After dropping their last two games at home, the Pacers are in Toronto to begin a challenging five-game stretch to close out play before the All-Star break.
The Pacers continue hunting for a comfort level with Victor Oladipo back in the mix, in particular some kind of offensive rhythm to build on while VO builds up his NBA game. On Tuesday, Nate McMillan said they will expand Vic’s minutes restriction which will hopefully include inserting him into the starting lineup. If they are trying to get him comfortable with that group, then do it at this point.
The Raptors will be a problem for the home-and-home to begin the next five games. Toronto has won their last 11 games through a relatively soft spot in their schedule to settle into second place in the East. Wins over the Thunder and struggling Sixers highlight the winning streak.
But for the Pacers, the opponent is less an issue than showing some improved play. Getting some shots to fall would help, but also showing up better on the glass where they have been dismal of late and simply not good over the past two months, will be big against the active front court in Toronto.
The Pacers’ remaining games before the All-Star break include playing a back-to-back on Saturday when they host Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. Then the Nets on Monday and Bucks on Wednesday. The good news is that all of those games are at the Fieldhouse.
With the trade deadline tomorrow, we’ll see if Vic’s return is the only rotation change the Pacers are dealing with before the break.
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