If there’s one in the “bubble” that seems to like it, it’s TJ Warren. Since the resumption, the Pacers winger is hot and after his 53 points against the Sixers then his 34 points against the Wizards, he followed with 32 points at 13/17 shooting against the Magic. To ensure an easy victory (120-109) for his own.
“I’m really on the beat”, explained the former Sun. “I really choose my spots and I really try to stay efficient. It was a team effort and I’m just doing my part, doing what I’m capable of. “
While he has long been reluctant to shoot from afar in his career, TJ Warren is now much more comfortable, to the point of succeeding a 4/5 against a Magic without solution in front of him.
Malcolm Brogdon attacked the right side of the field, TJ Warren sanctioned from afar, Victor Oladipo also appeared behind the defense, and the Pacers were already leading 19-3 after less than five minutes of play …
Jermaine O’Neal’s three-game points record tied
“I can’t even last how disappointing it is”, railed Steve Clifford. “You have to focus on certain things in this league, especially at this time of year. This is what we did before the break, and during the first two games (recovery) but tonight, again, it is unacceptable. “
Defensively overtaken at the start of the match, the Floridians fell too far behind, finding themselves behind by 26 points, before putting things back a little in the second half.
Evan Fournier (7 points to 2/10 shooting) very clumsy, it was Nikola Vucevic (24 points, 10 rebounds), Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross (20 points each) who tried to bring Orlando back in the second half, but Indiana has responded with every attempt to get closer, with TJ Warren looking like Latrell Sprewell in his game.
With this new performance in attack, the winger has just scored 119 points in three games, equaling Jermaine O’Neal’s record for scoring over three consecutive games!
“The team plays in a rhythm”, Nate McMillan liked. “Even though we have different combinations, the movement of the ball was always great. TJ (Warren), the ball is finding him right now and he’s just getting his shots in with a very high percentage of success. He’s just incredibly effective right now. “
Note also the 21 points 4/5 away from Myles Turner, and the contribution (12 points, 5 assists) from TJ McConnell.