Victor Oladipo: Dan Gilbert's Paul George Comment 'Added Fuel to the Fire'

"I'm aware of what he said". In fairness, many at the time would have agreed with the owner that the Pacers didn't get an impressive haul for George, particularly given that Oladipo, widely thought to be a solid but unspectacular combo guard, was in the first year of a four-year, $84 million contract extension.

Myles Turner had 16 points and eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic ended with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals and Lance Stephenson scored 12 points off the bench for IN, which shot nearly 46-percent IN the win. But we've been playing hard. "We came into this game with a mentality that we wanted to attack on both ends of the floor and play the way we've been playing all year, and we did a great job of that". We're fully aware of his team, and we realize it's not going to be easy, but that doesn't mean we're just going to come in here and just fold. But the Pacers appeared focused and ready in Game 1. Having home court advantage now, the Pacers could put the defending Eastern Conference champions on the ropes with another win in Game 2.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted out after the game that Gilbert's comments were actually in response to a trade that the Cavaliers had in place that would have sent Paul George to the Cavs.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who said before the series that he planned to focus his defensive schemes on taking away the Pacers' biggest strength, said Cleveland was effective in executing its plan against Oladipo, despite his 32-point night. "I thought he hurt us catch-and-shoot, off the ball, relaxing, not being aware". When he did hurt us a couple times, we switched. You're going to give up something. I am.' So when I see him, I make jokes.

The D.C. -area native, who went to DeMatha High, has certainly become a far better Victor Oladipo than some expected, at least so quickly after being traded to Indiana.

The most important factor for McMillan, though, was the "confidence" with which Oladipo played. "I thought he made good decisions out there on the floor", IN coach Nate McMillan said of his star guard.

It turns out though that the comments by Gilbert weren't actually about Oladipo.

"The game itself, playing the game the right way, is what we use as motivation", McMillan said. However, he added, "Now, I'm sure our guys have heard that".

"I already had fuel", Oladipo told USA Today. A report by Yahoo! provided most of the information used in this article. "That has been the motivation from this group".

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