Full disclosure: I’m writing this preview on Friday before the Houston Rockets have even played the Memphis Grizzlies. So if anything crazy happened in that game, this explains why I am not mentioning said crazy event.
The Indiana Pacers sit under .500 on the season. Their biggest offseason story was their trade of Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. While Indy was bashed for making such a seemingly one-sided trade, both players have performed well so far in the young season.
Oladipo is averaging 23 points on 46% shooting (45% from deep!) and Sabonis is averaging 14/10 on 63% shooting! Both have been great for the Pacers and are making that deal not look as lopsided as previously believed. Mostly, the Pacers traded a guy who wanted out and landed two key rotation players for the future. That’s a pretty good deal to me. Not to mention I’ve been a fan of both players since their college days.
The Pacers also feature one of the suddenly-everywhere “unicorns” in Myles Turner. He’s a spectacular young talent. He’s struggled a bit lately, but he’s capable of taking over a game by himself.
Can we talk about unicorns, by the way? Like, isn’t the point of calling someone a unicorn to say that they are unique and unlike anything else we’ve ever seen before? Yet, the number of players being called unicorns is approaching double digits: Kristaps Porzingis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Jokic, and Turner have all been referred to as unicorns. Heck, I’m probably missing some of them. Still, the word is overused. Find a better way to describe these guys, please.
Tip-off is at 5pm CT