The Jay Graves Report

Pacers miss Oladipo’s leadership and clutch shootin’ down the stretch in loss to Mavs!

Pacers have no answer down the stretch against Mavs. Photo: Michael Conroy

With Victor Oladipo sittin’ on the bench in street clothes on Wednesday night everybody and their baby’s momma knew that it would be a rough go down the stretch if the game was close. Well playboy, the Dallas Mavericks, on an eight game road losin’ streak, were right in it down the stretch and they weren’t lettin’ go. The Pacers had no answer to get buckets when they needed them in the finals seconds and loss 98-94 to the Mavericks.

It’s funny how one guy can make all of the difference in the world on a ball club. Sure, the Pacers played well without him but they needed his leadership and clutch shots down the stretch. That’s why they call them franchise players right?

It would have been different if it were Paul George. That dun was 0-16 in game winnin’ shot attempts. So it wouldn’t have made a bit of difference if he were sittin’ on the bench in a suit. He wasn’t a leader or clutch down the stretch. However, in just two short months of the season Oladipo has inserted himself into the Pacers organization as a leader and game finisher.

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! I know that Lance Stephenson said after the ball game, “We were right there. I’m not going to say (the loss) was because Oladipo was out. We were right there.” Well bruh, it came down to not havin’ Oladipo on the floor. I know that other players don’t want to admit it because they’re professionals too but that’s why Vic’s the man and the team leader. It is what it is. That’s why they pay him the big bucks.

Darren Collison said, “We just couldn’t get shots that we needed down the stretch to convert.” That’s because Oladipo was in street clothes.

On the real talk, the rest of the Pacers did work and contributed quite well with all five starters finishin’ with double figures. Lance “The Don DaDa, Myles Turner and Darren Collison all chipped in 16 apiece. Bojan Bogdanovic droppin’ off 13 as Thaddeus Young finished with 11. Corey Joseph even came out of the bushes with 10 points.

So again, the supportin’ cast did their jobs but they needed the closer to put the Mavs away. Hopefully ole boy will be healthy enough to play on Friday in Chicago. Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) Ole boy: noun – the person that I’m currently talkin’ about.

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!


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