Well without Victor Oladipo, the Indiana Pacers are 0-6 without their All-Star and Slam Dunk Participant Victor Oladipo. Battling an illness, Oladipo had to sit out for Monday’s home game against Washington and the Pacers fell 111-102.
Bojan Bogdanovic really picked up the slack for an injury-plagued team tonight, who also just lost Darren Collison to a knee surgery earlier in the day. Bogdanovic had a team-high 29 points on 9-15 shooting, which would be a new season-high in scoring.
Joseph Young in an expanded role off the bench played 28 minutes and finished with 17 points on 6-10 shooting from the field, serving as the primary backup to Cory Joseph. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points on 7-12 shooting, while Lance Stephenson chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds.
First Half Analysis
The Pacers would not find the start to the game they had seeked, which is always a tough task when playing without normal starters. After the Wizards were up 17-8 six minutes into the first quarter, the Pacers would go on an 8-2 stretch to cut the deficit down to three points. After Washington rattling off back-to-back buckets and both sides exchanging looks. the Pacers would only trail 28-23 going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, Indiana would obtain a great start with the first 6 points scored which turned into a 13-5 scoring run to make it just a 34-33 Wizards lead. From there, Washington would pretty much have control for much of the second quarter and wound up with a 58-49 halftime advantage. They would end up outscoring the Pacers 30-26 in the quarter.
Second Half Analysis
The third quarter would probably go down as the best in the game for Indiana to this point, despite still being outscored 28-25. A three-pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic with the buzzer sounding would give Indiana some momentum going into the fourth quarter. There, they would attempt to come back but the Wizards proved to be too much for a Victor Oladipo-less Pacers as they fell 111-102. Indiana would outscore Washington in the final quarter 28-25.
The Pacers shooting numbers for what it’s worth, were very good despite the loss. They would shoot 37-80 (46.3%) from the field, 12-29 (41.14%) from deep, and 16-25 (64.0%) from the free throw line. In addition, they would grab 35 total rebounds with 8 on offense and 27 on defense. However, the Pacers were outrebounded 43-35 by a team of tremendous rebounders. Finally, Indiana would finish with 19 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks while committing 15 turnovers.
Pacers fall to 30-25 this season and 19-11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana will look to rebound with a road game at New Orleans this Wednesday at 8:00 PM Eastern.