Jimmy Butler offered baskets to every teammate20 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
The 30-year-old didn't want his teammates to remain rusty... So he gifted them baskets
The Indiana Pacers are currently sitting in 6th place of the Eastern Conference, 6 games behind the top spot occupied by the Milwaukee Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Is that worthy of being called a potential candidate for the crown? Most of the times it’s not, but the Pacers situation is quite different, and we’ll explain why.
Victor Oladipo suffered a severe injury last season and he hasn’t played this year yet, with his return set to be in late December or the beginning of January. Malcolm Brogdon, the big free-agent signing by Larry Bird, has missed some time early in the season, and in Oladipo’s absence he’s the one who has the ability to take over. Everyone saw how good Brogdon could be in Milwaukee, but he’s actually playing almost at an All-Star level. Jeremy Lamb, who came in to replace Bogdan Bogdanovic along with TJ Warren, has been dealing with injuries as well, a player who provides a very good shooting ability and spacing. The last player who’s been out for some games in the last two weeks has been Myles Turner, a fundamental piece in the Pacers system, probably their best player along Victor Oladipo.
Hereupon, does Nate Mcmillan and his team have a chance at a deep run in the Eastern Conference? They hold a 15-9 record even with all the things mentioned above. We’ll probably see this team in full force by the All-Star break, where we could analyze this team’s strengths and weaknesses, if injuries don’t stand in the way once again. The East is wide open this year, although there are several favourite teams like the Bucks and the 76ers. Two years ago, they took a LeBron James-led team to seven games in the 1st round of the Eastern Conference, and with an improved team this time, not only in quality but experience as well, they could surprise everyone. Safe to say that no team in the East is looking forward to face a full strength Pacers squad in the playoffs.
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