Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo channeled the power of Wakanda and battled through the shortness of breath to drill a game-sealing 3-pointer against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. The new All-Star, who dressed as The Black Panther for Halloween, has been in fact battling bronchitis for roughly a week, as he told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth after dropping 19 of his 24 points in the second half to give the Pacers a 107-101 win.
Victor Oladipo says in post-game interview that he has bronchitis but played anyway. He scored 19 points in the second half including a pair of huge 3-pointers and a go-ahead steal and dunk late in the fourth. pic.twitter.com/gIXS7vIoIZ
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“A little short of breath at times, not as much energy,” said Oladipo, according to Scott Agness of The Athletic. “So it’s probably a good thing I got in foul trouble in the first half.”
Oladipo was mired in foul trouble early, going 2-of-6 from the floor before coming back with a fury in the second half after receiving help from a perfect outing from Domantas Sabonis, who went 12-of-12 from the field en route to a game-best 30 points on the night.
Oladipo has put up 20 or more points during his last seven games, but looked somewhat fatigued during Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, shooting a mere 9-of-24 from the floor in a 103-93 loss.
He was sneezing, sniffling and carrying a box of tissues into the training room even before the game, even bringing a second box of Kleenex to his locker.
The 6-foot-4 guard also shared that it was the first time he had ever dressed up for Halloween, not doing so as a kid growing up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.