Victor Oladipo told Indiana Pacers teammates they’re at their best when nobody believes in them
Everybody loves an underdog story. It is just easier to pull for a team that is not expected to win. That has been the Indiana Pacers this season, especially since the injury to star player Victor Oladipo.
Oladipo was undoubtedly a huge loss for the Pacers, but he still believes his team can perform in the underdog setting, even without the face of the team suiting up each night.
Oladipo on what he told #Pacers teammates in Miami when they got on this run; "We're at our best when nobbody believes in us…. now they're good. They're capable of doing very special things even with me not there."
— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) February 11, 2019
The Pacers are third place in the Eastern Conference with only a game lead on the fourth place Philadelphia 76ers. They sit 4.5 games from the first place spot.
They have been without Oladipo since January 23 and still have found ways to win. In fact, they are on a five-game winning streak and are 6-4 over their last 10 games.
Teams are far from a lock for postseason play, but the Eastern Conference is very spread out in terms of the standings. The Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat are tied for the eighth spot right now, still 11 games off of the Pacers. It would take a big collapse from Indiana, and they don’t seem to be heading in that direction.
Just like Oladipo said, this Pacers team is best when they are in an underdog situation. Before he got hurt they may have been gaining some respect in the East, but after they were starting from square one, which is where they want to be.
The goal is the postseason and even if they make it they will be underdogs. This team has been a consistently undervalued team that is very good at using that to fuel their fire.