two best guards in the Eastern Conference.

Why Irving has dialed back his scoring in favor of being the team leader of the Celtics.

Why Oladipo has to take almost 20 shots a game for the Pacers to have any chance of winning.

Why John thinks Oladipo isn’t on Irving’s level.

Quick Note: I’m going to post Pacers column every Monday and occasionally Friday. It’ll break down some of the biggest Pacer news of the week, plays I’ve liked and didn’t like and preview the upcoming matchups. I also want to incorporate a mailbag piece to each column but I’ll need questions for that. I’ll remind people in my posts over the next couple weeks, but if you have at least a semi-related Pacer mailbag question you want answered click this Google link to submit them or clicking here