clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Pacers Links: How Oladipo fought through slump and Pacers defense fights through screens

The Pacers have another off day in Cleveland but there is plenty coverage on the series to consume

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers drew plenty of attention with their Game 1 win over the Cavaliers leading to plenty of coverage from NBA media. As usual, those who were not as surprised and knew something about the Pacers covered it best.

Among the great stuff out there are a couple of articles from the Indy Star with great reporting on Victor Oladipo and the Pacers defense. Lots of great stuff in both but here’s a tease.

Gregg Doyel writes about how Victor Oladipo found his game again, after getting roughed up by opponents following the All-Star break. As we discussed here, Nate McMillan has been a big influence on Vic’s big season and that includes working him through the rough stretch to find new ways to attack.

But after the All-Star break, Oladipo was slumping. On the outside, we were speculating about the wall. On the inside, Nate McMillan saw what was happening: Opposing teams were showing Oladipo a crowd. He summoned Oladipo to another meeting. Here, McMillan said. Try this.


Try this, McMillan was telling Oladipo: Get the ball and back up before the double team can come. How far back? As far as you want. Beyond shooting range. Back up, size up the defense and charge. Make the defender choose, McMillan was telling Oladipo: Move his feet and try beating you to the spot … or wave the white flag, backpedal as you approach, and let you dribble into an open 3-pointer.

Oladipo’s response? That smile.

Also from the Star, J. Michael writes about the Pacers defense and the team’s reluctance to take the easy way out by switching, instead constantly fighting over the top to avoid switching into bad matchups at all cost. Nate McMillan preaches that all his guys should strive to be two-way players and Dan Burke enforces the mind set. Al Jefferson summed up Dan Burke’s expectations quite nicely.

“We are more old school,” said Al Jefferson, a 14-year veteran off the bench. “D.B., he keeps it consistent. I remember last year guys wanted to switch. To be out there switching just to be switching, that’s the easy way out. Coaches not going to play that (expletive).”

Plenty more to digest on yet another off day, so check out the links:

Pacers Know What They've Done: Won One | Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers win vs. Cavs with old-school defense - Indy Star

Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo was unstoppable against LeBron's Cavs - Indy Star

Despite Game 1 Dominance, Pacers Believe They Can Play Better | Indiana Pacers

Victor Oladipo Still Motivated By Paul George Trade Skeptics | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Jeff Green won't adjust to Pacers' defense, will continue to take shots when left open |

Cleveland Cavaliers inside story of Victor Oladipo and Dan Gilbert -- Terry Pluto (video) |

NBA Playoffs 2018: Victor Oladipo ‘closing speed’ makes him a trendsetter -

On Pace: Indiana opens eyes with blowout of LeBron, Cavs - AP

Victor Oladipo of Indiana Pacers says Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's post-trade remarks 'added fuel to the fire'

After a rough offensive Game 1, lineup change may be in store for Cavs - Fear The Sword

FOX Sports Indiana ratings for Pacers games up 18 percent | Vigilant Sports

Stephen Jackson reacts to the Cavs’ blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers | FOX Sports

NBA Playoffs 2018: Indiana Pacers were free to be themselves, and they thrived -

Three adjustments LeBron James, Cleveland should consider for Game 2 – ProBasketballTalk

The Indiana Pacers defense was top-notch in game 1

Paul George-Thunder trade that sent Victor Oladipo to Pacers highlights NBA playoffs - Business Insider

Paul George has outstanding playoff debut for Oklahoma City Thunder