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Pacers podcast: “How the hell has this team won six in row without Victor Oladipo, it’s amazing.”

New week and of course a new podcast.

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Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer performs a cheer in a game against the Charlotte Hornets during the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Brian Spurlock
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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.

On this week’s episode Adam and Tony discuss the defense’s incredible performances without Victor Oladipo, talk through Myles Turner’s defensive player of the year candidacy, Thaddeus Young’s underrated defensive performance, Bojan Bogdanovic’s great week, whether the Wes Matthews signing was worth it and preview this week’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

To listen to the episode click below or here.

The guys open the show by discussing the Pacers rise back to number two in the NBA in defensive rating. Adam makes the case that Turner should be defensive player of the year and might have been snubbed from the all-star game.

Tony makes the case for Young to be considered for a spot on the First or Second Team All-NBA Defense. He also wonders what are Young weaknesses now that his three-point shot is falling consistently.

The guys then discuss Bogdanovic’s stellar week and whether he’s going to be out of the Pacers’ price range this summer.

In the second segment of the show Adam and Tony debate whether the Matthews signing hinders Aaron Holiday’s development. Adam questions whether the signing was in the best interest of the Indiana’s long-term goals or an attempt to make as much money is this year’s playoffs as possible.

Tony doesn’t quite buy into this theory and finds value in having Matthews on the team right now.

In the last segment the guys preview the only Pacer game this week against the Bucks. Both guys pick Giannis Antetokounmpo as the butcher. They also wonder if Young can repeat his stellar performance from the Indiana’s last game against Milwaukee.